30 April 2021

Gymnastics WA Welcomes Two New Board Members

Following the recent Gymnastics WA Annual General Meeting, on Sunday 18 April 2021, the Association is excited to welcome two new Board Members to the organisation, Professor Merrilee Needham and Natasha Ogonowski. With a diverse skill set, both Merrilee and Natasha will bring further experience and professionalism to the organisation.

Professor Merrilee Needham is a Neurologist at the Fiona Stanley Hospital, and is passionate about improving patient care through research. Merrilee is also employed as the Foundation Chair of Neurology, Director of Research for the South Metropolitan Health Service, co-joint Leader of the Neurosciences Network in the Department of Health and finally the Head of Neuromuscular Research at the Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Research. Outside of her substantial medical career, Merrilee is a mother of three boys who participate in Men's Artistic and Trampoline Gymnastics at High Flyers Trampoline & Gymnastics Academy. Merrilee has joined the Gymnastics WA Board with a passion in positively influencing strategy and planning for the future of Gymnastics in Western Australia.

Natasha Ogonowski joins the Gymnastics WA Board with a wealth of experience in leading strategy, commercial, program and project management in the energy and water sectors. Natasha is a strategic creative thinker with a positive approach to leading and empowering people. Natasha is an experienced director in the Not-For-Profit sector and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is the current Chair of Holy Spirit Primary School and past Company Secretary and Non-Executive Director of the Petroleum Club of Western Australia and the Western Australia Club. Natasha has two young daughters currently participating in Women's Artistic Gymnastics at Star-Mites Gym Sports and the Gymnastics WA WAG High Performance Program. Natasha is passionate about supporting and giving back to the sport that is developing her children to not only be talented gymnasts but more importantly confident and well-rounded young ladies.

With a broad variety of skills and exceptional professionalism, the Gymnastics WA Board will continue to develop a strong and sustainable Association whilst ensuring the sport of gymnastics remains a sport of choice for many in the Western Australian community. Natasha and Merrilee will join current Board Members Desiree Jones - President (elected), Sarah Marshman - Vice President (appointed), Steve Chetkovich (elected), Matt Schneider (elected), Eva Kierath (elected) and Board Appointed Executive Director Emily Randall.

On behalf of the Gymnastics Western Australia community, we would like to welcome Merrilee and Natasha to their new roles on the Gymnastics WA Board. 

       Natasha Ogonowski                   Professor Merrilee Needham