Owner and head coach, Annette Nel:

040-1Annette 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 7 additional qualified coaches:




Esme Skinner (Artistic Gymnastics):

Esme Skinner has a BA Human Movement Science and HED from the Potchefstroom University. She is also qualified as a SAGF level 1 coach, SAGF level 1 tumbling judge.


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Caroline van Heerden (Rhythmic Gymnastics):

Caroline van Heerden has a BSc Engineering (Mechatronics) degree. She competed in Gymnastics for 13 years and reached level 10 in Rhythmic Gymnastics. She is a qualified SAGF level 3 judge and has been judging since 2004. She is currently busy with her level 1 coaching qualification.



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 the past 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.





Leoné Verster (Artistic Gymnastics):

Leoné Verster has a BSc: Honours Sport Science: Kinderkinetics and is a registered Kinderkineticist. She also gives Jolly Tots classes for children between the ages of 4 months and 12 years.

Leoné is qualified as a SAGF WAG GL coach and SAGF MAG level 1 Judge.




Bernice Isaacs (Artistic Gymnastics): Bernice Isaacs is an ex-Protea gymnast and has been coaching at Van Der Stel Gymnastics Club since 2015. She is qualified as a SAGF WAG level 1 judge.



2014-10-24 14.57.46Stephanie Sandler (Chirography – Rhythmic Gymnastics): Stephanie Sandler was the first South African rhythmic gymnast to participate at an Olympic Games (2004).

She is a 3 times silver medalist from the Commonwealth Youth Games, in Bendigo, Australia. She finished 7th all around in the 2004 ribbon apparatus final, at the Julietta Shishmanova Grand Prix in Bulgaria.

Stephanie is qualified as a FIG level 1 Rhythmic coach and is choreographer for gymnasts in the whole of the Western and Eastern Cape.




Natasha Haasbroek (Dance instructor – Rhythmic Gymnastics): Natasha Haasbroek  has a B-dietetics degree and is a qualified dance instructor in Modern Jazz




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 


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