Gym Wizards Academy Team

Tania Williams
Founder of Gym Wizards, Author 


Tania started as a young gymnast, went onto gain Springbok colours (National Champion in 1984) and later, after graduating with Honours in Psychology, became National Coach for the SA Gymnastics Team.

  • She has worked intensively with Russian gymnastics methodologists and child, educational and sport psychologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and injury rehabilitation specialists.
  • She was appointed National Coach in 1990, a position she held until 1999. In this capacity she attended numerous international events including the 1998 Commonwealth Games, 1998 Moscow Youth Olympics and the 1999 World Championships in China.
  • She has developed 10 Springbok gymnasts including the 1999 Junior and Senior African Champions and hundreds of Western Province Team Gymnasts.
  • She headed the Cape College Gymnastics Club from 1990 to 1997.
  • Tania created and has managed Gym Wizards since 1998.

Other highlights:

  • Tania was the first South African coach to study in the former USSR. She was invited by Byelorussian Gymnastic Federation and Olympic Committee to attend gymnastic schools for study purposes.
  • She created and implemented the Gymnastics Talent Identification Programme nationwide in 1996- to identify gymnasts among previous disadvantaged children – the first of its kind in SA.
  • Tania was the first South African gymnastics coach to implement “Russian” style training for the South African gymnastic team, which in turn led to the transformation of training in South Africa.
  • She served on the SAGF Woman’s Technical Committee 1997/8 as the National High Performance Coordinator.
  • She served as the Head Coach for the Western Cape Sports Academy in 1997/98.
  • Since 1998 Tania has trained and mentored gymnastic coaches, teachers and trainers of all levels. Many have gone on to become National Coaches, Western Province Coaches, club owners and recreational/educational gymnastic specialists.

Marti Heri
 Guest Facilitator, Mentor and Assessor.

Marti 2014Heads up SAGF Training and Development

Sport Development Education and Training Specialist

Masters Degree: Semmelweis University of Physical Education and Sport Science, Budap