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 and
  • 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"

Millie Williamson
Junior WAG Competitive & WAG Development Coach
  • Born in Wellington
  • Started gymnastics at the age of 7 and retiring at 16 years old.
  • Currently attends St Margarets College
  • Junior Competitive & Development Coach – Accredited GSNZ coach

Personal Achievements & International competitions competed at include but not limited to:

  • 2013 - Australian Youth Olympic Festival;
  • 2010 – 2014 – New Zealand & Australian National Championships
  • 2014 - Youth Olympic Games in 2014
  • New Zealand Representative; Canterbury Representative
  • New Zealand National Title Champion
Amanda Johanson
FIG 2 Qualified Senior Coach
  • Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
  • Started gymnastics at the age of 5
  • Studied graphic design at University of Denver
  • Currently studying Masters Degree in Psychology @ University of Canterbury

Personal Achievements & International competitions competed at include but not limited to:

  • 5 time state champion
  • Full ride scholarship for gymnastics at University of Denver
  • 2012 - 17th place in the World Cup for aerials ski jumping
  • 2014 - NZ Nationals - Coached the National Champions
  • 2015 - Coached the New Zealand Gymnastics Team at Pacific Rim
Nikita Mischewski
Junior WAG Competitive & Adults Coach
  • Born in New Plymouth
  • Graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree from the University of Otago in 2017. Is currently working as a physiotherapist for the Christchurch District Health Board.
  • Started gymnastics at the age of 6 years - competing until the age of 17 years.
  • Personal Achievements, National & International Competitions competed at include -Step 7 Midlands Champion; Step 8 Midlands Champion;
  • Taranaki National Representative Step 7 (1st Beam & 2nd Vault); Tarankai National Representative Step 8 (1st Vault & 4th Floor)
  • New Zealand Representative 2x - Aloha GymFest; Hawaii 2013 (2nd Overall; 1st Teams Event)
Brianna Murphy
Regional Competitive Coach
  • Born in Perth, Australia, but grew up in Christchurch
  • Started out as a competitive dancer, competing throughout NZ and Australia.
  • Later found a passion for gymnastics, and began coaching in Auckland at the age of 18.
  • Coached at Olympia Gymnastic Sports for 2 years.
  • Currently studying a Bachelor of Health Science at UC.

Reuben Garlick
Junior Development/Junior MAG Coach
  • Born in Christchurch 
  • Canterbury Representative - competing at Competitive Levels 1 to Level 6
Trinity Cassidy
Novice and Advanced Recreational Coach
  • Born in Auckland, New Zealand and raised in Christchurch
  • Started gymnastics at the age of 4 years until the age of 13 competing Steps 1-5
  • Personal achievments, 2 Canterbury Champion Titles and 1 South Island Champion Title
  • Though she stopped competing she loved gymnastics too much to stay away and started her coaching journey in 2017