Club History

TANJULE RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS CLUB – Rhythmic Gymnastics was first introduced in Australia and formed nationally in 1977, when it was included under the Australian Gymnastic Federation umbrella.  Club founder Julie Miecinski (then Longmire) competed as a gymnast in Australia’s RG inaugural year and then went on to form Tanjule Rhythmic Gymnastics Club in 1991, to establish the sport in the southern suburbs of Adelaide. In January 1991, the club was based at Morphett Vale Primary School, but moved to the Hallett Cove R-12 School Gym mid-1991, where it remains today. Tanjule RG Club began with 14 gymnasts and 2 coaches, and progressed steadily into the thriving club it is today.

LISA SIENKIEWICZ – HEAD COACH / JUDGE / CLUB PRESIDENT- Lisa is an Advanced Silver Coach and Advanced Judge who first came to Tanjule RG Club in its founding year in 1991 as a talented gymnast who competed at State and National levels. Lisa has previously been awarded both “Elite Gymnast of the Year” and “Levels Gymnast of the Year” Awards as an SA gymnast. Lisa has over 15 years coaching and judging experience and commitment to rhythmic gymnastics in South Australia and has represented the club at interstate competitions as a coach and judge. Lisa oversees the running of the club and is the coach of the Junior Squad and Senior Squad classes.

EVIE ASKELL-WILSON – COACH / JUDGE- Evie came to the club as a young gymnast and has stayed on as a valuable member of the Tanjule coaching team. Evie is a successful Advanced coach and Intermediate judge and has also travelled interstate as a coach to represent the club. Her dedication to the club and her talent as a coach is shown through the numerous classes she coaches and the many events she attends as both a coach and judge. Evie is currently coaches our level 1, level 3 Senior and Junior Squads.

PHOEBE ASKELL-WILSON – COACH – Phoebe joined Tanjule as a gymnast in 2015. Phoebe’s natural talent allowed her to move through the beginner levels quickly and in 2018 she placed 3rd all around in level 6 at the National Clubs Carnival. Phoebe previously competed at the High Performance level and this high level of experience allows Pheobe to bring an abundance of  knowledge to her coaching. Phoebe is very passionate about coaching and currently holds an Intermediate coaching certificate with the aim progress to higher levels of coaching. Phoebe currently coaches our level 2 class.

CHLOE MIECINSKI – COACH – Chloe has been a member of Tanjule since 2011 starting as a gymnast who progressed her way into Senior Squad, which is our most advanced class. In 2019  Chloe’s love for the sport and the club saw her interests change to coaching and she has now gained an Intermediate level coaching certificate. Chloe is currently our level 3 Junior coach.

JULIE MIECINSKI (nee Longmire) – FORMER HEAD COACH / JUDGE / CLUB FOUNDER – Julie began RG in 1976, and competed as a rhythmic gymnast in Rhythmic Gymnastics’ first year of competition in Australia in 1977. She represented SA and Australia, at Nationals and internationally. Julie started coaching as a 16-year-old gymnast, and in 1991 formed Tanjule RG Club.  Also in 1991, Julie first represented SA as a coach at Nationals, which were held in Perth that year. Julie was a High Performance coach, Gymnastics Australia Accredited Kindergym Leader and an Advance Judge. Julie has represented SA at Nationals as a gymnast, coach and judge. She had over 20 years experience as a coach, having coached gymnasts to a Senior and International Level. Sadly in 2020, Julie passed away, but left us with an amazing legacy for the community.