Wards Gym is owned and run by brothers Gavin and Callum Ward. Their bond is driven by hard competitiveness, yet both brothers support and nurture each other’s development. As a team, they have achieved a lot in and out of the gym. Their wives also join the team as coach and nutritionist, and their sister as the remedial massager. Joining Wards isn’t just joining a gym, it’s joining the family!


Wards Gym is individual focused, where members are encouraged and supported to achieve their personalised goals. The team-focused training facilitates a positive relationship building environment, and the social events further build the community.


Ward’s Gym welcomes people from all walks of life, by offering a range of fitness programs to keep anyone inspired on their fitness journey. Whether you’re a competitive athlete wanting at taking it to the next level, looking to improve your general health, or getting that pre-baby body back, the team at Ward’s Gym can assist you in achieving your personal goals.


Gavin Ward

Owner & Head Coach

Sport has always been a major part of Gavin’s life. Humble beginnings at the local swimming pool and little athletics club later developed into multiple appears at both State and National level across Swimming, Athletics, Cross Country, Football and Baseball.

More recently CrossFit and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu have been his sports of choice representing Wards Gym at the 2018 Crossfit Pacific Regionals and obtaining the rank of Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the same year. This last accolade taking 10 years of dedication to achieve, one that for the tens of thousands that start the journey, ever fulfil.

Gavin has coached and trained athletes across a broad range of sports over the past 20 years. He’s been extremely fortunate to have trained all over the world and learnt from some of the best coaches from different sporting backgrounds. He has taken this knowledge and skills and has applied it to helping other people achieve their own goals.


  • BS Psychology/Advanced Human Bioscience
  • Level 2 ASCA Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt
  • CrossFit Games Regional Athlete 2017, 2018
  • CrossFit Games Australasia Regionals Team 2018
  • Level 2 CrossFit Coach and Certified Judge
  • Certificate 3&4 in fitness

Callum Ward

Owner & Head Coach

With a lifelong passion for sports and fitness, Callum is the co-owner and head coach of Wards Gym. Callum began his fitness career doing one-on-ones and small groups, before commencing an interest in martial arts. This leads him back to coaching and opening his first CrossFit affiliate. Callum started Wards Gym with his brother Gavin in 2013.

As head of Wards Gym and a father of one, Callum pushes himself and the team to new levels and strives for the best in everyone. In holding true to this, Callum has competed multiple times in the CrossFit regionals as both an individual and in a team.


  • Certificate 3&4 in fitness
  • CrossFit Games Pacific Regionals Athlete 2013, 2015, 2017
  • CrossFit Games Australasia Regionals Team 2018
  • Level 2 Crossfit Coach and Certified Judge
  • Level 1 Powerlifting Coach, Level 2 Kettlebell Trainer

Jenni Cook

Coach (CrossFit & HIT)

Jenni’s interest in fitness began with her first basketball game at 7, and continued on through high school in a multitude of sports. In 2014, Jenni began training with Callum and Ward and competed in numerous CrossFit competitions as an individual, pair, and part of a team. Naturally, Jenni completed her CrossFit Level 1 cert and now coaches at Wards Gym.

As a coach at Wards Gym, Jenni feels nurtured in her role as both trainer and athlete and aims to motivate all those around her to set a higher standard for their own fitness. Jen specialises in tailoring workouts to suit injured athletes, or those returning from time away.


  • Certificate III & IV in Fitness
  • Club Weightlifting / Sports Power Coach Level 1
  • Powerlifting Excellence with Stephen Pritchard
  • CrossFit Games Regional Athlete Masters (35-39), 2017, 2018
  • CrossFit Games Australasia Regionals Team 2018
  • Level 1 Crossfit Coach and Certified Judge

Leasa Franks

Coach (Mums n Bubs, HIT, CrossFit)

Leasa Franks is a qualified Personal Trainer and CrossFit Coach who lives and breathes health and fitness. Leasa has over 12 years experience in the fitness industry and sports a set of abs that make flab tremble in fear. She specialises in functional movement and HIT training, leading our team through their paces as often as possible.

As a mum, Leasa knows firsthand how difficult balancing life’s priorities can be, and is proud to lead the Mums n Bubs training at Wards Gym. Leasa is passionate about empowering women to be the absolute best they can be, in and out of the gym.


  • Certificate 3&4 in Fitness
  • Level 1 Crossfit Coach
  • Certified Hatha & Ashtanga Yoga Teacher
  • Rob Orlandos CrossFit Strongman Course
  • Takano Athletics Weightlifting Course

Karl Buchhorn

Coach (CrossFit, HIT, Olympic Lifting)

Karl has been an active man since childhood, with a love of AFL and a natural talent in rowing. He was introduced to CrossFit in 2012, while attending a Level 1 seminar with his dad. Karl loved the fitness methodology and competitiveness of the sport, began training at a box in ACT, and commenced coaching in 2014. Karl joined the Wards Gym team after moving to Melbourne in 2017.

In addition to Wards Gym, Karl is the strength & conditioning coach for Port Melbourne FC VFL. He specialises in helping athletes grow and maintain their strength and fitness, and can assist them in injury prevention and management.


  • Diploma of Health Science
  • Bachelor of Sport Coaching & Exercise Science
  • CrossFit Level 1 Coach
  • ASCA Accredited Level 1 Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Glenn Pendlay Olympic Weightlifting Cam

Mark Doyle 

Coach (HIT & CrossFit)

There is not a time in my life where i can think of where i have not been involved in sport of some sort. From AFL to Cricket and basketball i have participated and played most things. Found my place in American football when i was 15 and have never looked back. Since that time i have been lucky enough to represent my country on 2 occasions (2003 and 2011) as well as countless Victorian representations at the National competition level in the AGL, as recently as March 2017. One truth about me through all of this is I live to compete.

Discovered Crossfit in 2012 and saw the potential it had to make me a better football player, but quickly found out that this was another avenue of competition for me to pursue and just fell in love with it . Joined the Wards army in 2013 and really found a place that felt like home and an environment that i could push myself, along with some of the best Crossfit athletes in Australia to compete against. Having worked out and coached at various boxes in my time doing CF but Wards has always felt like home to me, and is the reason i kept coming back.

What keeps me coming back to Crossfit? The opportunity to better yourself each and everyday. It pushes you to the brink of what you think you can achieve and when you surpass that barrier the euphoric feeling is second to none. I came to Crossfit to help give me and edge on my competition for football but learnt more about myself as a person and a player than i thought i could ever learn, by working to that brink.

Look forward to seeing you in the hurt locker.


  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • Bachelor in Applied Science
  • Victorian & Australian Rep in American Football
  • First Aid & CPR

Kimba Ward

Remedial Masseuse
Just like my brothers, I grew up constantly surrounded by sports & fitness. I was determined to be able to do anything the boys could do, be it swimming, football, baseball, Crossfit,  Martial Arts or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. If they did it, I had to. (Young feminist)
My direction & focus changed when I found music & dance. It was my own form of fitness, my own form of meditation. One that has been my career for the passed 15 years.
But then, as I approached my 30th Birthday, I found myself at a crossroads.. something was pulling me towards massage, a new path to experience I assume. I’d always found the benefits incredible, not only for the body, but also for the mind & soul. And so, the new love affair began. I became a Qualified Remedial Massage Therapist in 2018 & started Wards Remedial. Happy times! I’m so very excited to be joining my brothers at Wards Gym, go fam! And hope to help you all with achieving your goals.
See you soon, either on the table or the mats. Oss


  • Diploma of Remedial Massage
  • Wards Remedial (Owner)
  • Remedial, Deep Tissue, Sports, Trigger Point Therapy, Relaxation, Pregnancy, Mobility & Treatment Plans.
  • First Aid & CPR

Marika Ward


Marika provides a holistic approach to nutrition. Heavily focusing on the individual, Marika works intensively one-on-one with clients to target personal requirements and builds a solid foundation of knowledge.

Marika specialises in weight loss, improved athletic performance, muscle hypertrophy, meal planning & organisation, as well as general nutritional advice & information. She has a passion for nutritional education and believes in the benefits of a healthy lifestyle & understanding oneself through nutritional needs.

After all “you are what you eat!”


  • Diploma of Health Science (Nutrition)
  • The Healthy Platter Co. (CEO)
  • Mother of two

Kirby Collins


You should know that Kirby is obsessed about 4 things; Crossfit, delicious food, helping people perform at their best and Rufus (her chocolate lab – no doubt you’ll meet him and his wiggly tail soon!)

Dr Kirby has 8 years experience as a sports Chiropractor, Crossfit coach and has competed as an athlete twice at the Crossfit regionals. This experience has helped her pin point the exact strategies athletes need to take in order to perform at their best.

So if you’re injured, sore, tired, not recovering or if you’re simply struggling to knock out PB’s then she’s your gal!

P.s For those mums and dads out there, she also loves working with kids too! Kirby has completed an extra two-year postgraduate Diplomate in Chiropractic Neuro-Developmental Paediatrics to help her to take even better care of your precious little one.


  • Master of Clinical Chiropractic
  • Bachelor of Health Science
  • Diplomat of Chiropractic Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics
  • Precision Nutrition Coach
  • Crossfit Games regionals team athlete 2017 & 2018
  • Level 1 Crossfit Coach
  • Crossfit Mobility Trainer
  • Crossfit Kids Trainer

Katie Appleby

Personal Trainer
Fitness and training has been Katie’s passion since she had her first bounce on a trampoline at the age of 4 years old. Katie’s mum being a trampoline coach, naturally gave Katie access to competition from a very early age. She grew up surrounded by exercise and discipline, with all of her family dedicated to high level competitive sport.
Katie’s career in fitness began in her driveway in 2011 when she started ‘Katie’s Bootcamp’.  Katie has competed in many events and races including the London Marathon, Noosa Triathlon and many Cross Country races in the UK. Most recently her interest has been in body recomposition. To get a complete understanding of the process and commitment required, she immersed herself in a 20 week preparation for a body building competition which resulted in her achieving sub 10% body fat and placing in the top 10 in her division in the WBFF.
Katie’s passion now lies in helping people along their own fitness journey. As a mum to two young girls, she understands the road can be challenging with many obstacles along the way!


  • 8th WBFF Gold Coast 2019
  • 2005 & 2006 London Marathon
  • 2012 & 2013 Noosa Triathlon
  • Ready Steady Go Kids Coach
  • Certificate 3 & 4 in Fitness



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