ION TRAINING | Meet the Coaches
ION is Sydney CBD’s premier training facility for semi-private Strength & Conditioning and Personal Training, purpose built without compromise and dedicated to empowering clients to mastering their health and fitness.
ION is Sydney CBD’s premier training facility for semi-private Strength & Conditioning and Personal Training, purpose built without compromise and dedicated to empowering clients to mastering their health and fitness.
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Training Director
Performance Specialist

Rhys Pritchard

Former professional Rugby League player, Rhys is one of Sydney’s leading Strength & Conditioning Coaches. Since retiring from the NRL, Rhys turned his focus to helping everyday people become better than yesterday. His mission is to help people make fitness a priority, through functional training that gets results.

Rhys’ personal experience as an elite level athlete has accelerated his professional development and expertise as a fitness professional, enhanced by a higher level of education and training since retiring from the NRL. Experienced in coaching a variety of individuals, from one-to-one clients to large corporate groups, Rhys’ style of programming incorporates all elements of Strength & Conditioning and is suitable for all levels of fitness, ages and abilities.

You will be hard pressed to find someone who is as disciplined and meticulous as Rhys, these qualities transfer to his work life as ION’s Head Coach and he expects clients to be disciplined, accountable and patient with their training. Rhys will ensure you reach your personal training goals with only one catch, you must turn up.

“I believe everybody has a purpose in life. This is mine. To make you physically and mentally stronger through training.”

Qualifications

  • Australian Strength & Conditioning Association (L1 Coach)
  • EXOS Performance Mentorship – PHASE 3
  • EXOS Performance Specialist (XPS)
  • Functional Range Conditioning (FRC)
  • Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
  • Australian Combat & Exercise – Boxing Skills & Fitness
  • Precision Nutrition Coach
  • Certificate IV Fitness
  • First Aid / CPR
Managing Director
Performance Specialist

Vincent Wong

Vincent has been involved in the fitness industry as a business consultant and performance coach for 5 years. Working with Australia’s most respected fitness business operations, Vincent’s consulting experience includes major commercial gyms, functional fitness franchises, CrossFit boxes, Strength & Conditioning facilities, High Performance Centres in the NRL, AFL, A-League & Elite Schools/Universities, Australian Defence Force and Police training bases and premium Personal Training studios.

Vincent’s genuine passion for the fitness industry originates from a personal struggle with his own weight and the lack of available information focused on effective physical training, realistic nutritional guidance and mindset development for the everyday person. He believes that everyone has the right to reach their true physical potential, and that it is never too late to start.

A believer in balance above all else, Vincent enjoys a life void of extreme diets and overtraining. Instead he focuses on an efficient training philosophy which is realistic, results based and enjoyable.

“Work hard, practise balance, believe in the process and be patient. Results will follow.”

Qualifications

  • Australian Strength & Conditioning Association (L1 Coach)
  • EXOS Performance Mentorship – PHASE 3
  • EXOS Performance Specialist (XPS)
  • Functional Range Conditioning (FRC)
  • Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
  • Australian Combat & Exercise – Boxing Skills & Fitness
  • First Aid / CPR
Operations Director
Performance Specialist

Matt McIlwrick

Rugby League player Matt is a professional athlete in the NRL. A health and fitness enthusiast from a young age, Matt moved from New Zealand to Australia at the age of 16 to pursue a career with the NRL. Making his elite debut in 2012, Matt signed to the Canberra Raiders, followed by prestigious stints with the Sydney Roosters and the Cronulla Sharks, a partnership that saw him taking part in the 2016 Premiership. In 2017, Matt signed with the West Tigers with an extended playing contract active until the end of 2020.

Matt’s years as a professional athlete fired his ongoing curiosity of the immense capabilities of the mind and body. Throughout his career, Matt has frequently encountered situations that required him to challenge new heights of physicality and psychology. These aspects of elite sportsmanship he now shares with all his clients.

“We all have unique journeys with our health and fitness, to be a part of yours is truly special.”

Qualifications

  • Australian Strength & Conditioning Association (L1 Coach)
  • EXOS Performance Mentorship – PHASE 2
  • EXOS Performance Specialist (XPS)
  • Certificate IV in Fitness
  • Diploma of Business
  • First Aid / CPR
Community Manager
Senior Performance Coach

Ellen Wong

With a holistic health and fitness philosophy, Ellen believes that training consistently and regularly will transfer discipline to all areas of life. Her impressive credentials across a Biomedical Science Degree , Strength & Conditioning training, Pilates qualification and EXOS Performance Mentoring ensures that her extensive experience within the fitness industry is complimented by her unique scientifically minded approach, one that goes beyond standard trainer levels.

Ellen has always been inquisitive and wanted to know ‘how something works’ before jumping into it herself, this personality trait has allowed her to really scrutinise training programs, nutritional theories and recovery methods. Being the resident geek at ION, she is constantly challenging what we deliver as gospel to our clients.

Balance is key for Ellen. This allows her to relate with many of our female clients who want to train hard but also want to be able to live a balanced lifestyle which allows for flexibility in their diet and training frequency.

“Whatever you do, make sure you can do it forever.”

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science (UTS)
  • Australian Strength & Conditioning Association (L1 Coach)
  • EXOS Performance Mentorship – PHASE 2
  • EXOS Performance Specialist (XPS)
  • Mat Pilates Instructor (L1 Coach)
  • Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
  • Australian Combat & Exercise – Boxing Skills & Fitness
  • First Aid / CPR
Accredited Exercise Physiologist
Yoga & Pilates Instructor

Brooke Norgate

From a young age, dance, gymnastics and aerobics became a part of Brooke’s life and at 16 she made her first world championships in Sport Aerobics. This led to successfully competing for Australia for 10 years – training and competing at this level exposed her to experiencing multiple injuries which led Brooke to discovering the value of both Pilates and Yoga in looking after the body.

In 2003 she completed her first Pilates teacher training course, closely followed by Yoga teacher training in 2004. Keen to develop a deeper understanding of movement and the body Brooke completed a degree in Sports Science and a Masters in Exercise Rehabilitation before working as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist.

Brooke has been teaching Clinical Pilates and Yoga for over 10 years in a clinical and commercial setting both in allied health practices and international gym businesses, and believes that Yoga and Pilates can heal and strengthen the body – from chronic injuries, everyday people and through to elite level athletes.

Qualifications

  • Masters Of Clinical Exercise Physiology & Rehabilitation (Charles Sturt University)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Sport and Exercise Science)
  • 200 Hours Yoga Training – Certified Instructor
  • Exercise & Pregnancy Training Qualified
  • Certified Pilates Instructor
  • Certificate IV in Fitness
  • First Aid / CPR
Accredited Exercise Physiologist
Performance Coach

Sam Rooney

Qualifications

  • Australian Strength & Conditioning Association (L1 Coach)
  • Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
  • Certificate IV in Fitness
  • First Aid / CPR
Senior Performance Coach

Ryan Abbott

From a young age, Ryan has been passionate about health, fitness and all things strength – stemming from his own struggles with self-esteem, confidence and concentration. Ryan’s hunger to learn and develop his own body took over his life, his free time was consumed with hours spent scouring the internet and books for any information that could be used to further his own training.

Beginning a dual bachelor of Chemical Engineering & Physics at Sydney University in 2012, Ryan continued to devote all his spare time to reading and self-educating in new methods to improve his strength and sporting ability. In 2014 Ryan transferred into a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports science at the University of Technology Sydney and began working as a Strength & Conditioning coach.

Ryan believes that training is not simply about the attainment of certain standards, but also the commitment, effort, discomfort and hard work required which will yield the biggest changes in an individual.

Since 2014 Ryan graduated with Distinction from the University of Technology Sydney, became the youngest certified Gym Jones instructor in the world and has spent 12 months interning at some of the biggest Strength and Conditioning facilities in the US.

“An easy life is a life without significance. Suffering is what gives a person strength and worth, just as the steel hammered most becomes the hardest and most valuable”

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Sport & Exercise Science (UTS)
  • Gym Jones – Fully Certified Instructor
  • Certificate 4 in Fitness
  • Australian Combat & Exercise – Boxing Skills & Fitness
  • First Aid / CPR
Performance Coach

Andrew Davis

Building on 17 years of personal training and coaching, Andrew (a.k.a Tex) is our in-house Ironman athlete. With an impressive array of specialty knowledge, Andrew is highly experienced in endurance athlete training, strength and hypertrophy, Olympic lifting, sport specific training and his personal interest in the sport of CrossFit.

Motivated by a fitness philosophy steeped in purpose and practicality, Andrew is passionate about helping others to achieve their goals and better their lives. This is evident in his unique training style that draws on his broad set of fitness modalities and elite experience gained over many years, including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Purple Belt) and NCAA Collegiate Baseball. Andrew’s years of sports coaching and competing have inspired his tenacity to lead by example. Above all, Andrew’s mission is to ensure his clients obtain sustainable results, the discipline to achieve their goals and the determination to succeed.

“Be the change you want to see.”

Qualifications

  • Certificate IV in Fitness
  • NESTA CPT (USA)
  • USA-W Olympic Lifting
  • CrossFit Coach – Level 2
  • First Aid / CPR