Meet our Kelly Mini Sports Coaches
Cameron Drake - Director and General Manager
I have a passion for coaching kids and watching them develop hence the reason I launched Kelly Mini Sports in 2013 with my fellow business partners Jeff Fleming and Steve Martin from Kelly Sports. I spend most of my time working on top of the business by concentrating on developing my coaching staff to ensure we are developing a fun and professional sports program. Our aim is to create a lifelong love of sports across Australia to as many kids as possible and we are definitely on track to succeeding this goal.
Simon Bott - Victoria State Manager
I have completed a Diplmoma in Children's Services and a Diploma in Sports Development. I started working at Kelly Mini Sports in 2014 and since then have worked my way up to becoming the Victoria State Manager. My main roll is to provide on going support and training to all coaches across the state to ensure a fun and professional program is being taught to all the toddlers and pre schoolers. Oh and of course I want to create a lifelong love of sports across this wonderful state.
Fiona Harrop - NSW State Manager
I have a bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science with a major in Health and Physical Education and I have also studied Children's Services. I love to get involved with any sport, and have a particular passion for Soccer. In 2016 I joined the Kelly Mini Sports team with an aim to impart my passion and love of sports onto the next generation. Over 2016/17 I coached Kelly Mini Sports sessions across the Western Sydney Area, as well as managed Kelly Sports in the Sydney region. As NSW Manager, you will find me across NSW coaching both kids and coaches.
Pani Moanaroa-Taylor - NSW Head Coach and Coach Training Assistant
I love sport! I have been around it since I was born. I have played baseball for NSW in 6 nationals... Won a gold medal 3 times and was also in the Australian squad for pitching... I am currently in my final year of my health science degree and hope to complete my masters of either teaching or physiotherapy... The verdict is still out with that one. I love working with kids they are so much fun!! You can meet me in the Hills area with the biggest smile on my face :D You will find me coaching in Thornleigh, Carlingford and Glenhaven, as well as training coaches across NSW!
Coach Pani was the recipient of the 'What's on 4 Kids 2019 Outstanding Coach/Teacher for 0-5 years - People's Choice'. We are very proud of Pani's efforts and she is a very deserving recipient of this award!
Adrian Gandolfo - Melbourne
Having a beautiful two year old daughter of his own helps him understand toddlers and can relate to them very well. His passion and dedication is always to see the kids doing well and having fun at the same time to achieve their goal. With his constant training in sports activities for children, Adrian loves being a part of the Kelly Mini Sports team and coaches in Epping, Craigieburn, Lalor, Kilmore, Keilor and Greenvale.
Claire Griffiths - NSW
Hi, I’m Claire! I’m currently in my 4 th and final year of my Primary Education Degree,
majoring in Physical Education. Throughout my life I have been engaged in many forms of
dancing, including ballet, and have been a part of dance teams that have competed in
high level competitions. I have a love for sports and teaching kids. Through my work with Kelly Mini Sports I hope to create a supportive and fun environment for the kids
to come and learn new sporting skills. You’ll find me coaching in Fletcher.
Gabi Irving - NSW
You will find me coaching in Toongabbie on Saturdays.
Hannah O'Connell - Melbourne
I have recently moved to Melbourne from Dunedin, New Zealand and have loved my time in Melbourne so far. I really enjoy playing sports and being active and love to encourage children to do the same. I have been involved with a lot of sports teams and coaching back home and loving Melbourne! You will see me coaching in Sunbury, Wallan, Greenvale, Bulleen, Greensborough and Lower Templestowe.
Jack Darcy - NSW
I am currently studying a bachelor of health sciences, my hope is that all children can be exposed to the social and physical benefits playing sport provides. Growing up, I played everything from Cricket to Volleyball which gave me the opportunity to travel and form lifelong friends along the way. My passion for sport and positive energy will create a fun environment for kids to learn valuable motor skills. You will find me coaching in Kotara and Charlestown.
Jen Orbanic - NSW
You will find me coaching in The Ponds on Saturdays and Parramatta on Sundays and Mondays.
Kyle McGrath - Melbourne
I started off coaching for our sister company Kelly Sports and my love of teaching sports to children has led me to begin working for Kelly Mini Sports. I have had a passion for sports, with my favourite being basketball, since I was a child and I now aim to pass on this life long love of sports to all the children I coach. You will find me coaching in Doncaster, Warrandyte, Kew, Balwyn, Wantirna and Lilydale.
Lauren Sinclair - Melbourne
I recently returned from living in Peru where I spent 3 years teaching English to preschool children. I have a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation and have played golf at a national level. I believe it's very important for kids to enjoy sports and develop their motor skills from a very young age. I love working with kids and we have a lot of fun together. You will find me coaching in Eltham and Lower Templestowe
Louise Cross - Melbourne
I am a qualified PE teacher and a mum of two. I’ve always had a passion for teaching sport to children but even more so now that I’m a mum. Love seeing the kids grow and progress each week. You will find me coaching in Moonee Ponds and Hillside :)
Matthew Nichol - Melbourne
I am currently completing an arts and education course at Monash university, with the end goal of being a primary or secondary school teacher. On top of this I am keen fan of playing and watching sports, with particular emphasis on Aussie Rules (footy) and Basketball. Kelly Mini Sports combines both my passion to work with children professionally, as well as staying fit and active through playing sports. You will find me coaching at Oakleigh, Rowville and Lilydale
Melissa Cassaniti - Brisbane
I am currently enrolled in Bachelors of Clinical Exercise Physiology and hope to become a Paediatric Physiotherapist. Since the age of 3, I have been a dedicated tennis player and throughout my life, I have played and understood many sports. As sports and children are two things that I am very passionate about, I love working at Kelly Mini Sports. I enjoy being able to pass on my knowledge to young children and help them develop important skills, not just for sports, but for life. You will find me coaching at Woolloongabba, Coorparoo, Carina, Forrest Lakes and Wynnum.
Rachel Ramm - Bendigo
I started out my career as a Primary Teacher and am very passionate about working with kids to build positive self-esteem, resilience and to help them to develop their skills across a range of areas. Kelly Mini Sports give me the opportunity to do this in a fun and engaging way and seeing the smiles on the kids faces as they participate makes it so worthwhile. Watching my own boys play and learn essential sports skills has sparked my passion to work with other young children to help them find the same enjoyment from physical activity.
Rebecca Howard - Melbourne
I am currently completing my second year of Bachelor of Exercise Science/Sports Management. I have a passion for sports and have participated in various sports such as Football, Soccer, Gymnastics, Rugby and Tennis! I have coached kids in Tennis for the last 5 years and I love introducing kids to the sports I love as well as passing down my passion for exercise. You will find me coaching in Vermont and Mulgrave.
Stephan Achilleos - Melbourne
Playing and coaching sports has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember and is an industry I am proud to be a part of. I have over 9 years experience in the industry and have been a part of some excellent journey along the way to Kelly Mini Sports which all provide me with the attitude, ability and knowledge required to be successful. Throughout my journey, I have completed my Diploma in Sports and Recreation and Bachelor of Sports and Recreation Management as well as the opportunities to work with various sports companies over the years with children of all age. Currently, I am the head coach of Moreland Zebras (National Premier League Club) women's soccer team where I have been in the role since the beginning of 2014 and have seen an extraordinary amount of success in my time at the club.
Tom Digby - Geelong
I have a Bachelor Degree in Education and I am the Head Coach of Kelly Mini Sports in the Geelong region. I am also the Manager of our sister company Kelly Sports! The opportunity to have a career with the Kelly Mini Sports and Kelly Sports has allowed me to combine my two passions into my dream job. Helping kids learn new skills and watching them progress is very rewarding. You will find me coaching in Grovedale, Lara, Leopold, Ocean Grove, South Geelong and Newtown.
All our coaches have a complete ‘Working with Children’ check and have had full First Aid training.