Our Coaches

Richie Patterson

Olympic Weightlifting and Strength Coach
Functional Strength CrossFit Coach

3 x Olympian (Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016 ) and Commonwealth Champion (Glasgow 2014) Richie Patterson is one of New Zealand’s most sort after coaches in Olympic Weightlifting and in the field of Strength and Conditioning.

With over 21 years experience as a competitive weightlifter, having broken numerous New Zealand Olympic weightlifting records – Richie brings both experience as an athlete and elite level coach – having developed a coaching methodology learned from numerous coaches worldwide. Richie has taken novice athletes right through to the Commonwealth and Olympic platform.

With a bachelor’s degree in coaching, Richies strength lies in his delivery of teaching – having now coached/delivered to hundreds of athletes/coaches/trainers across New Zealand and Australia – Richie will help you on your way no matter what your current level.

Bachelor of Sport (Coaching)
CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Level 2
AWF Strength & Power Coach Level 1
21 Years as an athlete/coach (Better than any qualification 😉

Pip Patterson

Owner & Business Manager
Functional Strength Gymnastics Coach
Functional Strength CrossFit Coach

Pip has a 10 year background in Competitive Gymnastics competing to a National Level. Transferring her skills to CrossFit saw Pip compete at multiple CrossFit Australasian Regional Games as an individual and as part of numerous teams.

Pip has a creditable performance history in Olympic Weightlifting winning titles nationally and Internationally. Holding New Zealand records across 3 weight classes Pip was multiple times Oceania champion and is a 2 x Commonwealth Games representative competing at the 2014 Glasgow and 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games placing 5th at both editions.

Pip has over 5 years experience coaching Development and Competitive Club Gymnasts to National Level and is a New Zealand Qualified Senior Woman’s Artistic Gymnastics Coach and Level 1 CrossFit Certificate holder. Pip has worked with Pre School, School teams, Teens and Adults teaching the fundamental movements of Gymnastics for over 10 years and more recently High Performance and CrossFit athletes for gymnastics based conditioning and core strength to improve any sport.

As well as competing to a high level Richie & Pip now have 3 additions to the coaching team, extending the family with the inclusion their son (Cooper), new daughter (Mackenzie) which are very much part of everyday life at the gym and our little Frenchie (Mini) – no doubt you will meet them in your time with us.

Richie Wong

Functional Strength CrossFit Coach
Functional Strength Olympic Weightlifting Coach

Richie has had a passion for sport from a young age competing in National level Tae Kwon Do, Interclub Rep Golf, Cricket & Rugby. Since leaving high school he trained for four years in Mixed Martial art (MMA) and has competed in Local Competitions. In 2009 Richie found Crossfit and began to train. His hunger for the sport and community became so great that in 2011 he became a CrossFit Coach and has coached Crossfit at all different levels. Richie has also been a competitive weightlifter since the end of 2012.

Level 1 CrossFit Cert
AWF Weightlifting Level 1 Cert
Diploma in Fitness Training

Kate Irvine

Ladies Fitness Class Trainer

You’ll love my holistic approach; I know everyone is different and your time is valuable. I ensure I understand your goals and requirements, then I create training sessions that will help you achieve optimum results. All while having fun and maximizing your efforts and commitment.

When you train with me, you get real, ongoing support. I help you create good habits that enhance your lifestyle, this means you will succeed in reaching your targets.

Cameron McTaggart

Functional Strength Olympic Weightlifting Coach

With over 8 years experience in Olympic Weightlifting Cameron brings a wealth of experience to the Functional Strength coaching team.

Cameron is a multiple times National, Oceania and Commonwealth age group champion, and holds Oceania and national senior records.

He has represented New Zealand at the Oceania Championships, Youth Olympics and most recently placed 7th at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Cameron is currently in the process of a 2020 Tokyo Olympics campaign.

Coming from early years competing to a national level in Gymnastics – Cameron has a solid understanding of the fundamentals of movement.