Meet The Team
Owner & Head Coach
As an early adopter of the CrossFit methodology,
Rob has poured his life into CrossFit CrossAxed and continues to do so.
With over 10 years of CrossFit coaching experience, and an additional 5 years of Personal Training prior to that, Rob brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to the gym and his team of coaches.
Along with coaching, Rob was also a professional Firefighter with the Queensland Fire & Rescue service for 17 years and while working on the front line he also trained & lead rescue teams for a majority of that time. This affords him an amazing perspective and honesty uncommon to most.
Rob's qualifications extend far but to list a few:
CF - L3
National Weightlifting Coaching Accreditation
CrossFit Gymnastics Advanced
CrossFit Level 1, 2 & 3
Cert IV Personal Training
As mentioned Rob specialised in Rescue within the fire service which included:
Swift Water Rescue
Urban Search and Rescue
Confined Space Rescue
A word from Rob - My passion for health and life is quite simple, I believe no one should miss out on doing things due to the state of their health or physical condition. Seeing parents unable to play with their kids or people not being able to do a physical task due to being overweight is heartbreaking. CrossFit sounds like a cult from the outside looking in but the reason everyone is so passionate is it truly is the best health program in history. It is for those pursuing excellence, those who understand doing what's easy and expecting results is a fool's errand & lastly it is for those wanting to be better no matter where you are starting. If that's you I would love you to join our team.
Coach & Operations Manager
Leah has been training in CrossFit since 2011, becoming a member with us at CrossFit
CrossAxed in 2013. Over the years, Leah has participated in many CrossFit events including
Competitions at both Intermediate and Advanced levels. She started her CrossFit Coaching
journey recently, getting certified as a Level 1 Trainer in 2020.
Leah is relentless in wanting to learn more at this stage of her coaching career and
builds her knowledge base from other coaching staff and various learning materials.
It is Leah's passion to grow as a Coach, and ensure all her athletes are moving to correct
movement standards in each class.
Leah is our Operations Manager, stepping into coach every so often. She loves being able to lead everyone through a fun, safe, and efficient workout, with member experience at the forefront.
When Leah isn't coaching, you'll see her on the gym floor with members or taking care of various duties to assist Rob & Alex on the operational side of the business. Leah trains daily to remain strong and focused, and in her spare time, you'll likely see her with her pup.
Dale Finlayson Senior Coach
Dale Finlayson started working for CrossFit CrossAxed in January of 2020 after owning
and running his own gym, CrossFit Alive, between November 2010 and November 2019
and being a Personal Trainer prior to that.
Born in 1982, Dale tried his hand at all sports during his schooling years but settled
on Rugby League predominantly in high school with touch football and bodyboarding
his main side pursuits into his early twenties.
Owning his own gym for 9 years has seen Dale coaching both in groups and
personally to a wide array of clients from those that competed at the CrossFit
Games and Regionals to National level weightlifters, emergency services
personnel, aspiring high school athletes, shift workers, and not least the vast
majority being general health and wellness clients whose main focus is improving
the quality of daily life. Having stepped back from competing in CrossFit and Weightlifting himself Dale is focused on the balance between being sustainable in his own health and fitness while being a great example to his two kids Asha and Lennox, being a great life partner and meeting the varying needs and goals of members from CrossAxed.
Annabelle Reely Senior Coach
Belle is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and has a Degree in Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science.
Belle was a Co-Owner of CrossFit Border in Tweed Heads South from 2010-2017 and has over
7 years of coaching experience.
Belle loves CrossFit’s ability to push people beyond any limits imaginable, the friendships
built with those enduring the same conditions and the amazing sense of achievement once
the workout is done is unmatched in any other fitness regime.
As a coach attention to detail is paramount for Belle and she believes that building
confidence in others is the best gift.
Belle strives to support others to live their best life no matter what. She endeavours all to
help members reach their goals whilst creating the most positive atmosphere possible - when you come through the doors at CrossFit CrossAxed, you’ll always be greeted by her big happy smile.
Carlos Barange Deu Coach
Carlos began his CrossFit coaching career in 2013 in his hometown of Barcelona, until he moved to Sydney with his wife. He has been coaching in Australia across different gyms in Sydney since he relocated, and has recently made the move further north to Sunny Queensland.
Carlos was a competitive CrossFit athlete for six years and trained under and alongside the guidance of some great coaches. His main focus now is to utilise this knowledge to help anyone who wants to improve their fitness; regardless of their fitness level.
Carlos has the ability to coach any aspect of the CrossFit methodology, but his main strength is Olympic Weightlifting. This comes down to his competitive years, as he put in a lot of hours perfecting technique with other coaches in the field.
His passion has been sports from when he was a kid, he always played team and individual sports and now he is translating all this passion into coaching this beautiful sport named CrossFit!
Carlos trains most days with the community, so you may share some sessions with him not only as a coach but also as a training partner. He is always happy to help so even if he is not coaching, don’t hesitate to ask him questions and pick his brain.
Shannon Hansell Coach
Shannon is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and also has her Cert 3 and 4 in Fitness.
After an international move with her husband and three young children early in 2015 Shannon found herself in the largest CrossFit affiliate in Jakarta, spurring a career change from teaching in early education to coaching. Shannon coached and competed in CrossFit in Southeast Asia over the next five years with her CrossFit Level 1 Trainer certification.
When her family returned to Australia she crossed over into operations and management, all the while continuing coaching group fitness classes.
Shannon strongly believes in an all round approach to health and fitness, making classes accessible for everyone at every stage whether that is a young person just starting out, a masters athlete looking to maintain fitness, busy parents squeezing in a class when they can or the competitive member; CrossFit has a place for everyone.
Jade has been a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer since 2020 and has recently completed her Level 2 accreditation. After growing up playing soccer, Futsal and AFL, Jade took to powerlifting and general strength training in a commercial gym which is where her fitness journey into CrossFit began. It wasn't long before Jade joined a CrossFit facility in 2017, where she fell in love with the inclusiveness and community it provides.
Jade believes that CrossFit pushes people to be physically and mentally stronger, and offers a healthy dose of competition for many athletes! She's passionate about health, fitness and nutrition, acquiring her Precision Nutrition Level 1 certification since becoming a CrossFit coach.
Jade's focus is on meeting the required movement standards, and ensuring continual progress for all levels of fitness. She strives to make CrossFit the best hour of your day, every time.
Jade coaches across both facilities, Morningside and Carina, and is dedicated to ensuring you have the best experience possible.
Tenee started training CrossFit in 2011. She fell in love with the training style instantly, so much so that in 2013 she obtained her Level 1 CrossFit certification and began her coaching journey and has not looked back since.
Movement, health, and fitness have always been a priority in Tenee's life, and she has always lived an active lifestyle participating in dancing and touch football growing up.
What made her fall in love with Crossfit was the variety and challenge of learning new movements, pushing yourself to do things you didn't think were possible as well as the community aspect; being surrounded by like-minded people who want to improve their life for the better.
Tenee has a passion for helping people see their potential and achieve their goals and do things they didn't think they could do.
She is currently completing her Precision Nutrition Level 1 certification to go alongside her Crossfit certification to gain more knowledge; thus having the ability to help people improve their eating habits along with their movement habits.
After competing in CrossFit and Powerlifting for many years, she has now changed her focus and is continuing to train for life, to live a healthy lifestyle and be a role model for her children, Hugo & Hayley.