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Our Coaches

 Des Aspill - Owner / Head Coach

An ex-gymnast himself, Des has continued to be passionately involved in the sport of gymnastics. For the past twenty years he has worked on developing skills as a coach. His coaching experience ranges from baby to adult pupils, at various levels. Always enthusiastic to improve, he gained qualifications in women’s artistic gymnastics,pre-school, fun 4 baby and general gymnastics. He has taught at many of the cross fit gyms in London and is now working on Tekne Fitness in Ibiza

The Tekne approach to teaching is dynamic and encouraging. Through praise and clear communication classes achieve a high level of discipline and respect for the safety rules of the gym.

We lead the younger children with play songs and games. Des's warm ups are fun and engaging story led stretches and legendary with the under fives

After many years of progressive coaching Des enjoys a reputation for motivating pupils to achieve there personal best, which is the foundation of Tekne Gymnastics Ltd. Working closely with Talacre Gym and Camden Council, Tekne Gymnastics Ltd is responsible for organising several annual events, displays and inter school competitions, along with providing courses for schools.

 

 Susi Burnham - Club Secretary / Welfare Officer / Level 1 coach

Susi joined Tekne Gymnastics in 2010 as the Club Secretary and is the club's Welfare Officer. Susi has also passed her Level 1 coaches since joining Tekne Gymnastics.

 

 

 

 

  Club Manager / Head Coach - Katie Burn

Katie started her gymnastics career aged 3 years in pre-school classes and progressed to a county level gymnast before finishing her career competing for the University of London. Since 16 she has been coaching gymnastics both during school, after school and in squad settings alongside studying. Having graduated from University College London with a degree in psychology Katie now coaches alongside working as a research assistant at the Institute of Psychiatry.

 

 

 

 

  Head Coach - Gwilym Hoosan

Gwilym trained in London as Gymnast from the age of 7, becoming fascinated with the sport; he worked hard to become a member of both the British and Welsh National squad. When moving to Leeds for University he joined the university team where in 2008 we won the British University and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Cup. In 2007 he became Senior Welsh Champion and held this position for 2 years, within this time he earned the title of team captain and headed Wales through various international competitions including the North European championships. As a gymnast Gwilym achieved great success and in overcoming many fears and boundaries, it’s helped him to develop into a strong, confident, disciplined and independent individual. Achievements: Junior and Senior Welsh Champion, 2 times Celtic Cup winner 2004 & 2005, Top Ranking of 7th in Great Britain, Competed in Australia in the Youth Commonwealth Games finishing 18th

 Head Coach Keya Jafari

Enjoying the challenging and rewarding combination that initially allured him into competitive gymnastics, Keya first started coaching at the early age of 14. Being a young gymnast who’s experienced the challenges and frustrations that go hand in hand with the sport, he has found building rapport with gymnasts a seamless and essential process that is always incorporated into his coaching style, making the experience more enjoyable for all involved. Following his move to London to study Medicine at University College London (UCL), Keya has been coaching gymnasts of a range of abilities in London and competes for the University of London amongst his studies. His ultimate goal in coaching gymnastics, be it recreational or advanced, is to help gymnasts achieve their goal.

Coach Sally Miller

I previously trained and competed to a high/elite level in Womens Artistic Gymnastics, and in Sports Acrobatics and Tumbling.  I gained my first coaching qualification in 2001 and since then I have taught both recreational and competition level gymnasts.  I also have experience in judging at gymnastics competitions.

I believe in the three F’s during teaching – Fun, Fitness, Fundamentals.  I try to install these into my sessions and teach the gymnast to reach their full potential within gymnastics while they are having an enjoyable time.  I like to teach good solid basic skills to help the progression to more advanced skills.  I have gained experience at teaching various different levels of gymnastics from absolute beginner to development squad/pre-elite, and I have worked with a number of different club and senior club coaches, this has enabled me to learn a variety of effective coaching methods and techniques.

Gymnastics is a sport that I am passionate about both doing and teaching, and one that I am dedicated and committed to.  

Coach Robyn Irvine

Robyn has been coaching gymnastics since she retired from competing in 2010 and joined Tekne upon moving to London for university in 2013. She is currently in her third year studying History at UCL and has loved being able to continue coaching now that she is living away from home. Robyn began her competitive career in Artistic Gymnastics but moved into Aerobic Gymnastics at the age of nine, quickly progressing to National Squad level and competing in both World and European Championships as well as various other international meets across Europe and North America. She earned seven British titles as well as being part of the winning six-team at the ANAC Championships in Nevada, 2008. Since being at university she has competed Cheerleading and in 2014 her Level 3 team earned the Grand Champions title (best performance across all categories!) at the ICC National Championships. Robyn coaches because it enables her to stay involved with the gymnastics worldand share the sport that has given her so much with a new generation of talented gymnasts.

Coach Dario McCormick

I started gymnastics at the age of 7 in Ireland after a few British coaches spotted me doing cartwheels at a birthday party. I started off as an artistic gymnast and won a few nationals titles then changed fields and started power tumbling. I got on the national team when I was 13 and started training with the Irish, northern Irish and British teams. I won national titles in tumbling as well. At the age of 17 I left competitive gymnastics to further my career in dance and performance. I couldn't quit gymnastics completely so I decided to start coaching and have been doing so for the last 5 years.