Meet the judges

Meet the Judges

2018 European Championships

Sport Aerobics Panel

Francien Van Gent
The Netherlands

Head Judge

About Francien...

Francien has been a FISAF International Judge for 25 years and was a member of the FISAF Technical Committee.

She has also been a Sport Instructor for 40 years, teaching at elementary & high schools.

Francien has been an International Presenter of Aerobics at World Conventions in the UK and Brazil for many years and was a national coach and choreographer of Sports Aerobics. She also choreographed Fashion Shows in The Netherlands, Brazil and Portugal.

Francien has held the position of Chair of Urban Bond Nederland, department of Urban Dance & Education.

Last but not least: Everybody is a Winner!


Jana Hájková
Czech Republic


About Jana...

Jana studied at Charles University, the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport.

She works as a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Education, the Department of Physical Education and teaches practical gymnastics and aerobics subjects.

She is author of a lot of articles and books about gymnastics, sports aerobics, fitness and sport training.

She is also co-author of the FISAF Technical Regulation of sports aerobic and fitness, judging e-learning tests.

Jana has judged internationally for more than 20 years.


Jonatan Canada


About Jonatan...

Jonatan started aerobics in 1993, at the age of 15. He won his first regional and national competition in 1993, becoming the first champion in Aerobics under the age of 18.

Since then Jonatan has been a World Aerobic Champion 20 times, in different federations such as FISAF, FIG, ANAC and IAF.

In 2017 he became FISAF International Sports Aerobics Judge and in 2018, he was awarded the honour of Aerobics Gymnastics Ambassador 2018, according to International Gymnastics Federation, keeping the ranking of number one, King of Aerobics.

Jonatan has more than 20 years of experience in the Fitness industry presenting his own programs in six countries which include Todd Durkin for Impact Training, Martin Rooney for Training for Warriors, Marc Lebert for LTS, Meijers for Bosu®, Jorge Bonet for Pürmotion, and Christopher Harrison for AntiGravity®. He is the creator and choreographer of his own Ballroom Dance Program, Big Dance® and is a Crossfit Instructor.


Antonio Ribet

Skill Judge

About Antonio...

Antonio Maria Ribet lives in Rome, Italy, and has been a Lawyer since 1989.

He loves sport and has been a national representative in tennis, is a teacher of aqua-gym and a trainer of sports aerobics.

He has been a National FISAF judge since 1993, and an international FISAF judge from 1998. He has judged all criteria and likes to spend his free time working as a judge.

Antonio was a member of the FISAF International Technical Committee and has been integral in creating a ranking sheet for the judges.


Carolyn Maxwell-Mahon


About Carolyn...

Carolyn was born in Australia and has been living in France for the past 28 years. A full-time working architect, Carolyn is also passionate about aerobics and fitness. She practices fitness everyday doing classes of hi-lo and step as well as swimming and jogging.

After completing and passing the FISAF Fitness teaching certificate in 1997, Carolyn worked part-time as a fitness instructor and started participating in FISAF competitions.

From 1997-2002, Carolyn participated each year in fitness competitions both nationally and internationally in both fitness aerobics and step, which were wonderful experiences (and alot
of fun!). Her team won the step at the World Championship in 2001.

Carolyn has been on the Board of FISAF France since 2003 and started judging internationally in 2005.


Gemma Lowther
New Zealand


About Gemma...

Gemma has been involved in sport aerobics for 20 years.

She is the head of New Zealand Competive Aerobics Federation technical committee and is a national and international FISAF judge.

She has a background in Dance and Gymnastics and has has represented New Zealand in both Sport Aerobics and Fitness.

She is a secondary school Dance and PE teacher with a background in group fitness. She is currently living in Luxembourg.


Marianne Belpaire


About Marianne...

Marianne has been passionate about moving to music since childhood; different forms of dance, ballet, aerobics.

It was in line with her expectations to continue studying as a Master in Physical Education, followed by a Master in Physiotherapy and Motor Rehabilitation (University Ghent).

Marianne is a lecturer at the University College in Physical Education (Professional Bachelor degree) and at the University of Physical Education (Ghent).

She is a qualified instructor in group fitness, and gave Hi Lo classes for 12 years.

This year she can celebrate her jubilee; 20 years national and international experience in judging Sports Aerobics (FISAF) behind!


Deidre Bryant


About Deidre...

Deidre became involved in this great sport 21 years ago, in 1997, through her daughter`s involvement in club gymnastics, and sports aerobics at school. Today, together with her daughter Casey, manages a small but successful club on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.

She has been judging in Australia since 2002 (both FIG & FISAF) and over the past few years has progressed to judging FISAF at International level.

Deidre has also been a General member, Judging Co-ordinator and Chairman on various State Committees over the years - contributing to changes to Technical Regulations, compilation of newsletters and bulletins, chaired meetings, and liaised with national co-ordinating committees.

She is currently a member of FISAF Australia Advisory Panel.


Fitness, Aerobic & Step Panels

Irina Zinovyeva

Aerobic & Step Panel
Head Judge

Head Judge

About Irina...

Irina became involved in FISAF in 2002 as a Fitness Aerobic Team competitor and later in 2009 became a National Judge.

In 2011 Irina became a qualified FISAF international Fitness judge and has
judged regularly since then at FISAF European and World Championships and national country events.

She was an active member of the FISAF international Technical Committee until recently.

Irina lives in Moscow, Russian and her favourite quote is: “Never give up on your dream!”


Tine Ceusters

Aerobic & Step Panel


About Tine...

Tine started as a national judge in 1996 and became an international judge in 1998 for Sports Aerobics , later also for Fitness teams and Hip hop. She is an experienced judge who judged not only national championships but more than 50 international events of which 11 EFC and 22 WFC.

Tine has been an active member of the technical committee for several years and trained many national and international judges.

She is educated and still working in physical education and sports, sports management, event management and sport policy. She has a dance background in Jazz and Modern dance and was fitness instructor hi-lo and step.

Her slogan is ‘Work hard - Play hard’


Nikola Štastná
Czech Republic

Aerobic & Step Panel


About Nikola...

Nikola has engaged in aerobics for almost 20 years, first as an athlete and later as a coach and choreographer.

Nikola has been an aerobics judge for the last 10 years and helps consult and train new FISAF judges in the Czech Republic.

She has completed her university degree in economics and works as a project manager in the civil engineering and construction business. Today Nikola takes care of her two little children Viktoria (3) and David (1), and lives in a small city called Zlin in the Czech Republic.


John Pheeney

Aerobic & Step Panel


About John...

John has been involved in the Fitness Industry now for almost 30 years. He is a qualified Primary School Teacher and Aerobics Instructor. He has Judged with FISAF all around the world for over 20 years. He has also been a past aerobics competitor and coach.

His favourite quote is “You`re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting... so , get on your way!" (Dr Seuss).

John is currently living and teaching in Berlin, Germany.


Chris Schaefer

Aerobic & Step Panel


About Chris...

Chris is a Ballroom and Latin American Dancer, working for more than 40 years as a Coach, Choreographer and Judge. He also competed in Formation Teams nationally and internationally for more than 25 years.

Chris has even won 2nd place in the German Championship of Wheelchair Dancing with his partner who is disabled. He also competed as a FISAF mixed pair (1st place), as a Fitness Aerobic and Step team member.

Outside of dance and aerobics, he has been an Aerobic and Fitness Instructor and a coach and choreographer for Cheerleading Teams.

Chris started judging FISAF competition in 1996 and has judged all categories; Fitness Step and Aerobic, Sports Aerobics and Funk/Hip Hop. He has judged Fitness Teams for FISAF internationally since 2013.