Dzmitry (Dima) Kachan
Director/Head Tumbling Coach/ High Performance/ Club Program Coordinator/Teens & Adults
Dima began tumbling and trampoline at the age of 6 when he was scouted from a playground in his home town of Gomel in Belarus. He began attending one of the country’s best full time sport schools and by the age of 13 he had attained his ‘Master of Sport’ in Tumbling.
At 16 Dima chose to further his skills and joined the world renowned ‘Great Moscow Circus’. For the next 5 years Dima toured all over Russia and Europe performing in a variety of acrobatic numbers such as Russian Bar, Russian Swing and other Tumbling Troupes.
In Australia, Dima has been coaching Gymnastics and Tumbling since 2008. In 2009 he worked hard on his own training as well and became both State and National Champion in Senior Men’s International Tumbling (Level 10).
Now he chooses to focus on the training and progression of the athletes at KSTP. He is a full time coach and along with his squad dedicates up to 30 hours each week in the gym. Due to the results of his athletes he has been granted his Advanced coaching accreditation, which is the highest level for tumbling in Australia. He is the National Tumbling Coach and is a Level 2 Tumbling Judge. Dima’s goal at the club is not to only to produce tumbling champions at KSTP, but tumbling champions in Australia’s future. Dima strives to help the children find the best in themselves. He believes that once a child has reached their full potential they can become champions.
Director/Floor Manager/ Coach Coordinator/KinderGym Coordinator and Performance Director
Rebecca has been dancing since the age of 3 and is trained in all genres of dance. Her dancing lead to an interest in Rhythmic Gymnastics and so began her training in the sport at the age of 9. She was a State and National Representative in Rhythmic Gymnastics from the ages of 12-15.
Rebecca became a professional dancer in 2000 and began performing in various casinos, clubs and theatres across Australia. She then went to work on board Costa Cruise Liners and for 2 years toured the Baltic, Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas. She has also worked in some of the most famous venues in Europe and Asia, including 2 years as Dance Captain in the cabaret country of the world, France.
She loves teaching dance and performance skills to the children and to see how these skills can assist them in their training. Ballet, strength and flexibility are the key areas she focuses on as well as overall performance. Rebecca looks forward developing the performer within all the athletes at KSTP.
Rebecca has coaching experience in both WAG and Tumbling and works closely with Dima in the development of future athletes of the club. Rebecca also runs our Sporting Schools Program which focuses on teaching Gymnastics elements to children aged 4-13. As manager of the club she works closely with all families ensuring communication is open and all matters are dealt with professionally.
The Dima and Rebecca Kachan Story
Rebecca and Dima met in France in 2006. She was dancing in a show in Strasbourg and he was tumbling in a troupe with the Moscow Circus. When Dima’s act joined Bec’s show, sparks flew immediately! They worked together for the next 6 months and once breaking through the language barrier, they were inseparable. Pre arranged contracts and visa difficulties kept them apart for the most of the next year but once Bec had completed her contract in South Korea, she was on the first plane to Minsk to be reunited with her waiting fiance. They were married in Belarus in August 07 and intended to continue performing where ever they could find work together. They had always planned to one day move back to Australia to start their family so when a contract in Spain fell through, they felt that day had arrived. They landed in Sydney in April 08 and have been working together in Gymsports ever since. Since opening KSTP in 2009 their main focus is now on tumbling. They have four children Alexsa, Timofei and twins Ivan and Isaac who have been in the gym since they were babies. The gym is their second home and adds to the family atmosphere of the gym. Dima received his citizenship in 2013 and proudly calls Australia home.
Trampoline & DMT Program Coordinator/ Senior Trampoline Coach
Vanessa has been involved in Trampoline Sports since she was 6 years old. She competed for 10 years in trampoline, Double Mini Trampoline and Tumbling and represented NSW at 5 National Championships. Vanessa started coaching when she was 15 and currently holds her Advanced coaching accreditation for Trampoline and Intermediate Tumbling accreditation. She is an Intermediate Trampoline and Tumbling Judge and has judged for the club at both State and National level.
Pre Junior Development/ Levels Coordinator/ Senior Tumbling Coach
Kristy has been coaching with KSTP since the first day of operation back in 2009. She has a great way of working with the young children and over the years has seen many of the athletes grow up and develop in their skills and move into higher programs. Having 3 daughters who have all participated in tumbling in some cases to elite level she has a good understanding of the athletes go through and what is required to perform at their best. Kristy holds her Advanced Tumbling and Intermediate Trampoline coaching accreditation.
Kristy is the Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) at KSTP, this position is to provide information about members rights, responsibilities and options to making a complaint or raising a concern. Kristy can be contacted direct by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by approaching her at the gym.
Junior Development Tumbling Coach/KinderGym and Tiny Tumblers Coach/ Vacation Care and Holiday Program Coordinator
Georgie started tumbling and trampoline when she was 4 years old and continued her training throughout her teens. She competed at State and National level in both Tumbling and Acrobatics. Georgie is an Intermediate judge, holds her Advanced Tumbling and Intermediate Trampoline coaches accreditation. Georgie is a qualified KinderGym instructor and Sporting Schools Coach.
Junior Tumbling Development Squads
Shannon began tumbling at a young age and was one of KSTP’s original athletes. During her time as an elite tumbler she competed in various competitions including State, National and International. Now as a coach she is passing on her knowledge and experience to our younger and aspiring athletes. Shannon holds her Beginners Judging accreditation and has her Advanced Tumbling Coach Accreditation . As one of Dimas past elite tumblers she looks forward to developing our squads within the club.
Jack joined KSTP in 2010 as a accomplished competitor in both trampoline and tumbling, in 2012 Jack decided to concentrate solely on tumbling with Dima and has never looked back. Jack is currently part of KSTPs High Performance Squad and Gymnastics Australia National Squad. Jacks recent highest achievement was competing at the World Age Group Competition in Denmark where he placed 4th in the under 19s category. Jack holds his Intermediate Judges accreditation and has his Advanced Tumbling Coach Accreditation.
General Gymnastics/Tumbling Assistant
Zac has been an accomplished MAG athlete for most of his life until recently when he moved his focus to tumbling. Zac is now working with Dima as an athlete hoping to transition from MAG to Tumbling and begin competing again. His experience and dedication to his sport as an athlete has provided him with the knowledge and first hand skills to be able to relate to athletes through being a coach. He is in the process of gaining the relevant tumbling coaches accreditation while working under Dima as both athlete and coach.
Junior Tumbling Development
Brenda started gymnastics in South Africa where she was born when she was 8 years old. Not long after moving to Australia, she joined a gymnastics club where she continued to train and she worked her way up to level 8. Brenda has competed at both State and National level and has always remained interested in Gymnastics. She developed a passion for the sport of tumbling after her children joined KSTP. Brenda works as an assistant within our Tumbling programs and has a special ability in bringing out the athletes qualities.