The Team

Here is a bit of information about the amazing team at SF Gym, who keep everyone motivated, organised and safe in the gym.

Tracy Cooper – Director and Head Coach

SF Gym | West Coast CrossFit | Perth, Australia | www.sfgym.com.auIn 2008 my dream became a reality. I affiliated with CrossFit and started the journey to open my own facility. I had already been a personal trainer for a few years prior to this so knew I was in for some hard work, it’s not as ‘glamorous’ as the ads make it out be! SF Gym was the second CrossFit in WA and is now one of the largest.

I was always involved in sport as a kid, I did everything you could imagine. Competed in athletics (track and field), swimming (state level), netball, softball and dancing. Performing was my passion so that became my number one focus and I was lucky enough to turn that passion into a career spanning 15 years. I have performed all over the world in various Musical theatre productions, opened the ARIA Awards, choreographed and performed in more than 30 children’s stage shows and taught dancing to all levels from ages 3 and up to professional just to name a few!

It was time for a change in vocations and fitness being such a massive part of my life becoming a PT seemed like a natural progression. I was head hunted directly out of college to work at Lords Sports Club. I worked there for a few years before it changed hands to a Council run facility. This was the perfect opportunity to open my own facility and I did. Opening SF Gym has been the best decision I have ever made. It’s my second home and my second family. Coaching is the greatest job of all, helping people improve their lives is what makes me keep doing what I love. Going to work is not a chore, I’m one of the lucky ones. I am available for one on one PT, group PT and individualised programs. I will help you achieve your goals.

Qualifications

  • Certificate 3 & 4 in Health and Fitness
  • ASCA Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Kids
  • AWF Coach Weightlifting/Sports Power Coach
  • AWF State Weightlifting/Sports Power Coach
  • HKC KettleBell
  • RKC KettleBell
  • Triggerpoint Master Trainer

Clare Thompson – Coach

SF Gym | West Coast CrossFit | Perth, Australia | www.sfgym.com.auClare’s career in fitness started back in 2006 as a group fitness instructor whilst also completing a sports science degree. In 2010 Clare became a national trainer and presenter for Les Mills Asia Pacific in BodyAttack, GRIT, and BodyStep and was part of the BodyAttack 86 DVD presenting team. Upon completion of her degree, Clare worked as a FIFO personal trainer on both offshore and onshore facilities. Her first CrossFit experience was three years ago at a free trial class where she fell in love with it and never looked back. The continuous challenge that CrossFit presents and how one can never be “too good” is what kept her coming back for more. Exercising with others and knowing that everyone else around you is going through the same pain is why Clare loves both coaching and participating in classes. Along with coaching CrossFit classes, Clare works full time as a physical training instructor for the WA Police so it’s fair to say her life revolves around fitness. Pushing people to their limits whilst also prioritising safety and fun in every workout is what she does best.

Qualifications
• Bachelor of Exercise & Sports Science
• Certificate III in Fitness
• Certificate IV Training & Assessment
• Certificate IV Occupational Health & Safety
• CrossFit Level 1
• Functional Capacity Evaluator
• Les Mills Certified – BodyAttack, BodyPump, BodyStep & Grit


Daniel Cooper MSc, CSCS, TSAC-F, CPPS – Coach

Daniel holds a Masters in strength and conditioning.  He is internationally certified as a strength and conditioning specialist and has recently completed the ASCA level 3 practical course. He has been involved in coaching high performance athletes for over 7 years and is currently the head of athletic performance and mentoring for an elite level organisation in which he developed the program from the ground up based on world’s best practice. Daniel understands the importance that mindset has on performance and is currently continuing his education in elite athlete mentoring and high performance mindset to provide the best coaching available for elite athletes.

Daniel is also a very accomplished athlete having played team sport from an early age, he has competed in a variety of competitions including ultra marathons and CrossFit Regionals. Daniel understands the commitment required for achieving excellence and his lead by example mentality has seen him endure some of the world’s toughest events and recently becoming one of 20 people in the world and the only Australian to complete a 750km foot race through the Arctic winter.

Daniel is available for program prescription and mentoring for performance mindset to those individuals that are dedicated to their sport.

Qualifications

  • Masters of Science (Strength and conditioning)
  • Bachelor of Exercise & Sports Science
  • NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • NSCA Tactical Strength & Conditioning facilitator (TSAC-F)
  • ASCA Level 2 Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • EXOS level 3 performance specialist
  • ASCA Professional level coach
  • Certified Physical Preparation Specialist (CPPS)
  • Cert III & Cert IV in Health and Fitness
  • AWF State Weightlifting/Sports Power Coach
  • The Applied Neuroscience of Peak Performance
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Kids
  • Level 1 Altitude Trainer
  • Graduate Diploma Elite Athlete Mentoring
  • ASCA level 3 (Currently completing written workbook)

Marek Blackman – Coach

SF Gym | West Coast CrossFit | Perth, Australia | www.sfgym.com.auMarek came into the fitness industry later in life after having a career in the hospitality industry, where he was fortunate to run and cook in many restaurants throughout Australia. He will be the first person to tell you that he is not a naturally gifted athlete. His main form of exercise was surfing and when planning to start a family, he started to take an interest in his own health and fitness.

A friend in the armed forces introduced him to the world of CrossFit where he fell in love with the methodology. This lead him to look into a new career path in the fitness industry. He completed the CrossFit Level 1 in 2014 and then completed his Cert 3 & 4 in Fitness. He continues to study to better his understanding and knowledge, to not only improve his own training but to continue to assist members with their training. His favourite workout is Murph and he loves a chipper.

Qualifications

• Cert 3 & 4 Fitness
• CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
• CrossFit Gymnastics
• CrossFit Kids
• Working with Children
• Senior First Aid


Stu Wyper – Coach

Coach Stu Wyper rope climb | SF Gym | West Coast CrossFit | Perth, Australia | www.sfgym.com.au

Stu has a military background of 12 years service in the Royal Australian Air Force, he discovered CrossFit in 2010 and has finally transitioned from full time military service maintaining aircraft to a full time staff member at SF Gym maintaining people. Stu is extremely passionate about health and fitness and always strives for perfection in everything he applies himself to. He ensures that technique and personal safety are held to the highest of standards during classes and encourages all members during WOD’s to get them through the mental hurdles that can happen on those tough workouts.

Mobility and Olympic Weightlifting are two areas where he excels and has attended several courses to further his knowledge in those areas to give the members the highest standards of coaching. He has a thirst for knowledge and is always attending courses and constantly looking for new ways to improve his coaching abilities to ensure that the members of SF Gym get the most value out of their membership as possible.

Stu is also a fully qualified personal trainer and is offering one on one coaching, small group training and mobility sessions. He is available to assist you with any tricky movements or techniques that you may find yourself struggling with during the classes, or you may just prefer to get one on one coaching with a qualified PT, as group training may not be your cup of tea then Stu is your man.

Qualifications

  • Certificate III Fitness
  • Certificate IV Fitness
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainers Course
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainers Course
  • CrossFit Kids
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Trainers Course
  • CrossFit Weightlifting Certificate
  • Australian Weightlifting Federation (AWF) Club Level Weightlifting Coaches Course
  • AWF State Level Weightlifting Coaches Course
  • CrossFit Endurance Trainers Course
  • Australian Strength & Conditioning Level 1 Trainer Course
  • Trigger Point Therapy Trainers Course
  • Australian Institute of Kettlebells Level 1 & 2 Trainer Courses
  • HKC Kettlebell Trainer course
  • Senior First Aid Certificate

Tash Bradley – Coach & Nutritionist

Tash found CrossFit in early 2011 and was hooked after her first On Ramp session with Coach Tracy. Her athletic background consisted of swimming throughout high school, which lead her to become an AustSwim instructor (infants through to adults) and complete the Rottnest Channel Swim a number of times as part of a team and duo. The endless road to skill perfection across unlimited movements is what she loves and strives for not only with her own training but for her clients.

Tash has competed at the Australia Reebok CrossFit Regional competition in 2012 and 2013 as an individual and has been a part of the SF Coaching staff since the beginning of 2013. She is a qualified Nutritionist (BHSc) and her goal is to work, support and educate the CrossFit community regarding food choices and how it can affect their performance.

Qualifications

  • Certificate III Fitness
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainers Course
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainers Course
  • CrossFit Kids
  • CrossFit Weightlifting Certificate
  • Australian Weightlifting Federation (AWF) Club Level Weightlifting Coaches Course
  • HKC Kettlebell Trainer course
  • Senior First Aid Certificate
  • BHSc (Nutritional Medicine)

Nicole Vaughan – Operations Manager

Admin Ninja Nicole Vaughan | SF Gym | West Coast CrossFit | Perth, Australia | www.sfgym.com.au

Nicole has over 17 years experience working in print and production and working with small businesses. In 2010 together with her partner she started attending PT sessions with Tracy then progressed to classes at SF. Meeting Tracy and training at SF changed Nicole’s life, from being a sedentary couch surfer to regularly training and looking forward to classes.

In 2012 Nicole took on the position of Operations Manager at SF. She’s the ‘admin ninja’ behind the scenes working with Tracy to ensure the smooth running of SF.