Coaching Team

All of our Coaching Team are currently NZ First Aid Qualified; GSNZ Accreditated Coaches.We look forward to you coming to visit Te Wero Gymnastics - where we endeavour to provide quality coaching, individual pathways, coach development, with New Zealand's leading accredited International Gymnastics Coaching Team - Jozsi & Svetlana.

Jozsef ‘Iosif’ Ferencz
Head Coaching Director

Born in Gheorgheni, Romania, Jozsi began gymnastics at a young age until the age of 16.

Physical Education Degree – Bucharest

1993 – Appointed National Coach Romania Gymnastics Team
1994 – Founded Progym Sports Club in Gheorgheni, Romania

As the Romanian National Men’s Coach in the 1990s, Jozsi took the team to the podium for the very first time at the 1995 World Championships and two apparatus medals at the 1996 Olympic Games, Atlanta.

1996 – Fromeside Gymnastics Club, United Kingdom
2006 – 2015 – Head Coach Christchurch School of Gymnastics

International Gymnast Achievements include but not limited to –

  • Marius Urzica – 1st - Junior European Championships; 1st - World Championships Brisbane; 2nd - Pommel Horse 1996 Olympic Games, Atlanta, USA.
  • Dan Burinca – 2nd - Rings 1996 Olympic Games, Atlanta; 1st - Sydney, 2nd  - Athens 1995 Romanian MAG Team – Bronze Medal World Championships in Sabae, Japan.
  • 2010-2014 – New Zealand National Coach – 2010 Commonwealth Games, Delhi; 2013 Pacific Rim Championships, USA; 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow; 2014 World Cup, Doha.
  • New Zealand International Gymnasts include Lani Hohepa, Holly Moon, Charlotte Sullivan, Millie Williamson, Courtney McGregor.
  • Courtney McGregor – 2nd vault Pacific Rim Championships; Finalist Vault 2013 & 2014 World Cup.

Philosophy & Vision – “To use my full potential and expertise to increase the quality and standard of gymnastics in New Zealand. New Zealand has not yet reached its full potential in performance gymnastics. There are many talented children who can fulfil their aspirations through proper quality coaching”.

Svetlana Sazonova
WAG Head Coach

Born in Yaroslavl Soviet Union (Russia)
Russian gymnast for 10 years - Member of Junior National Team

Yaroslavl Gymnastic Club

Attended Yaroslavl pedagogical university 1988-1992 – Master of Sport Degree

Previous coach at Spartak – Russia;

Christchurch School of Gymnastics 2004-2015 

International Gymnast Achievements include but not limited to –

  • Millie Williamson - Youth Olympic Games, Pacific Rim, 1st place Australian Competition Perth
  • Charlotte Sullivan- World Cup finalist (3rd place - beam), finalist on Floor for Doha World Cup, finalist on Beam Pacific Rim, finalist All Around and Floor for Commonwealth Games, World Championship athlete 
  • Courtney McGregor - athlete for Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, World Cups, Pacific Rim Finalist on vault, World Championship, World Cups and multiple International competitions throughout USA, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia

Philosophy & Vision - Why do you enjoy coaching @ Te Wero? “Because of the positive atmosphere and people around”
Philosophy – “Through hard work to bring out the beauty of gymnastics"

Emma Green
Junior Development & STEPS 2-6 Coach

Bachelor of Teaching and Learning

Gymnastics Coach WAG Junior Advanced

8 years coaching experience

Kia Ora my name is Emma Green and I can be found coaching our competitive girls across Steps 1-6. I have a strong passion for working alongside tamariki to help them grow and develop into not only great gymnasts, but amazing individuals.

I believe that for young children’s learning and development to be enhanced, there needs to be a strong focus on whanaungatanga and caring relationships.

I am most proud when I see each of my athletes happy and achieve success, whatever that may look like for them.

Rere atu, rere mai taku manu e, Rere ki tua, rere ki ko. Kia whetutangitia e. Fly my bird, in every direction. Attain the countless stars.

Brianna Murphy
Regional Competitive Coach


GradDip Teaching and Learning 

I have been coaching gymnastics for the last 9 years, 4 of these with Te Wero under the watchful and helpful eyes of Jozsi and Svetlana. During this time, I have become the lead coach of the Regional Competitive programme, which has been hugely successful and is currently regarded as one of the strongest in the country. This is in no small part due to the help of Jozsi, Svetlana, and other past coaches at Te Wero who have fostered my growth and learning in the sport. And, of course, many supportive families along the way - some of whom have been with me the entire 4 years!

My coaching and teaching philosophy uses a child-centred approach. My goal as a coach is to ensure my athletes are happy, healthy, and show positive attitudes toward their journey as learners. The key values I uphold (and expect my gymnasts to uphold) include positive relationship building, kindness/respect, self-management, and a good work ethic.