Paul Manera

Paul ManeraPaul was born and raised in Australia.  He has competed in Rugby Union, Rugby League, Basketball, Cricket, Athletics and Gridiron.  In 1987 Paul received a Gridiron Scholarship to Itawamba Community College in Mississippi USA, where he earned an Honourable Mention All-State for Mississippi Junior Colleges. In 1989, he was awarded with a Full Scholarship to play Gridiron at the University of Hawaii where he was a 3 year Letterman and was selected as an Academic All Conference Player in 1991.

Paul’s coaching career began in 1992,  where he served as a Student Assistant Coach, Coaching Gridiron at the University Of Hawaii.  In May of 1992 Paul graduated from the University Of Hawaii with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration majoring in Finance.  Paul returned home to Australia in 1992 and continued to Coach Gridiron and also worked as a part time lecturer at the Australian College of Physical Education teaching the basics of Gridiron to undergraduate PE Teachers.

Paul established the Australian Gridiron Coaches Association (AGCA) in 1994 where he served as the President until 2007. He was also instrumental is setting up the AGCA National Coaching Accreditation Program for Gridiron Coaches around Australia which gained recognition into the Australian Sports Commission – National Coaching Accreditation Scheme in 2003.

He was an Assistant Coach on The Australian Cyclones National Gridiron Team which competed at the 1st ever World Cup of American Football in Palermo Sicily in 1999, in the same year he coached professionally as the Offensive Line coach for the Recruit Seagulls in Tokyo, Japan.

During the year 2000 Paul returned to Australia and became the Head Coach of the NSW Wolfpack State Team which were runners up at the Gridiron Australia National Championships.  2001 – Paul became the Head Coach of the Australian Outback National Gridiron Team which beat New Zealand.  In 2003 he continued as the NSW Wolfpack Head coach and Wolfpack won their first Gridiron Australia National Championship. Paul was also inducted into the Gridiron NSW Hall of fame for his achievements as a coach.  2005 – Paul continued on as the NSW Head Coach and the NSW Wolfpack were once again Victorious in winning their 2nd National Championship and Paul was also selected to as the Head Coach of the Australian National Team which played against New Zealand and also competed in the World games against Germany and France.

In 2006, Paul was selected to be on the Technical Committee for the International Federation for American Football (IFAF) where he currently still serves providing advice and assists in developmental programs for coaches and players.  In 2007, he was the Head Coach of the Australian National Team which played against Korea in a World Cup Qualification game.

During 2007 Paul and his Wife, Elissa, established Bring it on Sports. In 2011 he was selected to be the Offensive Coordinator of the  IFAF world under 19’s team which narrowly lost to the USA 21-14.  In 2012, Paul served as the Offensive Line coach on the World Under 19’s Team which beat the USA 35 to 19 in a historical victory.  In 2015 he was the Offensive Co-Ordinator and Offensive Line Coach for the Australian Outback National Gridiron Team who competed in the 2015 IFAF World Championships in Canton, Ohio.


Elissa Manera

Elissa ManeraElissa has experience in the Corporate, Fitness and Performing Arts arenas.  She has over 12 years Corporate and IT experience working in System Management, Administration, Engineering, Account Management and Technical Sales with Hewlett-Packard (Australia).

Elissa also holds qualifications in Dance, Drama, Fitness, Cheerleading and Koga Fitness.  In 1995 she completed her Licentiate Senior Teacher Examination with the Society for Education in Dance and Theatre Arts Incorporated (EDTA Inc) and in 2000, she was awarded the position of Examiner with that Association.  Also during 2000, she obtained her Personal Trainers Diploma.  In 2009 she qualified as a Level 1 Cheerleading Coach and in 2008 Elissa completed the ASC General Principals of Coaching.  In 2012, she completed her Koga Fitness Instructors Certificate and in 2013 completed the IATA Fares and Ticketing Diploma.

In 1996, Elissa founded the Blakehurst Academy of Dance and Drama (now known as Blakehurst Academy of Performing Arts) and was the Principal and Artistic Director of the Academy until mid-2007. Over the years she participated in many performances and recitals and had lead roles in several pantomimes.  Elissa was a volunteer for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, participating in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

During 2007, after the sale of her successful Dance Academy, Elissa and her husband, Paul Manera, established Bring it on Sports where she currently manages the IT, Marketing Departments and Sports Travel Departments.

In 2015, Elissa was the Tour Organiser, Team Manager and CDM for the Australian Outback National Gridiron Team who competed in the 2015 IFAF World Championships in Canton, Ohio.