About Us.

Our Mission

To help good athletes become the best athletes.

To foster excellence and professionalism to a standard where all professional systems know what to expect from a H.Y.P.E.D Academy athlete.

Provide athletes with a supportive space independent to their performance system.

Provide resources and empower parents in their roles as the number one support source for their children.

Our Values

Excellence: equals mindset + action.

Courage: have the courage to choose growth. Be willing to self reflect with honesty.

Integrity: act with integrity and honour, setting a standard of excellence.

Renee Tatana

Professional & Personal Development

Parent mentor


Renee’s involvement in multiple sports (Netball, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Softball and Touch Football) expands over 30+ years as a representative player, coach, manager and parent, including her engagement with Newcastle Knights in various roles as; Harold Matts Manager, House Parent and NSW CRL Operations Manager. 

Renee’s extensive corporate knowledge and transitional insights enables her to provide athletes with support and recognised strategies to help develop, optimise and empower them in any competing environment.

Renee believes the fundamentals of any elite performer is developed through humble, honest and hard-working values.

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

Renee’s favourite quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Leah Gilbert

Sports Counselling

Mental Performance


Leah has worked as a Sports and Fitness Counsellor, Fitness trainer and Run coach. She now focuses on her niche areas of Mental Endurance, regulating Wellbeing for Performance, and Mental Performance. Over the years Leah has worked with a range of athletes from sports such as ultra-endurance running and triathlon, ice hockey, rugby league, and Para-triathlon.

With a love for working with Emerging Athletes, Leah has worked previously as Head of Mental Performance for the Newcastle Knights Elite Academy, and is currently appointed to the Supporting Athlete Performance Programme at Newcastle Grammar School.

“Fall down seven times, stand up eight.”

Japanese Proverb & Leah’s favourite quote.

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