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.
Jerico Gapay - Queensland State Manager
I started off working for our sister company Kelly Sports in New Zealand then moved to Australia with my family about 5 years ago. When I moved here I heard about the Kelly Mini Sports program and wanted to get involved right away. I started off working part time and after 12 months worked my way up to launching Kelly Mini Sports in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. I am the Queensland State Manager and my aim is to create a lifelong love of sports across this sunny state.
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 for 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 a result of my coaching success I have now been selected as the NSW Manager.
Shelley Karbanenko - Head Coach and Administration Officer
I completed a nutrition and food science degree at Federation University. I also work in Health Promotion for kids aged 3-5 which I really enjoy. I have been involved in sport my whole life, playing basketball since I was 6 years old led me to play in America! I currently coach in Buninyong, Ballarat, Wendouree, Bacchus Marsh and Caroline Springs. I am also the administration officer in Victoria where I attend to emails, phone calls and general enquiries.
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 activites for children, Adrian loves being a part of the Kelly Mini Sports team and coaches in Epping, Craigieburn, Lalor, Kilmore, Keilor and Greenvale.
Brayden Brennan - Sydney
Having competed in multiple sports at a representative level for more than 10 years, sport has become one of the major components of my life. I have been privileged to be the eldest sibling of 6, which has grown my passion to help children reach their full potential by pursuing a career as a sports coach. My involvement in sport has allowed me to see the overwhelming benefits that sport brings to the lives of people everywhere and it is my goal to develop a lifelong love of sports for kids in the Western Sydney area. You will find me coaching in Blaxland, Penrith, Glenmore Park and Blacktown.
Connor McGrath - Melbourne
I've been a big sports person my whole life. I stated playing basketball and football at age 6 and coaching basketball at age 14. I have also completed both coaching and outdoor education subjects at University. This experience has made me a big believer in the benefits of sports for children's physical and social development - as long as they're having fun!
Emily South - Melbourne
I am simply an avid sports lover and have played basketball since the age of five. I previously studied Exercise and Sport Science and but my love for teaching children made me decide to complete a Bachelor of Education at Victoria University. I coach in Mulgrave and Aspendale Gardens.
Georgia Robson - Wollongong
With a love of sport playing a huge role in my life, I am able to share my passion and knoweldge of various sports with the little legends participating in Kelly Mini Sports. Having the ability to help them develop their skills and build their passion for sport is why I enjoy my job so much. I have played multiple sports at a representative level, including swimming, touch football, AFL, hockey and more. Living in Wollongong, I run sessions in Dapto, Shellharbour and Kiama!
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.
Jarryd McFarlane - NSW
I have had a passion for sport my entire life which started with me playing soccer and tennis at age 3! As I grew older I realised that my true passion was coaching which is why I decided to study a Bachelor of sports coaching and administration through the Australian College of Physical Education. Teaching kids sport is an absolute passion of mine and seeing kids grow in ability and confidence is what I strive for everyday through my coaching. You will find me coaching in Parramatta, Baulkham Hills, The Ponds, Gladesville and Strathfield.
Joshua Galbraith - VIC
I have grown up being involved in sports all my life playing Aussie Rule since I was 4 years old, having also played Basketball, Tennis and Cricket along the way too.! I love coaching kids these sports too.! Outside of working for Kelly Mini Sports I coach junior sports both football and cricket teams. I cannot wait to see all of your smiling faces playing all of the best sports in the world. You will find me coaching at Rowville, Bayswater North and Bentleigh.
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 spotrts, 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.
Laura McErlain - Brisbane
I am currently completing a Bachelor of nursing and will be specifying in pediatrics. I have participated in a range of sports throughout my life, with a passion for rowing, skiing and AFL. Through Kelly Mini Sports I am able to share my enjoyment and passion for the sport with our little superstars and encourage a healthy and active lifestyle. You will find me coaching in Alexandra Hills, Chandler, Kallangur and Hamilton.
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 :)
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, Logan Central, Mt Gravatt, Forrest Lakes, Wynnum and Ipswich.
Nathan Keane - Gold Coast
I am currently studying a bachelor of education. I love helping children getting involved in sports, as I personally believe it helps with health and building relationships. Sports is one of my biggest passion and it has been a major part of my life since I could walk.! I love to compete in all sports although soccer and rugby union are my favourites. You will find me coaching in Coomera, Robina, Burleigh Heads, Runaway Bay and Benowa.
Nick Wright - NSW
Sport is one of my biggest passions. I love the competitive side to it but most of all love the fun and enjoyment it brings. I currently play for the Newcastle City Blues in the local AFL league, and have also competed in other sports such as soccer, league, volleyball and more. I have a huge passion for helping kids, I love putting a smile on their faces and creating a safe and enjoyable environment for them to have fun in! You will find me coaching in Lambton, Maitland, Cameron Park, Warners Bay and Charlestown!
Pani Moanaroa-Taylor - Sydney
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!
Rachel Ramm - Melbourne
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.
Ryan Longville - Sydney
Ryan's love for sport has seen him participate in a range of sports including rugby, rugby league, soccer, tennis and cricket. As he completes his Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce, he wishes to use the knowledge he has gained from his sporting experience to develop the skills of future superstars! You can find Ryan coaching Corrimal, Miranda, Alford's Point, Cronulla and Wollongong.
Sam Lewino - Melbourne
I am a sports lover to say the least! Growing up I found two passions in life, sport and helping other people. After completing a Certificate IV in Sport and Recreation at SEDA, I knew that teaching kids sports and helping them learn was exactly what I wanted to do; so I found a career with Kelly Mini Sports. I run Nunawading, Kilsyth, Boronia, Ringwood and Vermont.
Tomas Letcher-Nicholls - Melbourne
I have a passion for and background in sports coaching and outdoor education, and currently studying Arts at the University of Melbourne. I have competed in soccer, cricket and marathon kayaking, and believes in getting kids involved in sports from an early age to promote health, well being and teamwork is a must. I work on the weekends at Glen Waverley and Croydon.
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.