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. Julie Miecinski (then Longmire) competed as a gymnast in Australia’s RG inaugural year. Julie 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.

JULIE MIECINSKI (nee Longmire) – 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 is 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 has over 20 years experience as a coach, having coached gymnasts to a Senior and International Level.

LISA SIENKIEWICZ – COACH – Lisa is a Coach, who first came to Tanjule RG Club in its founding year 1991 as a talented gymnast, who competed at State and National levels. Lisa was awarded both the “Elite Gymnast of the Year” and “Level Gymnast of the Year” Awards as a SA gymnast. Lisa has over 15 years coaching experience and commitment.

ASHLEIGH LAW – COACH/JUDGE/GYMNAST – Ashleigh is the highest competitive level gymnast at Tanjule, currently a Level 10 gymnast who began Rhythmic Gymnastics at the age of 2 years old. As a gymnast, Ashleigh has represented South Australia in both elite and national streams at 7 Australian National Championships. Ashleigh began coaching the 3-5 year old class approx. 8 years ago and now also coaches the Level 3 Seniors. She is a qualified Intermediate Coach and Advance Silver Judge. In 2016, Ashleigh judged at the Australian National Championships in Melbourne, Victoria and was nominated for Gymnastics South Australia’s 2016 Judge of the Year.

CARLY SOUTTER – COACH – Carly began in Artistic Gymnastics and competed in numerous state level comps from the age of 5 until her fear of heights meant a transfer into Rhythmic Gymnastics at the age of 12. Carly represented Tanjule RG at state and national individual and multiple competitions up to level 7. At 20 Carly became a qualified judge and coach for Tanjule for approximately 5 years in between completing her Bachelor of Exercise Physiology degree. Carly ended her gymnastics career at the age of 21 and delved into numerous other activities including dance, CrossFit and ongoing personal training. Following some travel Carly returned in 2014 to coach Tanjule’s senior squad strength and conditioning sessions once a week, and has more recently assisted Level 4 and Stage 2 gymnasts’ foundations and fitness on a Monday evening.

DANNI’ELLE CASSIDY – COACH –

TAYLOR WATSON – COACH –

EVIE ASKELL-WILSON – COACH –

SAYSHA GERLACH – COACH –

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