Owner and head coach, Annette Nel:
Annette Nel started Van der Stel gymnastic club with Karien Verster in 1975. The club have produced many many South African winners like Mariette Carstens, Hester Fourie, Caroline Taylor, Nikola Muller, Lencka Bronn, Eloise van Niekerk, Elizabeth Stofberg, Nikki Piek – just too many to name.
She started the Tumbling in the Boland in 1987 and Rhythmic gymnastics for the Boland in 1988. One junior protea, Conita Nel, and one protea, Riaan Terblanche, was coached by her. In 1994 Conita Nel gets her Protea colours for Rhythmic gymnastics and competes at African Championships after competing in Germany and England in 1993. Other Protea gymnasts coached by Annette is Jo-anne Nelson, who came 89th at the World Championships in Osaka. Tina Piek, Ilke Smit, Sophia van der Westhuizen, Adri van Zyl, who competed at the 4-continents championships in Jacksonville. Stephanie Sandler (for 4 years ) who competed at 2 universiades and African championships where she took the gold medal for ribbon
She has received many achievement awards from Boland, Western Cape and SAGF (South African Gymnastic Federation). She is an international Brevet 4 Judge for Rhythmic Gymnastics and has judged on invitation at two Olympic Games, Beijing 2008 and London 2012. She has judged at over 60 international events over the last 20 years. She passed a special FIG expert exam for judging and was ranked the 5th highest in the world. She is no longer an Artistic or Tumbling judge, as she prefers to be on the floor with the gymnasts.
She has a Physical Education degree, Teachers Diploma, Home Economics Degree and a Honours degree, from University of Stellenbosch. Annette was a lecturer at the Cape Technikon, for the Fashion design students and the Beauticians. She was part time at the University of Stellenbosch for artistic and rhythmic students and was also a part time lecturer for the Isa Carstens Beauty Academy.
Annette is a FIG level 1 (SAGF level 3) coach in both WAG and Rhythmic Gymnastics.
Move work love had an interview with coach Annette in April 2015
The club has 8 additional qualified coaches:
Jody Sedras (Artistic Gymnastics):
Jody Sedras has a Sport Science degree from US, as well as an Advance Certificate in Sport Conditioning from ETA. She is currently studying BSc Human Life Sciences. Jody was an elite gymnasts and is the 2018 SA seniors champion for pole vaulting. She also came 5th at the 2018 African Championships in Nigeria. Jody has over 2 years coaching experience.
Suzette Smith (Artistic Gymnastics):
“You can’t expect to get a 100% when you only put in 50%. Everything starts with you. You decide how hard you work, how often you practise and what you want to achieve in life. I reached my success by being committed, by giving 110% at every single practice and by being focused on what’s was important to me.”
Suzette Smit is a 3rd year student in Industrial Psychology at US. She competed in Gymnastics for 8 years and was the national champion in level 7 and 8 WAG and in 2016 came second at USSA competing for Maties. Suzette has been coach at van der Stel Gymnastics Club since 2018.
Pinkie Yolisa (Rhythmic Gymnastics):
Pinkie Yolisa is a teacher and sport co-ordinator at Ikaya Primary School. She has been coaching artistic and rhythmic gymnastics for over 10 years at Van Der Stel Gymnastics Club. She is qualified as a GL coach and a SAGF level 1 judge in Artistic and rope-skipping gymnastics.
Pinkie also coaches indigenous games such as “drie stokkie” and jukskei. She was member of the Boland Sport Council for transformation and holds the portfolio of event commission for the committee of Cape Winelands Indigenous games. She is also a member of the Western Cape Indigenous Games committee.
Mamre Prinsloo (Artistic Gymnastics):
Mamre Prinsloo is qualified as a SAGF level 1 coach, as well as a level 1 judge in both WAG and tumbling. Mamre has over 7 years coaching experience.
Michelle Kleu (Rhythmic Gymnastics):
Michelle Kleu coaches the beginner rhythmic gymnasts. She was the first SA rhythmic gymnasts to be chosen for the Olympics (2000). Michelle has a BSc Medical Science degree and Post Grad Diploma in Business Administration. She has a very strong ballet and dance background and has over 10 years coaching experience in all levels until Olympic.
For more detail on her classes go to stelliesrg.com.
Jayson Joos (Artistic Gymnastics)
Jayson Joos is an Educator and Sports Coach. He has a BA Hons Degree (Sports & Recreation Management) and a Higher Diploma in Education (Human Movement Studies) from the University of the Western Cape. He became involved with gymnastics in 2012 when both his children showed a keen interest in the sport. He started coaching with Annette Nel in 2018 on an ad hoc basis. He is a qualified SAGF Level 1 Coach and is a qualified Level 1 Judge in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics.
Abigail Smit (Artistic Gymnastics)
Abigail Smit is currently studying Marketing and still competing in gymnastics for Maties gymnastics and play for Maties 2nd water polo team ‘the Vics’.
Abigail comes from a family of gymnasts and recently qualified as a level 1 WAG judge. She started coaching gymnastics in 2018 and in high school did quite a bit of sport, including ballet, water polo and a bit of hockey.
Adele Halbich (Artistic Gymnastics)
Adele has been coaching our beginner gymnasts since 2018.