About Us

Founders Corban Baxter and Kiana Takairangi are best friends with a mutual love for sport and coaching who have come together to create CK Athletic Development. Combining their experience and knowledge they aim to help inspire, guide and support their athletes in reaching their goals, whilst also continuing their own journeys as professional athletes.

Corban Baxter

Corban was born in New Zealand and is of Maori heritage. She moved to Australia with her family at the age of 3 and was brought up in the Sutherland Shire. Being the only girl to 4 brothers who all loved Rugby League/Union, Corban was destined to become involved in the sport too. She grew up playing many different sports including Netball, Touch Football, Oztag, Athletics & American Football but after having her son Carter she discovered and fell in love with Women’s Rugby League. Corban has since represented many teams throughout her playing career, a few highlights being becoming the World Cup Champions with the Australian Jillaroos in 2017 and captaining the Sydney Roosters NRLW team to its first ever Premiership in the 2021 season. 

With a passion for all things health and fitness, Corban studied to become a fitness trainer which lead her down her coaching path to become a Speed, Agility and Rugby League coach. Whilst becoming involved in local NRL programs, Corban realised the need for more specific coaching and programs for young girls who wished to play and learn about Rugby League. This ignited her passion in coaching and mentoring young girls and boys who have ambitions to learn and improve their footy skills and overall athletic ability. 

Representative Honours

Australian Jillaroos, NSW Blues, Maori Allstars, Sydney Roosters (NRLW), Cronulla Sharks (HNWP) 

Education

NRL Club Coach, Athletics Australia Level 1 Community Athletics Coach, Rugby League Community Coach 16-18’s Accreditation, Club Coach Accreditation, Certificate III in Fitness 

Coaching Experience

Current Sydney Roosters NRLW (Assistant Coach), Endeavour Sports High School Female Rugby League/Union Talented Sports Program (Head Coach), Cronulla Sharks U17 Lisa Fiaola (Co-Head Coach). Sydney Roosters NRL – Assistant Speed Coach 2021. Corban also shadowed and learnt from Sydney Roosters NRL head coach, Trent Robinson throughout the 2021 season. 

Kiana Takairangi

Kiana Takairangi

 Kiana was born and raised in Sydney Australia to Cook Island and Maori parents. She was surrounded by Rugby League from an early age with lots of childhood memories made around supporting older brother Brad and father Louis playing for local club Cronulla Caringbah. Her own passion for sport came through 11 years of field Hockey, Oztag, Touch Football, Athletics and any sport available to get out of the classroom at School. 

After High School, Kiana began a career in Personal Training before moving to the United States for a 3 year stint of Stewardessing and Personal Training on Super Yachts, and two seasons of American Football in Los Angeles. 

Upon return she kickstarted her Rugby League career playing in the 2017 World Cup, followed by study to pursue a career in Athletics coaching. 5 years later, she continues to develop as both an athlete and coach, and has evolved finding passion within Rugby League skills development. Kiana is grateful to be able to do what she loves through coaching which has seen her help people of all ages and levels from children, to Masters, to professional NRL, AFL, Rugby Union and College Baseball/Softball athletes. 

Representative Honours

New Zealand Kiwi Ferns, Cook Islands Moana, NZ Maori All Stars, NSW City, Sydney Roosters NRLW and Newcastle Knights NRLW 

Education

Cert III & IV in Fitness, Athletics Australia Level 1 Community Athletics Coach, ALTIS Accredited Foundation Coach, Rugby League Community Coach 16-18’s

Meet Our Coaches

Chase Stanley

Chase Stanley

Name: Chase Stanley
Age: 33
Favourite Movie: Remember the Titans
Favourite NRL Team: Canterbury Bulldogs
Favourite NRL Player: Matt Moylan
Favourite NRLW Player:
Elsie Albert
Favourite Pre Game/Competition Meal: Steak and pasta
Favourite Pump up Song: It’s Going Down, Young Joc
Favourite Quote: Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard

Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter

Name: Matt Baxter
Age: 34
Favourite Movie: Gladiator Favourite
NRL Team: Cronulla Sharks
Favourite NRL Player: Andrew Ettingshausen
Favourite NRLW Player: Corban Baxter
Favourite Pre Game/Competition Meal: Sushi
Favourite Pump up Song: Sweet Disposition, The Temper Trap / Right here, Right now, Fatboy Slim
Favourite Quote: People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

Cara Stanley

Cara Stanley

Name: Cara Berry
Age: 32
Favourite Movie: Bring it on ?
Favourite NRL Team: Cronulla Sharks
Favourite NRL Player: Matt Moylan / Tyson Frizell
Favourite NRLW Player: Kiana Takairangi
Favourite Pre Game/Competition Meal: Protein Porridge and banana
Favourite Pump up Song: Pump it up
Favourite Quote: There’s no way around hard work so embrace it 

Our CK Values

Good Vibes Only

Good Vibes Only

Maintaining a positive attitude & bringing good energy to all that you do

Champions Do More

Champions Do More

Working hard & being willing to do more than what is asked of you.

You are your only limit

You are your only limit

Having confidence and belief in yourself to embrace challenges as an opportunity for growth

CK Values - Respect

Respect

Commitment to the program, discipline to be on time & in uniform and being respectful to coaches and peers

What Our Clients Say

My girls started with CK Athletic Development at a school holiday footy clinic. They loved the clinic and wanted more. We were so happy to know they were then launching a weekly speed & agility program. My 3 daughters now all love training with CK Athletic and feel so lucky to have Corban and Kiana teaching our girls.
– Kelly

An awesome atmosphere which breeds confidence and a greater skill set. I have seen my children start the footy season shy and reserved and after their CK sessions grow into more confident and more skilled players with a great love for the game
– Anjuli