Gymnastics Victoria Board


Board Member (Chair) - Michael O'Neill

Michael O’Neill is an experienced company director with more than 25 years’ experience as a senior executive in financial services. Michael has a strong background in finance, risk and governance, having held executive roles as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Risk Officer for NAB’s Personal Banking Division in Australia and Treasurer for the NAB Group. Michael’s current non-executive roles include Chairman of Emersion Software Systems and director of the Royal Women’s Hospital, Teachers Mutual Bank and Incolink. Michael holds a Bachelor of Economics and Graduate Diploma in Accounting from Monash University and he is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Finance & Treasury Association.


Board Member (Deputy Chair) - Judy Young

Judy is the former President of Eastern Gymnastics Club, as well as being an experienced educator and professinoal officer with a demonstrated history of working in secondary, tertiary, VET education and sports industries. Judy is skilled in Risk Management, Staff Coaching, Staff Development, Leadership and Strategic Planning, with strong community and not-for-profit experience including Governance and Board reporting. Judy currently holds a Master of Education (M.Ed.) focusing on Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Melbourne and a Certificate of Governance and Risk Management for the Governance Institute of Australia.

Board Member - Tanya Johansen

Tanya Johansen is an experienced Sports Centre Director with nearly 20 years as Director of Waverley Gymnastics Centre (WGC). Tanya has a strong background in Strategic planning, Coach development and High Performance Management, and was an integral part of the team that successfully placed gymnasts on the 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010 World Championships, 2010 Commonwealth Games and both the Beijing and London Olympics Teams. Tanya coached gymnastics for more than 22 years ranging from kinder-gym to competitive. Tanya holds a Masters degree in Sports Management and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Management. She is an accredited Advanced Silver WAG coach. She was a member of the Victorian General Gymnastics Sports Management Committee for seven years (1997 – 2004) and a member of the Victorian WAG Sports Management Committee for nearly five years (2005 -2009). She has also been a member of Gymnastics Professionals of Australia for five years.

Board Member (Chair of Finance and Risk Committee) - Anthony Johnston

Anthony Johnston is a highly motivated, CPA qualified senior executive with over 25 years in financial services. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with strong functional skills in financial management and risk evaluation, complemented by vast experience in strategy development /implementation, business transformation, stakeholder management, leadership and business development. Anthony’s strong interpersonal and influencing skills have been used over many years to align external client and internal stakeholder management with sustainable business growth/value objectives, often in environments of intense change, uncertainty and scrutiny. Anthony brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the Gymnastics Victoria Board and he looks forward to meeting many members of the gymnastics community in his role.

Board Member - (Chair of Governance Committee) Alistair Edgar

Alistair Edgar is a progressive thinker and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with sound experience in gymnastics, event management, strategy development, stakeholder engagement and health promotion. He is the Director of Energetic Gymnastics in Traralgon, which has grown from a start-up venture to an established local club focused on participation and making a positive difference for gymnasts and community.  Alistair has experience working in the local government sector and with the state government to deliver the Healthy Together Victoria initiative and other projects focused on working with communities to improve health and social outcomes.  Alistair is a regular face in gymnastics, and has previously been a High Performance Coach and Events Director at Gymnastics Victoria as well as National Events Manager at Gymnastics Australia. Alistair joined the Gymnastics Victoria Board in May 2014.

Board Member - David Hill

David Hill is an experienced coach and judge and has had over 25 years coaching experience. He is a Director of Eclipse Gymnastics in Ringwood, one of the largest privately owned clubs in Victoria which has been in operation for 22 years. David has a strong background in coach education having been a course presenter of Level 1 and 2 WAG coaches for Gymnastics Victoria for the past 10 years. His other roles have included being Coaching Coordinator for the Women’s Technical committee, Head coach, Team coach and Team manager for the Women’s National Levels State team. David holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Movement from Phillip Institute of Technology and is an accredited WAG Level 2 (Advanced Silver) coach, MAG Level 2 (Advanced) coach and a Advanced judge. 

Board Member - Georgie Austin

Georgie is a Senior Associate at Corrs Chambers Westgarth specialising in media and general commercial dispute resolution. Georgie acts for major media and commercial clients as well as the State Government and has conducted litigation in a broad range of commercial, media and administrative law matters in most Victorian and Commonwealth jurisdictions.

Georgie has completed an intensive negotiation workshop at Harvard Law School and am currently undertaking a Master of Laws (LLM) part time at the University of Melbourne. Georgie joined the Gymnastics Victoria Board in November 2015.


Board Member - David Cannizzo

David is a recognised sports organisation professional specialising in management, commercial growth, club/team/participant development, marketing, events and stakeholder relations. He has been an innovative and strategically driven leader focused on best practice and exceptional results while being motivated by continual improvement. David holds a Bachelor of Business (Majoring in Sport and Leisure Management) and is currently undertaking his Master of Business Administration (MBA) at La Trobe University. David has extensive sport experience with a thorough understanding of organisational management responsibilities within a fast-paced and demanding environment.


History of the Gymnastics Victoria Board