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Team 98 consists of trainers from a range of backgrounds; from former elite athletes to members of the defence force. Together we represent over 50 years’ combined expertise. We deliver real results for any objective. We are committed to providing an experience and education for our athletes. We preach training, eating and living with the desired goal in mind, and we provide the tools needed to reach that goal.

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Beth Forshaw
Manager
Beth Forshaw
Manager

Qualifications

  • BSc Sport and Exercise Science
  • Personal Trainer / Fitness Instructor
  • 11 years coaching experience

Originally from the UK, Beth began her sporting career as a competitive swimmer, competing at a national level across the UK. This fed into a keen interest in understanding the body’s full potential, resulting in studying a Bachelor in Sport and Exercise Science.

Since then, Beth’s coaching background has expanded to include swimming, pilates and strength and conditioning. No matter the discipline, Beth’s coaching ethos always comes down to the love of helping people to understand the movement potential of their bodies, as well as educating clients to understand the “why” behind what they’re doing. This has allowed Beth to coach a huge number of clients through a range of abilities from novices to experienced athletes. That said, Beth’s expertise lies in strength training, as well as impressive experience in pre and post natal training.

Calling Sydney home for the past 4 years, when Beth isn’t in the gym you can find her ocean swimming, surfing or enjoying a lovely glass of red.

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Franco Morris
Head Coach
Franco Morris
Head Coach

Qualifications

  • 12 years PT
  • Travelled internationally as a personal trainer to a professional race car driver
  • Cert III & IV
  • CrossFit level one
  • AWF Club weightlifting/sports power coach level one
  • 5 years competing in fitness
  • Growing up rugby/team

Franco was born in the Welsh city of Cardiff and raised playing rugby, instilling the team above all mentality that still drives him to this day. His interest in athletic performance, injury prevention and longevity carries into his own training and the way he programs for individuals and groups he coaches.

Beginning his career in the fitness industry at 18, Franco’s passion for seeing people achieve hasn’t diminished in the slightest. From coaching community level classes in his hometown to travelling across Europe and Asia as the personal trainer to professional GP3 driver Matthew Parry, Franco has seen and advocates the importance of training for all levels of fitness and interest. After two very successful seasons with Matt, the opportunity to move to Sydney presented itself and Franco took the chance.

Once in Sydney Franco continued his work in fitness, being offered the role of head coach in a CrossFit gym in Sydney’s south, before moving on as Head Coach and Manager in a strength and conditioning gym in Sydney’s lower north shore. While doing so, he also completed his Australian Weightlifting Federation (AWF) Club Weightlifting/Sports Power Coach Level One.

Franco has been a big part of the wider 98 crew for some time and has represented the gym in competition on multiple occasions. His competitive spirit and his distaste for weaknesses or holes in his ability make him one of the most well rounded individuals at 98 GYM, with this translating to his coaching philosophy and style. His embodiment of the 98 ethos of commitment to the team, to hard work and willingness to suffer is apparent. Translating into his coaching, his encouragement of performance based goals continually yields better results than his clients anticipated possible.

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Tess Hering
Coach
Tess Hering
Coach

Qualifications

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certification
  • Certificate III in Fitness
  • 5 years coaching experience

They say you are the product of your environment, and Tess was raised in a family driven by high performance sport. Her mum and sisters were strong female role models when growing up. Patricia, her mum, competing at the CrossFit games at 56 years old and her sisters both highly ranked CrossFit competitors. The bar was set high from a young age.

Tess began competing in swimming and claimed national titles for three consecutive years. Having found a love for the gym, Tess then progressed into training to make the CrossFit games like her mother and sisters. At the age of 16 Tess competed as part of a team for the CrossFit regionals. A year later Tess qualified for the CrossFit games as an individual and placed 14th in Madison, Wisconsin.

Tess committed herself to coaching others and has gained coaching experience one-on-one, large and small group training in some of the most respected gyms in Australia. She continues to improve her coaching skills and knowledge and is studying exercise and sports science at university.

Although still relatively young, Tess has more coaching experience and knowledge then most trainers twice her age. She also has a passion to keep learning and improving to better help all clients she coaches.

This combination of experience as an athlete, passion to be a great coach and her strong upbringing in a performance driven family means Tess knows how to achieve and get people achieving their goals.

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Haydon Skinner
Coach
Haydon Skinner
Coach

Haydon’s path to joining the team at 98 gym was a journey in itself. Spending most of his teenage years being overweight as well as being diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic at 13, health and fitness took a back seat in Haydon’s life. Leaving school at 15 to commence an apprenticeship in Fitting and Machining, Haydon worked for the following seven years in the trade, before moving to become a marine diesel mechanic and very much thought his career path was set.

It was not until he was 19 years old that Haydon even set foot in a gym. After struggling his whole life with self-confidence and body image, he managed to loose 22kg in the following three months and very quickly discovered a new passion for training. After four more years of developing a strong knowledge base in both nutrition and strength training to aid not only his fitness but also daily living with diabetes, Haydon finally made the decision to turn this passion into a career and commenced nightly tertiary education to complete a Certificate III and IV in Fitness while still working in mechanics, and now has four years face-to-face coaching experience under his belt.

Haydon brings knowledge from study but also from lived experience to his coaching style and clientele; his ability to empathise with others facing their own challenges is near unmatched. Added to a sincere interest in supporting people to achieve more than they thought possible of themselves and enjoy the privilege of movement, Haydon has made a deep impression with the 98 member base.

Those who have met Haydon know him as synonymous with hard graft and allowing no room for excuses. Starting out as a 98 Training member, Haydon consistently posted impressive numbers along with emphatic support of others online. Offline, his work ethic rings just as true.

For Haydon, honesty, humility and a strong work ethic build the foundation blocks of all he takes on. He demonstrates all three daily, and this solidified his place at 98 Gym. Haydon’s willingness to learn paired with a head first, get-it-done attitude and a strong understanding of what it means to put others first make him a key member of the 98 team.

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