Coaches

Our coaches are at the top of their field within the CrossFit community here in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast and pride themselves in their professionalism, coaching and individual athletic abilities. The term “Practice What You Preach” is not thrown around lightly here at Camp CrossFit Caloundra and our coaches would never make you do something they could not do themselves.

Marty Skele (Co-Owner & Head Coach)
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Who are you? Tell us a little about yourself
I was born into the fitness industry. My parents owned and operated two of the first gym/fitness/squash clubs on the Sunshine Coast through the late 80’s and 90’s. Through my childhood this was all I knew and I loved it. My earliest memories were of being at the gym looking into the aerobics classes, the music blaring with 80’s hits and all these fit people jumping around in hot fluro! I’d then wander over to the weights area with all the big guys pumping iron and remember I wanted to be just like them.

Why did you choose to become a CrossFit coach?
To be honest I fell in love with the programming of CrossFit, especially the Weightlifting. When I was still a PT in a regular gym we started weightlifting and doing the CrossFit WODs then it was just a natural progression to move out and start our own CrossFit gym helping others.

Favorite WOD or Exercise?
I like the Barbell. Anything lifting I enjoy the challenge of maintaining form and pace. Snatch has always had a special place in my heart too.

Who or what inspires you and what has been the main influence to your coaching?
My main influences early on were my parents. If it weren’t for them I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing today. I’ve learnt from so many coaches since and still am!

What’s your favorite food to eat?
I do like food. Last meal on earth would probably be slow cooked beef, crispy potato bake and beer.

What’s your favorite beer to drink?
I like most beers but I’m partial to a nice Pale Ale at the moment.

What’s your favorite holiday destination?
I love Bali. Any holiday is a good thing to me.

Who’s your favorite CrossFit girl or guy?
I entered into CrossFit around the time of Chris Spealler, Graham Holmburg, Jason Khalipa, Pat Barber, Mikko Salo, Annie Thorisdottir, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet & the almighty Rich Froning. All of these guys I admire massively for their dedication and drive to compete at the highest levels of the Sport.

Qualifications:
Bachelor Degree in Sport & Exercise Science (QLD)
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
Precision Nutrition L1 Certified
Diploma in Remedial Massage Therapy (QLD)
Active Release Technique (ART) trained
Level 2 Strength and Conditioning (ASCA)
Level 1 Weightlifting/Sports Power Coach (AWF)
CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer
CrossFit Scaling Course
Level 1 & 2 Pendlay Olympic Weightlifting certified
Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) qualified


Eli Butler (Coach)
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Who are you? Tell us a little about yourself
Eli, (not elijah) Butler. Raised on the Sunshine Coast!
Worked in the health and fitness industry for 7+ years between commercial gyms, supplement shops and now a CrossFit box. previously a chronic gym head wanting more from of myself in terms of what I can do and how I perform as an individual. When not training, either drinking coffee or trying to be less lame by riding my motorbike between coffee shops….

Why did you choose to become a CrossFit coach?
Continuing my love of teaching people to better themselves, sharing information they may not otherwise get. Being the gateway to better ideals, healthier thoughts and happier lives for others. To be honest I like CrossFit for what it is and what it represents but the community sold me, next level to anything I’ve been a part of before.

Favourite WOD or Exercise?
Exercise:
Close battle between deadlift and squat
Clean is a close third due to underlying complexity it has and the fact that it eludes me so. Probably deadlifts though.
WOD:
Not Fran…
Honestly couldn’t pick one, but on paper Linda would be my best as its some of my better lifts all in one WOD.

Who or what inspires you and what has been the main influence to your coaching?
I’m inspired by anybody that is willing to share their knowledge with no intention of gaining from it, a true educator. Anybody passionate enough to speak their mind and their desires in the face of adversity.
People by name: Layne Norton, Steve Cook, Marty Skele.
Personal desire for better health and well being for myself and others. Passion for showing others what they are capable of, teaching new ways and changing the thoughts of those who think they’re stuck where they are.

What’s your favourite food to eat?
Chicken schnitzel all day everyday!

What’s your favourite beer to drink?
Water because it’s the coolest.

What’s your favourite holiday destination?
Japan, snow fields.

Who’s your favourite CrossFit girl or guy?
Sara Sigmundsdottir. Cliché I know but Froning is who had me looking into the community of CrossFit (mirin on that physique).

Qualifications:
Cert 3 & 4 Fitness
Cert 3 in Athlete Support
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Judges course
Bachelor of Sport & Exercise Science (currently completing)
Bachelor of Nutrition Dietetics (currently completing)


Sheridan Heuston (Co-Owner)

Who are you? Tell us a little about yourself
I’m a mum, partner and fierce animal lover. I grew up in a very competitive sporting environment loving all forms of sport and exercise. I spent most of my childhood free time either at the pool swim training or at the beach for Surf Life Saving training.

Why did you choose to become a CrossFit coach?
I studied a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Geography and Urban Planning but fell in love with all things CrossFit when I met Marty and haven’t looked back!

Favorite WOD or Exercise?
The technical complexity and explosiveness of the snatch will always have my heart.

Who or what inspires you and what has been the main influence to your coaching?
At a time when I was snacking on maccas most days I was lucky enough to meet Marty who introduced me to this thing we call ‘CrossFit”. It’s our life now and I love the life I lead so obviously my biggest influence would be Marty. I’m so grateful to be ale to wake up every day and do something that I love and that never feels like work. The amazing people who walk though the gym doors everyday, that I now call my friends, make each coaching day a good one.

What’s your favourite food to eat?
I don’t know if I have ONE favourite food but steak, pizza, and hot chips are among my favs.

What’s your favourite beer to drink?
Hmm I like most dry beers but usually opt for a glass of red instead.

What’s your favourite holiday destination?
Maybe its something to do the with B’s? Bali and Byron Bay take the cake. The vibe in both of these places is such a refreshing change.

Who’s your favourite CrossFit girl or guy?
Although I admire many of the male athletes, I relate more to the females. In the early days I fell in love with Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, not only for her incredible athleticism but also because she always had a smile on her face and handled defeat with grace and charisma. My latest idol is our very own Aussie, Tia-Clair Toomey. Even though she’s placed second fittest in the world two years in a row now, she’s still considered an underdog. I believe this can only come from her humble and carefree attitude.

Qualifications:
Bachelor Degree in Social Science (Geography & Human Planning)
CrossFit Judges Course
Senior First Aid