Gymnastics Australia welcomes Tracey Menzies to the fold
In a major coup for Gymnastics Australia, former Australian Swimming coach Tracey Menzies has been appointed to the role of Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement Manager.
Best known for coaching five-time Olympic champion Ian Thorpe to become Australia’s most successful Olympian, from late 2002 until his retirement in 2006, Tracey is well known for the balanced approach she adopts when working with athletes.
Considered a role model among women, Tracey was named NSW Woman of the Year as part of International Women’s Day in 2005.
With her extensive experience working in elite sporting environments, Tracey is excited about the opportunities the role presents.
“Being involved in elite support can be tough, both physically and mentally. But it is worth it. It can provide some amazing opportunities and a lifetime of memories,” said Menzies.
“It is important that our athletes have the right support around them. Ensuring our athletes are looking after themselves both physically and mentally is more important than any success they may have.
“I am excited to get to know our current group of gymnasts over the coming weeks and months and being able to share some of my own experiences with them to help them be the best they can,” said Menzies.
Speaking on the appointment, Gymnastics Australia’s National Performance Director, Andrew Logan believes Tracey will make a significant impact in the role.
“We are delighted to welcome Tracey to the Gymnastics Australia High Performance team. Tracey is well regarded for working with athletes to ensure they have a balanced approach to their sport and life.” said Logan.
“Tracey will play a vital role in supporting both gymnasts and coaches as they navigate the elite athlete journey which we all know has many lows, highs and challenges as they work towards reaching the pinnacle of our sport.”