THE

NSW HPC

TEAM

DRIVEN

PASSIONATE

EXPERTS IN THEIR FIELD

STAFF

HIGH PERFORMANCE TEAM

Yusuf Topari
HIGH PERFORMANCE MANAGER
 
 
High Performance Coach

A former New Zealand national team member and with over 10 years of coaching experience, Yusuf has produced multiple Australian medalists and National team members.  A High Performance accredited coach, Yusuf is also a fully qualified personal trainer and has an extensive background in strength and conditioning, fitness and business management. 

Mandy McLean
JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR
 
High Performance Coach

Mandy got her start in gymnastics coaching Men's and Women's gymnastics at the Ingleburn RSL for the Campbelltown City Council. There she worked her way up to be head coach and ran the program for 12 years. Since then, Mandy has gone on to work with some of the finest gymnastics talent to come out of NSW and joined the NSW HPC team in 2015 as the Junior Development Coordinator.

Hongwei Du
SENIOR COACH
High Performance Coach

Originally starting his coaching career at the Hebei State University in China, Hongwei relocated to Malaysia where he was appointed Head Coach of the National women’s team in 2000.  He has coached athletes to World University and World Championships level, and joined the the NSW HPC in 2008.  Since then he has produced multiple Australian Champions and National Team members.

Zhen Zhang
WAG HP COACH
High Performance Coach

Zhang Zhen began her coaching career in China where she was the coach of Olympic Champion on Beam, Liu Xuan. Since making the move the Australia, Zhen has regularly coached gymnasts selected onto Australian Teams for events such as the World Championships, World Cups, International Gymnix and Flanders International. Zhen has coached numerous State and National Champions.

Sam Palmer
SUPPORT TEAM
 
HP Admin and AMS support

Having worked at GNSW for over 9 years, Sam currently manages the Trampoline and Tumbling High Performance Programs. After competing Tumbling on the International circuit for 9 years, gaining 3 Individual World titles, 2 Individual European titles, 7 World Cup Medals and leading teams to 3 medal placing’s on the world stage, Sam migrated to Australia in 2009. She has since worked across multiple areas of Gymnastics and now works within the High Performance sector

DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Gabriel Swan-McLean
 
 
Development Coach

As one of the NSW HPC's Senior athletes, Gabriel comes with a wealth of knowledge in elite junior development having come through the junior development pathway himself.  Gabriel or "Gabby" for short works with Beyond 2024 Development squad gymnasts.