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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

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HEAD COACH

KARYSS ADAMS

Bachelor Degree in Exercise Science

After being a personal trainer for six years in the Sunshine Coast, Kaz returned to the Bay of Plenty in 2018. Kaz has a background in athlete development, bootcamps, weightlifting and sports conditioning.

Kaz enjoys watching and assisting people in their progress through their own personal health and fitness journey. He uses his knowledge and sense of humour he has acquired throughout the years to keep sessions fun and motivate people to work hard.

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FOUNDER

KEEPA MEWETT

Bachelor of Business Studies - Finance and International Business
Professional Rugby Player (NZ and Japan)

Keepa has always been passionate about strength and conditioning due to his background in professional rugby. Keepa designed the RAW training methods from experience in sports and knows that training like an athlete, for performance, is the only sustainable way to train.

Keepa believes confidence and a positive mindset comes from achieving results through consistency, commitment and support.

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COACH

JOSH HALL

Certificate in Fitness Level 4
Ex-Professional Rugby Union Player

Josh has been a member of RAW for the past three and a half years, as well as being a part of numerous strength & conditioning programmes, through rugby union.

Josh believes that our strength and conditioning systems are up there with the best. The right amount of variety to challenge even the most seasoned athlete. Seeing members push their mental capacity to the absolute limit is something ‘Coach Cookie' thrives on, because he knows that mental resilience will not only make you a stronger athlete, but a more well-rounded person as well.

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COACH

CASSIA VIANELLO

Cassia joined RAW in November 2018 because she was looking for a place where she wouldn’t 'just exercise’. Cassia found the right spot. She found a place to lift heavy, move powerfully, build speed and endurance, all while being surrounded by a supportive and like-minded community.

Cassia began as an intern, but is now a fully fledged member of the crew at RAW. She whole-heartedly believes in their mission and wants to be a part of it: performance over aesthetics, teamwork and community, and constant improvement through hard work and good movement.

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COACH

MATANOKO MACDONALD

Matanoko finds weightlifting both challenging and rewarding, and that’s one of the main reasons why she enjoys coaching and competing. Being able to see improvement in people and watching them realise their potential is so heartwarming as a coach and an athlete.

'Noko' is currently coaching Olympic Weightlifting, personal training and studying. She also proudly represents her country of the Cook Islands in Olympic Weightlifting.

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PHYSIOTHERAPIST

KATE NEIDERER

Kate has over 10 year's experience in the field with the last 2 years being with the NZ Sevens programme, providing rehabilitation services to both the All Black and Black Ferns Sevens players.

Kate believes in an active approach to treatment. Kate empowers clients with the knowledge they need to be better, stronger, faster.

Having trained alongside the RAW  crew for the last 2 years, I can’t think of a better, more aligned community for Balance Sports Physio to be part of.