Our Fitter Futures Team

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Our coaches aspire to be great role models who lead by example. They strive to impact kids and adults in a positive, and permanent way that is life changing.  Working on not only physical capability, but mindset and emotional wellbeing too.

Sam Mathers

Sam Mathers, Founder

I’ve always been active, as a kid, teenager and now adult.  And as a parent of two young daughters, I am very conscious of being a role model who has a big influence on their mindset with respect to self-image, self-confidence, setting goals, and being healthy, fit individuals.

I love how our program here at Fitter Futures appeals to lots of different types of kids and teens, including those who until now, may have struggled to enjoy physical exertion or sports.  And for those kids who are enthusiastic athletes in their chosen sports, we have seen how our training program helps them develop their athleticism and improve performance in those pursuits.

It’s so satisfying to see kids and teens having fun while being challenged, and gaining confidence by achieving something great in every work-out.  Aside from the obvious physical benefits, our program fosters self-belief and kids learn life lessons about resilience, perseverance, trying your best, respecting your body and respecting and encouraging others.

I am passionate about ensuring that every child we coach has a great experience, and that we positively impact the future of every athlete that we are lucky enough to work with.Start working on your body today, and with our individual fitness program, already in 90 days you will see a totally different girl in the mirror!

Industry Experience:

Proudly, I was one of the first coaches in the world to obtain Professional Youth Coach Certification from The Brand X Method (World Leaders in Youth Functional Fitness).  I’ve been coaching youth in functional movement & fitness for almost 7 years now and have an ability to motivate; build trust and rapport; coach and communicate with kids, teens and adults in a way which no degree can teach you.  There are other coaching courses I’ve completed over the years (such as with ASCA and CrossFit) but there is no substitute for hands on practical experience, working with other inspiring coaches and mentors.

I’m also honoured to be a member of the International Functional Fitness Federation (iF3) Youth Committee.  Our mission is to develop a format and framework for participation and competition for youth in the sport of functional fitness which prioritises athlete safety, safety in movement and the long term athletic development of youth.

Dan

Dan Lucy, Coach

Our Fitter Futures program has a lot of benefits that are long lasting for children, both physically and mentally, and is a great activity for children to get into at any age.  We can impact future generations of fit kids that develop into fit adults.

It’s important to me to instil the value of fitness at an early age in our next generation. If children grow up associating being active with enjoyment, then they are more likely to keep fitness as a priority throughout their lives.

I also love seeing transformations in the adults we train too.  Some people think you need to ‘get fitter’ before starting a program like ours.  The truth is … you just need to start!

Experience:

I have 12+ years experience as a strength & conditioning coach and personal trainer, including 7 years experience working with youths specifically.  I was also one of the first coaches in the world to obtain the Professional Youth Coach Certification from The Brand X Method.

jemma

Jemma Scales, Coach

Jemma is a busy mum of 3 kids and a passionate fitness trainer.  Jemma has been working with Fitter Futures in our kids and teens program for almost 2 years now, and has a great way of relating to people – not surprising given Jemma’s nursing career.  Jemma loves creating delicious and nutritious food and being active and playful with her kids.

Experience:

Before becoming a coach I was nursing, with a Post Graduate Certificate in Women’s Health.  I have several years experience as a group fitness instructor and more recently as a personal trainer.  I was also one of the first coaches in the world to obtain the Professional Youth Coach Certification from The Brand X Method.

jeremy

Jeremy Hickmans Consultant Coach

Jeremy has 20 years experience in the fitness industry as a trainer and strength & conditioning coach.

Jeremy was the Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Brisbane Broncos and Head of Performance at England Rugby League for several years, as well as other professional rugby league teams.

Jeremy brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our coaching team and is very passionate about the long-term athletic development of youths.  Jeremy has seen our coaches in action and is very excited about joining us in our quest to offer world class strength and conditioning training for kids and teens, and to help kids develop a life long love of fitness.

Experience:

  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science

  • High Performance Manager at Brisbane Broncos 2014 – 2018·

  • Head of Performance at England Rugby League since 2016·

  • Performance Director Newcastle Knights Rugby League 2011–2014·

  • Performance Director St George Illawarra Dragons Rugby League 2008-2011  (NRL Premiers & World Cup Champions)·

  • Athletic Development Coach / Performance Director at Brisbane Broncos 2005-2008 (NRL Premiers & World Club Champions·

  • ASCA Level 2 Accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach and Professional Coaching Structure Professional Level Coach (PSP)

  • The Brand X MethodTM Basic Kids Training Certificate

  • The Brand X MethodTM Advanced Kids Training Certificate

  • Senior First Aid/CPR
  • Blue Card

Brent

Brent Paxton, Consultant Coach

Brent Paxton, Exercise Physiologist, is part of the Fitter Futures coaching team and our Sporting Partnership program.  He is also an accomplished athlete in his own right, competing at the CrossFit Games in 2015.

Brent is a strong advocate of Fitter Futures ethos, with a very high level of confidence in our coaching and programming methodology.  Brent highly recommends our program to all parents, no matter the athletic ability of their child.

Experience:

I have 10 years experience in the fitness industry as a trainer and strength & conditioning coach (including for youths) and have had success as an athlete in my own right competing in the CrossFit Games in 2015.

I’m an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (ESSAM) having studied a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology.  I’ve also completed training courses delivered by The Brand X Method which has further enhanced my knowledge with respect to coaching youth.  There are many other coaching courses I’ve completed over the years (such as weightlifting, ASCA and CrossFit) but there is no substitute for hands on practical experience, working with other really great coaches.