' The success of Palmer's Gym is a direct result of founder John Palmer's genuine interest and passion for how children develop and learn. JP opened Bendigo Gymnastics Centre in 1978; his program was revolutionary. He created movement education programs that would not only assist children develop physically, but also intellectually, socially and emotionally. JP's program focussed on creating fun and all round positive experiences. His motivation was to give children the confidence they needed for a lifetime of success. Palmer's Gym, long and successful history and proactive commitment to evolve, allows parents to feel assured that they are giving their children a strong foundation for life.

We would like to introduce you to Team Palmer;

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John Palmer

Head Coach

For more information on John download the PDF below;

Bendigo Magazine Bendigo Magazine (1407 KB)

lucy palmer palmers gymLucy Warfe

Head Coach - (Palmer's Gym)
Early Childhood Program Manager (Palmer's Gym)
First Aid Officer



Qualifications / Experience:

Bachelor of Outdoor Education

Diploma of Education

Level 2 First Aid & CPR qualified. Anaphalaxis trained. Asthma Management trained

Assistant Coach at Palmer's Gym since she was 15!

Girton Grammar School; Physical Education & Outdoor Education Teacher; 2011 to present  

Competitive Tumbler & Sports Acrobat @ Bgo Gym Centre for 12 years      


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    Emma Carmody (nee Palmer)

    Head Coach
    Early Childhood Program Manager

    School Gym Program Facilitator & Instructor

    First Aid Officer

    Qualifications / Experience:

    Bachelor of Teaching (Primary & Secondary) & Bachelor of Education (La Trobe University 1999-2002) majoring in Physical Education

    Advanced Tumbling & GFA Coach with Gymnastics Australia

    Intermediate Trampoline, Acrobatics and Kinder Gym Coach with Gymnastics Australia

    Baby Gym Instructor

    2015-2019 Victorian Tumbling Coach

    2016-2019 Regional Convenor for Gymnastics Victoria's North West Committee

    Director: Tumble Tots Bendigo, Echuca Moaman and Cohuna

    Head Coach: Palmer's Gym Bendigo

    School Gymnastics Program Facilitator at Palmer's Gym

    CEO: Central Victoria Gymnastics Inc

    2015-2019 Trampoline Technical Committee - general member

    2016 Inclusions Officer - Trampoline Technical Committee

    Gymnastics Australia Presenter and Assessor

    2016-2017 Gymnastics Australia Volunteer Coordinator for the National Clubs Carnival Bendigo

    Certified Autism Movement Therapy Level 1 Provider

    Reading Recovery qualified. Reg # VI4606 (Trained in 2007)       

    Senior First Aid & CPR qualified. Anaphalaxis trained. Asthma Management trained

    Australian College of Sports Development - Diploma in Sports Development

    Kinect Auatralia National Registration – Fitness Trainer; Personal Trainer & Children's Trainer, Fitness Instructor; Gym Instructor & Group Fitness Instructor with ten years experience in the industry

    Fitnation - Certificate in Children's Fitness & Nutrition – Children's Nutrition, PT for Children & Group Exercise for Children

    AUSTSWIM qualified; Teacher of Swimming & Water Safety. Teaching Infant & Preschool Aquatics

    Pyramid Hill College Primary School Teacher 2003-2009. VIT Reg # 305204

    Mother to 3 little muppets who also participate at Palmer's Gym and Tumble Tots

    Professional Development:

    Gymnastics Australia - 'Managing Inclusion in Gymnastics' certification and 'Managing Risk of Coaching'

    Play By The Rules – Discrimination and Harrassment; Coaches, Child Protection – Sporting Clubs and Groups, Child Protection – Coaches and Officials,

    Fitnation – Physical Conditions and Exercise (Disabilities), Pre and Post Natal Exercise,

    Australian Fitness Network – Exercise and Pregnancy, Fitness For Women

    Fitness Ausralia - Pre and Post Natal exercise; 'Practical application of safe and effective exercise for Pregnancy'

    Tiny Hearts First Aid - Paediatric First Aid Course

    Preggi Bellies - Exercise for pregnancy and post natal. The benefits of exercise in pregnancy and how changes in the body through the different trimesters.


    8 time representative of Bendigo, Victoria and Australia from 1991 to 1998 in Tumbling and Sports Acrobatics.

    Travelled to New Zealand '92, China '94, Canada '97, America '97, Germany '95 to represent Australia.

    Also competed in Bendigo '92 & '96, Sydney '97 & '98 representing Australia.

    World Cup Gold Medallist for Tumbling in 1997

    Victorian & Australian Tumbling Champion;

    Victorian and Australian Sports Acrobatics representative and champion;

    Victorian Tumbling Captain; 1998

    Australian Flag Bearer – USA National Campionships, Walt Disney World, Florida; 1997

    Silver Medallist in the Canadian National Championships Teams Event; 1997