About Us

PROPEL is passionate about improving Performance, Return to Play Rehabilitation and/or General Fitness.

Some of our elite coaches hold the highest accreditation in Performance Strength & Conditioning and have helped many athletes return to peak performance after suffering an injury and can help you too.

Our internationally recognised Athletic Development Facility is based in Samford Valley.

Samford Valley

The Lifestyle Centre, 225 Mount Glorious Road, Samford Valley, 4520

Meet the team

Grant Jenkins – director

Grant JenkinsGrant is both a Strength & Conditioning Coach & an Exercise Physiologist.

He can help you with your Performance and your Health.

Grant specialises in coaching developmental athletes.

Recently, he received the distinguished recognition of being awarded ‘Master Coach’ by the Australian Strength & Conditioning Association – the highest level of qualification in Australia.

Grant brings the same High Performance mindset that elite and developmental athletes have trained under for those who want to lose fat, gain muscle or just get fitter.


ELISHA JENKINS – Business Manager

Elisha Jenkins

Elisha is the brains behind the business and the admin side of Propel. 

She is the one who patiently works through all the twists, turns and bumps of running a small business.

And when our coaches need PD, equipment or new uniforms, it is Elisha who makes our jobs easier (and the gym look good).

Elisha’s background in elite swimming and then triathlons gives her a unique understanding of what athlete’s need. And she can combine this with her understanding what busy parents want.

Elisha is also the director of Propel Health – a supplement company that produces a range of brands including Wonder Foods.


Jono Vautin Jono Vautin – coach

Jono Vautin is a Strength & Conditioning coach who has specialised in working with young athletes.

In addition to heading up the Propel Junior Athlete program, Jono is an Athletic Development  coach at the Souths-Logan Magpies with coach Karmichael Hunt.

Jono is also a current player at the UQ rugby union club.

Jono will help you set strong athletic foundations so you can achieve your sporting goals. 


  • South’s Magpies Athletic Development
  • GPS Rugby Club Junior Athletic Development
  • Nudgee College Swim Club
  • BMX SQ Athletic Development Camps


  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach – Level 2
  • Sports Trainer (Sports Medicine Australia)
  • Certified Rugby union coach

Sam DuckSam Duck – Coach

Sam is a Strength & Conditioning Coach who is currently heading up the Athletic Development for the Samford Ranger’s Football Academy. 

He also works with a number of private athletes who compete in basketball, volleyball, BMX, etc. 

Sam will help you improve your speed, power while minimising your risk of injury.


  • Samford Rangers Football Academy
  • State-level track & field athletes
  • State-level volleyball athletes


  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach (currently completing ASCA Level 2)

Sean TailfordSean Tailford

Sean works mainly with our members who’ve colloquially been nicknamed the “Strong Dads”. 
When he is not at Propel, he looks after the Valley’s Rugby League team, ensuring they’re strong, fast and injury free. 


  • Valley’s Rugby League
  • Samford Rangers


  • Exercise Physiology (currently completing)
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach (ASCA)


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Ella is a popular and adaptable coach who has the ability to help improve the athleticism of a young athlete as well as help a mother improve their body shape. 

She balances her athletic development experience with her in-depth football knowledge to provide you with a functional and balanced program. 

If you’re a mother who’d like help with your fitness and health regime Ella is your best best. 

Alternatively, tap into Ella’s football acheivements and accelerate your development!


  • Samford Rangers Academy
  • Propel Athletic Development


  • Strength & Conditioning Coach (ASCA)
  • Exercise & Sport Scientist (currently completing)

All our staff have their Blue Card, First Aid, CPR & their ASCA Level 1.