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Team 98 consists of trainers from a range of backgrounds; from former elite athletes to members of the defence force. Together we represent over 50 years’ combined expertise. We deliver real results for any objective. We are committed to providing an experience and education for our athletes. We preach training, eating and living with the desired goal in mind, and we provide the tools needed to reach that goal.

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Chris Feather
Founder
Chris Feather
Founder
  • Professional Rugby League Player for 11 Years (UK) (FRA) (AUS)
  • Fully Certified Gym Jones Instructor
  • Founder of 98 Riley Street Gym

Hailing from Leeds, Northern England, Chris had a keen interest in many competitive sports from an early age, originally finding his calling in rugby league as a teenager.

Chris’ competitive spirit, skills and grit saw him shoot up the ranks. A professional player at just age 17, Chris spent 11 years playing top level Super League in the UK and Elite League 1 Rugby in France.

His enduring passion for fitness led him to a career in Fitness upon retiring from rugby league. Relocating to the sunny shores of Sydney, after completing Certificate III and IV in Fitness, Chris was then charged with the responsibility to open and manage one of the cities most exclusive private gyms in 2011 – 98 Riley St. At ‘98’ the focus is on turning ordinary into the extraordinary, providing targeted, personalized and accountable training programs and classes for fitness, health and well-being.

In recognition of his dedication and excellence to training and fitness, Chris was invited to Utah, USA to participate in a private training and fitness qualification program called Gym Jones. Gym Jones is an elite program that prides itself on a dedication to ‘the art of suffering’.

In late 2011, Chris became one of only 20 current Certified Gym Jones Instructors worldwide, and utilizes this knowledge and spirited elite training philosophy when devising programs and challenges for his clients. This certification also brought new opportunities, including global demand for his services as the fitness trainer of record for key cast members during film production on many Hollywood blockbusters.

Chris’s overall philosophy is based on hard work, mental strength and willingness to suffer. In his opinion, aesthetics are a bonus to achieving true fitness. Not vice versa! Importantly, he also practices what he preaches. There is no training or workout that Chris prescribes for a client without already completing it himself.

Chris trains a variety of clients, male and female, from beginners through to professional athletes. No matter what their age or ability, his clients simply require a passion to succeed, a positive mindset and a whole load of determination. He continually challenges them to improve their results and efforts, essentially competing with themselves in order to achieve their personal goals… and when that goal is reached – to set and reach new goals in the constant quest for fitness excellence.

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Kate Hilliard
Manager/Coach
Kate Hilliard
Manager/Coach

Kate’s performance driven attitude fits the 98GYM ethos perfectly. It wasn’t long after starting training at 98 that Kate broke her first World Record on the Concept2 SkiErg. Kate subsequently followed this by breaking a number of others for multiple distances which still stand.

Setting the benchmark in the gym and now internationally for females led to an opportunity to represent Australia at the Turf Games in London at the festival of functional fitness. Kate is the first and only 98 Sponsored Athlete and is a leading example for both women and men in the gym.

Kate has not only pursued fitness for herself, but has also studied the social determinants of health through her tertiary education, completing a Bachelor of Health Science followed by a Masters in Health Policy. Her desire to understand how health and disease can be understood and addressed as a social phenomenon has been one of the biggest drivers to her becoming a coach. 

Kate’s coaching experience spans over a decade, training both elite level swimmers to adults learning the basics, with the level of athlete not mattering nearly as much as the character caliber of the athlete. 

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Beth Forshaw
Coach
Beth Forshaw
Coach
  • BSc Sport and Exercise Science
  • Personal Trainer / Fitness Instructor
  • 11 years coaching experience

Originally from the UK, Beth began her sporting career as a competitive swimmer, competing at a national level across the UK. This fed into a keen interest in understanding the body’s full potential, resulting in studying a Bachelor in Sport and Exercise Science.

Since then, Beth’s coaching background has expanded to include swimming, pilates and strength and conditioning. No matter the discipline, Beth’s coaching ethos always comes down to the love of helping people to understand the movement potential of their bodies, as well as educating clients to understand the “why” behind what they’re doing. This has allowed Beth to coach a huge number of clients through a range of abilities from novices to experienced athletes. That said, Beth’s expertise lies in strength training, as well as impressive experience in pre and post natal training.

Calling Sydney home for the past 4 years, when Beth isn’t in the gym you can find her ocean swimming, surfing or enjoying a lovely glass of red.

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Dan Potter
Coach
Dan Potter
Coach

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Sports Science & Exercise w/ primary research in Strength & Conditioning.
  • Registered Exercise & Sports scientist with ESSA (Exercise Sports Science Australia)
  • Former Strength & Conditioning coach for a NPL Football team.
  • 6 Years coaching experience

Brought up living in the UK, Dan is a proud Yorkshire man with a passion for achieving goals and results in all individuals. From a young age, Dan has excelled in all his chosen sports but now has found his place as a young leader in the fitness Industry. With a strong desire for achieving mental toughness, Dan has found himself excelling at multiple competitions that the fitness industry has to offer and thrives off the accomplishments that can be achieved through hard work and determination. His never quit attitude has helped him overcome all obstacles placed in front of him and lead to many exciting opportunities.

With over 4 years of studying Sports science & Exercise, Dan is a qualified ESSA sports scientist, and has had over 6 years coaching experience. Within his 6 years of coaching, Dan has trained elite Football and Rugby league athletes, to individuals of the general population. Dan is passionate in the development of Strength & Conditioning through diverse programming techniques. With the use of scientifically backed training methods, Dan customises all of his programs to suit the needs of the individual, and understands the methods needed in order to reach his clients goals.

Dan is an enthusiastic and determined trainer who’s primary focus is to ensure the pursuit of functional excellence, with all sessions aimed to be enjoyable and purposeful. With consistency and adherence, Dan believes that results will be achieved with the right attitude and proper guidance.

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Emma Brown
Coach
Emma Brown
Coach

Emma’s philosophy as a trainer is based upon motivating and encouraging people to move through as much range as possible and gaining as much strength as possible in the process. This not only returns the best body composition result for her clients, but her pace and programming style also significantly decreases the risk of injury.

She specialises in strength and conditioning, body composition, women’s health and nutrition. Her simple and holistic approach to nutrition education is the cornerstone to her practice. She trains a wide range of skill-levels and ages, providing clients specific prescription where necessary, based on body type, activity levels and goals. Emma believes that combining the tools for both nutrition and exercise delivers longevity and the best possible results long term.

Movement has not always been a huge part of Emma’s life, however it eventually became apparent of the huge benefits exercise had on her mental health. These benefits are what motivated her to begin a consistent and rewarding career in personal training.

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Haydon Skinner
Coach
Haydon Skinner
Coach

Haydon’s path to joining the team at 98 gym was a journey in itself. Spending most of his teenage years being overweight as well as being diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic at 13, health and fitness took a back seat in Haydon’s life. Leaving school at 15 to commence an apprenticeship in Fitting and Machining, Haydon worked for the following seven years in the trade, before moving to become a marine diesel mechanic and very much thought his career path was set.

It was not until he was 19 years old that Haydon even set foot in a gym.  After struggling his whole life with self-confidence and body image, he managed to loose 22kg in the following three months and very quickly discovered a new passion for training.  After four more years of developing a strong knowledge base in both nutrition and strength training to aid not only his fitness but also daily living with diabetes, Haydon finally made the decision to turn this passion into a career and commenced nightly tertiary education to complete a Certificate III and IV in Fitness while still working in mechanics, and now has four years face-to-face coaching experience under his belt.

Haydon brings knowledge from study but also from lived experience to his coaching style and clientele; his ability to empathise with others facing their own challenges is near unmatched. Added to a sincere interest in supporting people to achieve more than they thought possible of themselves and enjoy the privilege of movement, Haydon has made a deep impression with the 98 member base.

Those who have met Haydon know him as synonymous with hard graft and allowing no room for excuses. Starting out as a 98 Training member, Haydon consistently posted impressive numbers along with emphatic support of others online. Offline, his work ethic rings just as true.

For Haydon, honesty, humility and a strong work ethic build the foundation blocks of all he takes on.  He demonstrates all three daily, and this solidified his place at 98 Gym. Haydon’s willingness to learn paired with a head first, get-it-done attitude and a strong understanding of what it means to put others first make him a key member of the 98 team.

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Emma Chan
Coach
Emma Chan
Coach

Qualifications

  • CrossFit LV 1 & Weightlifting Trainer
  • OPEX Coaching Certificate Program
  • Precision Nutrition LV 1 Certified
  • GGS – Certified Women’s Coaching Specialist and Pre-Postnatal Coach
  • FRC Mobility Specialist Certified
  • 12 years coaching experience

Originally from Hong Kong, Emma embarked on her fitness journey through active participation in various sports. Her dedication and talent propelled her to the Division 1 indoor volleyball league, where she not only excelled but also earned a coveted sports scholarship for her university education.

A proud member of the Hong Kong Volleyball Squad (U19) since the age of 15, Emma brings a wealth of athletic experience and a resilient mindset to her coaching practice. Following the completion of her degree, she was selected as a sponsored Nike HK Trainer, further showcasing her commitment to the fitness industry. Emma is more than just a coach; she is a lifelong learner, continuously expanding her knowledge to provide top-notch guidance to individuals of varying skill levels and ages.

Based in Sydney for the past 2 years, Emma is on a mission to positively impact the fitness community. Grounded in the fundamental principles of hard work and consistency, she strives to instill these values in her clients. Emma is devoted to fostering self-awareness and intention-setting, recognizing the significance of helping clients establish meaningful connections with themselves and align their aspirations with personal goals.

Currently, she is channeling her determination into conquering the sands as she diligently trains to secure a spot in the Beach Volleyball State Tournament.

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Tim Butler
Coach
Tim Butler
Coach

Qualifications/Experience

  • Bachelor of Sport & Exercise Science
  • Certificate III & IV in Fitness
  • 9 years experience

Having grown up all across Australia and the world, Tim had constant exposure to a variety of sports throughout his childhood. His passion for strength, conditioning, and all things fitness however became more prominent through his time in the Army as he began to enter the world of functional fitness in an effort to continually improve his strength and general work capacity for the job.

His keen interest in improving physical performance led him to complete his qualifications in the fitness industry and pursue work as a CrossFit coach whilst studying Sports and Exercise Science. He has since fully immersed himself in the world of strength and conditioning, travelling across the world to learn from and be mentored by some of the top strength and conditioning coaches.

Although passionate about finding the limit of his athletic performance, Tim doesn’t define himself as someone who is particularly athletically gifted. He uses this to highlight to people that he works with that a high standard of strength and conditioning can be achieved by anyone willing to continually apply themselves to the process. He has a keen interest in continuing to push the needle to find his own limits in training, chasing excellence in longer endurance activities whilst still aiming to progress under the barbell.

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Louis Potter
Coach
Louis Potter
Coach

Qualifications/Experience

  • Certificate III & IV in Fitness
  • 5+ years experience

Born in the United Kingdom and raised in Australia, Louis has been immersed in an active lifestyle and sports from a young age. His competitive nature and passion for excellence led him to play state-level rugby during his school years. It was during this time that he discovered the weights room, which became a pivotal part of his fitness journey. Eventually, he progressed into competing in powerlifting.

The time spent in the strength environment sparked his curiosity and desire to delve deeper into the realm of strength and conditioning. Now, with five years of coaching experience, Louis has had the privilege of gaining insights and knowledge from esteemed mentors and leaders, further honing his expertise.

Louis is deeply passionate about improving individuals’ hard work, tenacity, movement patterns, and technical proficiencies. He is committed to supporting a desire for self-improvement and lifestyle changes in his clients. His coaching philosophy centres on applying a holistic health approach, utilising multiple avenues to help individuals achieve their goals.

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