The new generation of sports & talent management.
ABOUT GINNEN GROUP
The Founder and CEO, Zen Ginnen has been in the Entertainment, Talent & Sports management industry for over 15 years, working along side other major entertainment and management companies which then later started his own company at the age of 25 out of Auckland, New Zealand. Ginnen Group have grown to a larger scale becoming international since then and have delivered many successful projects & built several successful pathways for many of the clients throughout their roster . Also heavily focused on brands partnerships, endorsements & sponsorship deals. Ginnen Group are currently based in Melbourne, Australia and now managing a stand out roster of talent in the sporting and music world. Ginnen Group now have agents, advisors and scouts across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
GINNEN GROUP CLIENTS
Working with the best in the business..
Tyson Pedro is an Australian mixed martial artist who competes currently in the Light Heavyweight division in the UFC based in Sydney. Current pro record 8 Wins 3 Losses. Tyson Pedro was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, where he grew up surrounded around Martial Arts most of his life because of his father. Earlier he boxed professional at a young age with multiple titles. Now on a path to become UFC champion.
The father of three young children, played for his father’s homeland of Tonga in 10 Tests, including at the 2017 World Cup, was a NSW rep in 2013, 2015-16 and 17, while also representing Australia in seven Test matches. A member of the Sharks Premiership-winning side of 2016, scoring the winning try. Injury plagued his 2020 season but will be looking to bounce back to his best in 2021.
Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt is a New Zealand mixed martial artist legend and former kickboxing champion of Samoan descent, currently living in Sydney, Australia. Hunt competed Pride and in the Ultimate Fighting Championship until 2019, was also the winner of the 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix. Mark Hunt is commonly said to have the best chin in mixed martial arts (MMA) and kickboxing. Also he's known to be the Walk Away KO King and to be one of the Pioneers of combat sports for down under.
Tai “BamBam” Tuivasa, Age 27 is an Australian mixed martial arts fighter from Sydney West and currently competing in the Heavyweight division of the UFC. Current pro record 14 wins 3 losses and ranked 3 in the world. Tai also has a growing reputation for his first round TKOs with powerful punches and his solid jaw, knocking out most of his opponents within the first round.
Nelson Asofa-Solomona is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer who plays as a prop for the Melbourne Storm in the National Rugby League and New Zealand at international level. Asofa-Solomona won the 2017 NRL Grand Final and the 2020 Grand Final. He is now boxing also which we’ll be assisting him with his career of marketing and sponsors.
Ben "The Guvner" Edwards age 36 based out of Canberra is an Australian Heavyweight Kickboxer & Mixed Martial Arts fighter. Edwards was formerly a Super Heavyweight kickboxer and Heavyweight boxer. He is the current K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 in Canberra tournament champion. Recently fought MMA in PFL in the US.
Izayah Mauriohooho-Le’afa is a up rising star.
The St Patrick’s College, Kilbirnie old boy was a four-year starter at Sacramento State University in California, which played in the Division I Big Sky Conference. He finished his career in the school’s top-10 in a variety of statistical categories; second in starts (108/117), fourth in steals (149), sixth in three-pointers made (187) and eighth in assists (302). He also managed 941 career points, which ranks 20th all-time for the Hornets. He is now playing for South Melbourne Phoenix.
Currently plays Premiership Rugby on the wing for New Castle in the UK, he started his Pro career at an early Age 17 for the NZ Warriors & Then the NewCastle Knights in the NRL , also played for Tonga Rugby League National team, Before then switching to Rugby Union to play Super Rugby for Melbourne Rebels then made the Australian Wallabies before moving to pursue his career in the Japan and now currently in the UK.
JOHN WAYNE PARR
John Wayne "The Gunslinger" Parr, also known as JWP, is an Australian kickboxer and boxer, fighting out of Boonchu Gym in Gold Coast, Queensland. He is a former 10-time World Champion and was the runner up on The Contender Asia. Now currently signed with One Championship and soon to debut
Junior “The Juggernaut” Tafa is a New Zealand-born Australian professional heavyweight kickboxer and boxer who currently ranks in the top 10 in GLORY Kickboxing. Current pro record 23 wins 5 losses. At the age of 24 he had already accomplished so much within his career, Won several Australian titles. Now currently signed to UFC and competing in the Heavyweight division .
Aaron Blackie current fighting in PFL, also a lifelong martial artist with black belts in both Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Not only with credentials in those sports on national and oceanic levels, Aaron is an active featherweight mixed martial artist (8 wins and 2 losses) and currently holds the Aftershock Featherweight Championship belt. Aaron has a Bachelor of Health Science and a Certificate IV in Fitness. The Australian champion attributes his success from martial arts icon Dan Higgins and now passes on his knowledge to students at Broz Martial Arts.
Katelyn Vaha’akolo currently playing for New Castle Knights, played for Kiwi Ferns defeated Fetu Samoa at Mt Smart Stadium in November 2020.
A prominent social media influencer in the health and lifestyle sphere and also a talented netballer, Vaha’akolo was named on the flank to take on Samoa.
Carlos Pauli is a young promising rugby league player. He’s played Tweed Seagulls Mal Meninga Cup, Keebra Park State High School, Nerang Roosters, Vodafone Warriors (currently contracted)
Carlos is no stranger to hard work! 2022 being his 2nd season back on the field after spending 4 years competing as a junior boxer in Queensland His work ethic and focus, combined with his natural athleticism has him sitting on all of the attributes needed to achieve the goals he has set for himself & his family.
After topping off the 2021 season with the Upper Central Zone Stallions who were crowned NZ Open Mens National Champions , Caleb decided to make the move across the ditch in January 2022 to continue his Rugby League journey. Knowing that 2022 would be a year of learning new systems and adapting to how footy is played in QLD, Calebs application on and off the field has caught the attention of many, setting up some great options for him to consider for the 2023 season.
Jai Opetaia (born 1995) is a Samoan Australian 4th generation boxer, boxing is in his blood. Jai won the Light Heavyweight title at the 2011 Junior World Championships then qualified for the 2012 London Olympics as a Heavyweight at the age of 16, making him the youngest ever Australian Olympic boxer. Now, at age 27, Jai has had Twenty Two professional fights for Twenty Two impressive wins. Seventeen of those fights won by KO. He’a just getting started to take on the world!
Born in Auckland, New Zealand then grew up in Brisbane and represented Sunnybank. In 2018, he took part in an NFL International Combine on the Gold Coast. Feliuai first professional appearance came in the 2019 Global Rapid Rugby season when he represented Kafiga Samoa. In July 2019, he moved to Romania, signing for Baia Mare on a five-year deal, now just resigned a two year deal with Melbourne Rebels.
Carys has plenty of experience behind her. The Youth Olympics gold medallist(Rugby 7’s) possesses a solid understanding of the game beyond her years, 2022 saw Carys included in the Black Ferns wider squad, Played for Hurricanes 2022 and now currently playing for the Reds & made the 2023 Wallabies Squad.
Tavita has spent 2 years in the Hurricanes development system in New Zealand. A strong ball carrier who plays at either fullback or wing, with good footwork and speed to match, he sure keeps the opposition on notice when he is on the field. Combine this with his natural athleticism, work ethic and focus, Tavita has all of the ingredients to reach his goal of becoming a professional sportsman and we are genuinely excited to be supporting him on his journey.
With this goal in mind, Tavita has decided to step out of his comfort zone to take up an opportunity to join NRL club Sydney Roosters for their upcoming preseason which will commence early November 2022.
Bitner hails from the Magiagi village, He has represented Samoa internationally with the Samoa national under-20 rugby union team.
Rugby Career: In 2021 he was selected for the Samoa under-18 national rugby team. In 2022, he was a key player with the Junior Manu Samoa Squad that won the PacificAus 2022 Oceania Rugby U20 Trophy Championship that was held in Tonga. In 2023, he was drafted and became part of the Moana Pasifika U20 squad. He is currently with the ManuSamoa Squad currently playing at the ongoing World Pacific Challenge hosted by Samoa. Also been drafters for the Junior Manu Samoa squad for the upcoming World Rugby U20.Moana
Ali born in Auckland, NZ is currently based in Melbourne, signed with Melbourne Storm Jersey Flegg Squad, Age 21 with Promising future for the young explosive player at centre / fullback. His junior club is Waverley Oakleigh Panthers growing up and preferred position is Fullback.
Zitina Aokuso is quietly developing as one of Australia’s best bigs. She has a pretty impressive resume for a 23-year-old – she is a WNBL Champion (2017/18), WNBL Sixth Woman of the Year in 2020, and an Asia Cup bronze medalist with the Opals in 2021.
It’s an incredible story of resilience by Aokuso, who was touted as the ‘next big prospect’ in Australian women’s basketball after a video of her dunking at the age of 17 went viral.
Hailing from the West Coast of South Island NZ, Callum has earned a reputation for being a hard working utility player on the footy field. In early 2023 Callum was a standout performer for Southern Zone Rugby League in the National u/20s competition, then received an invitation to train with the Melbourne Storm u/21 squad came his way. With his development and progression in mind Callum has recently agreed terms with the Canterbury Bulldogs which will see him start preseason in early November with their u/21 squad as a contracted player for their 2024 season.
OUR SERVICES FOR OUR TALENT
The artists we work with and represent are all the best at what they do at the highest professional level. It’s our job to push and promote the music to the world, at the same time grow their brand and find every opportunity to help with their career as not only as a musician but as a business. Services we provide for our artist are the following: Assisting with the creativity, Studio time, Connecting writers & producers, Seeking the best record deals, distribution deals, publishing deals, Merchandising, Touring, Booking shows, Endorsements, Sponsors, Publicity, Media opportunities and more. Having work with some of the biggest musicians in the world over the past 15 years with touring we have a good sense of knowledge of the market which is now we are in music management & booking agency.
Over recent years we have focused building our sports management roster with majority of Combat Athletes in MMA, Kickboxing, Boxing, Rugby, Basketball plus more. We’re also dealing with the largest Organisations in the world, Our aim is to represent our clients to best we can and seeking opportunities, negotiating contracts, developing their brands, social platforms and media opportunities. We also constantly focus on building our clients welfare and business opportunities such as Sponsorship, Brand Partnerships, Appearances, Speaking events, Merchandising, Seminars, Brand Ambassador roles, Endorsements, Book deals, Gaming opportunities, Movie/TV roles, Documentaries, Podcasting, Record deals, Fashion / Modelling opportunities, Paid Social content and more.
THE NEW GENERATION...
CEO & Founder of Ginnen Group, Zen Ginnen Featured on ESPN panel to speak on the new generation of sports management along side other leading sporting industry professionals