Mandi is the owner of CrossFit Contessa

Her fitness career began at the age of 16 when she completed her Cert 3 & 4 in fitness, the youngest in her cohort. Mandi’s first ‘real’ job in the industry was with Fernwood Fitness where she achieved various national monthly awards for Personal Training within the company. For the next 8 years, Mandi worked her way up through all of the available roles within a popular franchise gym boasting 2500 members. This is where she learned the required skills to own and run her own fitness business.

CrossFit Contessa opened in 2014, where Mandi’s focus has been on empowering women, developing the staff, upgrading her qualifications and skill set and raising her own Daughter with the same principles used in the gym daily.

Industry Experience: 15 years:

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 3
  • Driven Mind Coaches Certificate (currently completing)
  • CrossFit Kids Trainer
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • AWF Weightlifting Level 1
  • CrossFit Lesson Planning Certificate
  • CrossFit Scaling Certificate
  • Cert 3 & 4 in Fitness

Candice is a CrossFit Trainer and Nutrition Coach

As well as our gym manager. She graduated as a Physiotherapist from James Cook University in 2013, and went on to complete further study in the field of Women’s Health & Continence through Curtin University in Perth. During this time she competed in bodybuilding competitions before being introduced to CrossFit by a friend and has never looked back. She is a CFL2 Trainer and has also completed the CrossFit Weightlifting Certification.

Her background in Physiotherapy and specifically Women’s Health combined with her love of CrossFit has helped shape her into a trainer that loves showing women their true potential through exercise, both physically and mentally. The benefits of learning how to move well and lift properly are endless and can be achieved no matter the person, their age or their injury status.

As well as helping women discover their physical and mental potential through exercise, Candice is incredibly passionate about food and the role that our diet plays in our energy, our mood, our body composition and athletic performance. From this passion came Contessa Nutrition, a Nutrition Coaching service that seeks to improve nutritional literacy, body composition and athletic performance through expert coaching.

Industry experience:

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 2
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  • Post. Grad. Cert. Clinical Physiotherapy (Women’s Health & Continence)
  • CrossFit Weightlifting
  • Working Against Gravity Certified Nutrition Coach
  • Sports Nutrition Association of Australia – Certificate in Applied Sports Nutrition (currently completing)

Vicki's fitness journey began when she was introduced to competitive artistic gymnastics as a child.

Her love for fitness and health grew and she began coaching this strength-based sport as a young adult. It was a natural progression in 2008 to complete a TAFE certificate IV in fitness before the first of her five children were born.

Vicki discovered CrossFit in 2017, here she found her experience as a mother, a gymnastics coach and her passion for fitness could be combined to help others pursue achievable health goals.

Vicki specifically enjoys working with the younger athletes and has created a space for children and teens to reach their full potential uncovering strengths and building confidence through movement and exercise.

Industry Experience: 10 years 

Qualifications:

  • Women’s Artistic Intermediate Gymnastics Coach
  • Cert IV in fitness
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • Blue card

Jardan (or more commonly known at Contessa as “J”!)

is a Level 2 CrossFit Trainer. Aside from coaching our CrossFit Classes during the week, J also runs Contessa Rookies, our specialised beginner classes for newbies. When she’s not coaching classes, she’s helping members with their current goals during their Personal Training sessions and also running Specialty courses.

J started in the fitness industry almost 10 years ago. She joined her local CrossFit gym in Gladstone in 2012 where she fell in love with the sport. Her favourite part of CrossFit is that you can mould it into anyone’s lifestyle - regardless of their age, skill level, exercise history or current/past injuries. It is quite literally, for every BODY.

Industry Experience: 10 years

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit level 2
  • Cert 3 & 4 in fitness
  • First Aid
  • Gym Yoga Certification
  • AWF Weightlifting Level 1

Hannah is a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer along with a CrossFit Kids Coach.

From a young age she has participated in a wide range of sports shaping her into a coach that wants to help women understand the impacts of being challenged in a positive environment.

Hannah’s background in sport has not only given her an understanding of a healthy lifestyle, it now motivates her to help women of all ages and abilities experience the same. Hannah wants to help you see what you’re truly capable of, all through safe, functional mov

Industry Experience: 3 years

Qualifications: 

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • Cert 3 in Fitness
  • ement to everyday life.

Nick started CrossFit in Gladstone in 2012

And was immediately hooked. He completed his CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course and began interning at CrossFit Gladstone where he then went on to work as the Head Coach for many years. He has since completed his CFL2 coaching accreditation as well as the Australian Weightlifting Federation Level 1 accreditation. Nick's passion is to help people achieve what they never thought they could, and will always be there to offer help and advice.

Industry Experience: 9 years

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 2
  • AWF Weightlifting Level 1