Performance Centre Coaches

Trainer_Catalina Castano

Education: Certificate III & IV in Fitness | Boxing for Fitness | Strength and conditioning Level 1 | Bachelor in Dietetics

Experience: College Ultimate Frisbee | Personal Trainer | Group Fitness Instructor | Nutrition Coach | Weight Management Consultant

Catalina Castano

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Group Fitness Trainer


Catalina is a Strength and Conditioning coach, serving as a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer Sunshine Coast wide with a background in Dietetics.

She played Collegiate Ultimate Frisbee and has more than 10 years of combined experience in the Sports, Fitness and Health Industries.

Catalina uses strength training and nutrition methods to help people improving their health and fitness so they can live their lives to the fullest every day and take a healthy lifestyle into the future.

She loves making people strong mentally and physically, and her training philosophy is that health is a daily practice, that is built from small habits.

Her favourite quote to live by is “We are stronger than what we think”.

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Education:  Cert III & IV in Fitness – Australian Institute of Fitness | Level 1 & 2 Boxing | Triathlete S&C Coach | Triathlon Victoria TRIactive Coach

Experience: Metafit Coach | Institue of Motion Member | Health Consultant | Personal Endurance Training | Multiple Marathon Finisher | Multiple Ironman Finisher |

Louise Hodgins

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Triathlon TRIactive Coach


To Louise, exercise is an important, meaningful part of daily living.  Everyone has busy schedules these days, but she believes exercise should be prioritised and incorporated into your schedule to become a daily routine.  Louise is a passionate believer that exercise can prevent health problems and improve quality of life, and she is driven to helping everyone achieve their fitness and lifestyle goals.

Louise’s philosophy focuses on continued lifelong learning as she works towards enhancing the well-being of her clients by empowering them with the knowledge, skills, support, guidance and resources to assist and inspire them on their journey to a healthier lifestyle. She works together with each client to transform their quality of life. Through active participation in regular fitness sessions and the integration of guided fitness programs, Louise turns health goals into reality, all in a caring, fun, and dynamic environment.

Louise’s love of fitness started at an early age with team sports. She grew up playing Netball and Basketball, and since then has added Long Distance Running and Triathlons to her passions. Louise owned and operated a personal training business in the Bayside area for 3 years, working with a wide variety of clients from busy time poor Mums to highly motivated athletes.

In her spare time Louise loves Bike Riding, Trail Walks, enjoying a glass of wine and hanging out with her Rag Doll Cats Spencer and Elle

Swimming Trainer

Education: Diploma of Sports Development – ESS Performance; Diploma of Fitness – Aust Institute of Fitness; Level 1 S&C and FMS – ESS Performance; Certificate in Exercise Nutrition – Beck Health; Sports Power Coach – Aust Weightlifting Federation

Experience: Triathlon Victoria Schools Program Coach | Elite Junior Athlete Coach | Schools Sports Coach | Junior Development Coach | Australian Sports Commission Community & Children’s Sports Coach

Andrew Garwood

Strength, Mobility & Movement Coach

Junior Development Coach


Andrew has many years’ experience as a high-level Athlete in Triathlon, Running, AFL Football Umpiring and as a State/National Representative Cricketer.

Andrew brings to his sessions a relatable style and amazing knowledge base in fitness, human movement and performance.

Regardless of your starting level, short-term or long-term goals, he is able to help anyone to develop and maintain discipline, routine and motivation by applying an individualised approach to your personal fitness journey.

Andrew specialises in junior development, coaching, strength and mobility training.

With over a decade in the industry, Andrew is able to relate to and work with junior athletes across many sporting disciplines to build programs that complement their sporting goals while protecting their growing bodies.

Gym Trainer

Education: Pre & Post Natal Fitness | Athletics Australia Level 2 Recreational Running Coach | Cert III & IV in Fitness | Cycle Excel Level 1 | Punchfit Trainer Level 2

Experience: Oxfam 100km Trail Run | Multiple Marathon Finisher | Personal Trainer | Group Fitness Instructor |  Running Coach

Vicki Ryan

Fitness Coach

Group Running Coach


Vicki has been a fitness professional for over 7 years and is a mum to two young boys. She is a passionate female personal trainer Melbourne based with a particular love for running, especially on the trails.

With multiple marathons and an ultra marathon under her belt, she understands the importance of including a variety of strength and mobility work in an athletes training program, whatever their athletic goals are.

Women’s health and well-being is a key focus of Vicki’s having trained throughout and post pregnancies. Keeping fit and mobile at whatever stage of life equals a healthy mind as well as body.

Vicki loves kettlebells, HIIT, boxing, Spin & having a good laugh when working out!

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Education: Triathlon Australia Development Coach | Triathlon Australia Tri-Active Coach | Ironman Coaching Certification | European Health and Fitness Certificate Level 3 and 4 | Masters of Counselling at Monash University

Experience: Mental Health and Physical Activity Coordinator | Cognitive Behaviour Councillor | Children’s Mental Health Councillor | Development Triathlon Coach |  Squad Triathlon Coach |  Personal Training | Group Fitness Trainer

Nestor Rivera

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Triathlon Development Coach


Nestor has a high level of knowledge in the areas of Fitness, Triathlon and Mental Health. He utilises these skills to create programs, sessions and an overall environment that provide the highest level of support and effective training for every member.

Using his experience as a fitness and triathlon Coach and his many years as a high-level athlete, Nestor understands the different dynamics that come with new and challenging environments for every individual.

Nestor promotes healthy habits and focusses on inclusive support that helps every person, so that regardless of their background, they feel welcome in their new environment.

Nestor has trained, raced and coached within Australia, Spain and the USA.

Tri Australia Performance Coach

Education:  Bachelor of Science (Microbiology, Nutrition, Psychology) | Tri Australia Performance Coach | Tri Ireland L1 Coach | Sports Consultant – CIT Ireland | Cert IV in Training and Assessment

Experience: Triathlon Victoria Age Group Coach of the Year Finalist 2018 & 2019 | Triathlon Victoria Club Coach of the Year Finalist 2018 | State Level Football Representative | Tennis Australia Junior Ranking | SASRAPID Swim Instructor | Kids Learn to Swim Instructor | Freestyle Martial Arts | Muay Thai Kickboxing | Institute of Motion Member

Steve Davis

Sports Director & Performance Manager

Tri Australia Performance Coach


As the Performance Manager and Head Coach of Davey Black Triathlon, Performance Coach Steve Davis brings a holistioc approcah to training, and has seen athletes flourish under the training philosophies that he has developed over the last decade of training and coaching.

Steve competed at high level junior tennis and Aussie Rules Footy before moving into Freestyle Martial Arts, Muay Thai and then Triathlon later in life. Starting as a pure beginner, and lacking natural talent in triathlon, hard work and determination saw him get to the Long Course World Championships. While the birth of his three kids have slowed him down a little, he still managed to compete in several Ironman distance Triathlons and maintains a healthy and holistic approach to training and fitness.

Coach Steve lived in Ireland for 3 years building successful Coaching and Personal Training business, before relocating back to Australia, creating the triathlon club and opening the Davey Black Fitness Studio in Melbourne. His dream is to build a team that delivers the highest quality advice, coaching and support to everyone, regardless of their current fitness level. He is determined to help those who do not believe in themselves to get out and get active.

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