All staff and volunteers at KSTP are required to make a firm and open commitment to child protection and adopt procedures and practices in accordance with the child protection legislation. Therefore, all staff have their current Working with Children Check, First Aid along with the appropriate level accreditation for the classes they teach.
The Dima and Rebecca Kachan Story
Dima and Rebecca met in France in 2006. Dima was tumbling in a troupe with the Moscow Circus while Rebecca was dancing in a show in Strasbourg. 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 fiancé. 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.
Dzmitry (Dima) Kachan
Owner, Director, Head Coach, High Performance Coach, Judge
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 & Tumbling Troupes.
Dima has been appointed the State and National Tumbling coach for the past five years. He has produced many World Age Champions and many more finalists. His passion for the sport has seen him develop the most sophisticated gym in Australia, his knowledge and expertise are regularly sought out by coaches throughout the world. Dima overseas all development programs and works closely in mentoring all our coaches.
Owner, Club Manager, Performance Diretor, Coach Coordinator
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. Rebecca became a professional dancer in 2000 and began performing 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.
Rebecca has bought her experience of dance into the programs, ballet provides great core strength and technique which is an integral part of the sport. The purpose of balle and strength is to create strong lines in athletes. Rebecca works closely with the individual coaches providing guidance and support to each of their roles within the gym.
Trampoline & DMT Coordinator, Coach
Vanessa has been involved in trampoline sports as an athlete from an early age, her love of the sport has seen her continue on in a coaching role. Vanessa has played an integral role in developing KSTPS’s growing reputation in double mini trampoline including a silver medalist at the 2017 World Age Competition and a Gold medalist in the 2018 World Age Competition.
Under 5’s Program Coordinator, Coach, Judge
Georgie has been involved in the sport of gymnastics since the age of 8. Starting in tumbling before moving on to the gymsport of acrobatics. Georgie’s focus is with our youngest members building strong foundations in our daytime classes and squads. Georgie enjoys evolving herself in this avenue of gymnastics and development providing a great start for our youngest little tumblers.
Coach, Elite Athlete, Judge
Shannon has been with KSTP as an athlete since the beginning, she continues to train and work towards her personal best both as an athlete and a full time coach. She enjoys giving back to the sport in which she’s been dedicated to since the age of 4. With tumbling her main focus, Shannon aspires to develop our competitive athletes and instil in them the same love for sport in which she has.
Coach, High Performance Athlete, Judge
Jack came to KSTP at the age of 12 as an accomplished all round athlete within trampoline sports. Soon after he chose to focus on tumbling. Once finishing school, he moved into the role of full time coach, completely immersing himself in all facets of the sport. Jack is a member of the National Squad and KSTP/Gymnastics NSW High Performance Team and continues to compete at an international level.
Coach, High Performance Tour Chaperone
Brenda’s background in artistic gymnastics led her to enrol her own children at KSTP from a young age. It was at this time her passion for the sport was reignited and she joined our team as a coach and is now our junior development specialist. Brenda’s role within the classes she works with is to prepare them for future skills and development within the sport.
Coach, High Performance Athlete, Judge
Blake’s career began in men’s artistic gymnastics, his coach quickly identified his strength and power and suggested he come to KSTP and try tumbling. He is a member of the National Squad and KSTP/Gymnastics NSW High Performance team. In 2018 Blake won the Silver Medal at the World Age Group Competition in Russia in the 17-21 tumbling category. Blake is currently studying Graphic Design at University while training and coaching part time.
Coach, High Performance Athlete, Judge
Ethan came to KSTP as an 8 year old who wanted to learn to do a backflip when he scored a try in football. He was quickly moved through the pathways and had to choose between football and tumbling, the rest is as they say history. Ethan is a member of the High Performance Team, he holds a silver and gold medal from World Age Group Competitions. Ethan is completing his final year in high school, while training and taking on coaching.
Caitlin started in artistic gymnastics from a young age before commencing at KSTP when she was 8. After taking a break in her own training, she realised she missed being in the gym environment and would come out to the gym with her mum, Brenda and help coach. Enjoying the coaching aspect of Gymnastics, Caitlin is working toward her intermediate accreditation expressing the desire to take on her own squad in the future.
Junior Coach, Athlete
Tahlia is an active member of our Open Age Squad where she trains four days a week working towards her goals and ambitions. She has represented KSTP at State Championships and National Clubs Championships. Helping at our school holiday programs sparked an interest in coaching. As a beginner coach working towards the next level Tahlia is juggling her training and coaching schedule alongside year 11 commitments and her interest in music and singing.
KSTP was Krystal’s first introduction to GymSports at the age of 8. She showed great potential and worked her way up from recreation to the Advanced program where she was a representative of our club at State and National Clubs Competitions. Krystal has recently decided to take a break from training to concentrate on year 12, however her love for the sport has seen her stay on as a junior coach now working towards her intermediate accreditation.
Junior Coach, Athlete
Emily represents KSTP at all levels of competitions. Her highest achievement was competing at World Age Competition in 2017. Having always done some type of gymnastics, Emily is now expanding her love for the sport to coaching. Assisting in holiday programs, Emily sat her beginner accreditation as soon as she could and is now working towards her intermediate certificate while training and completing year 11 at school.
Client Liaison, Accounts Officer
Vicky was one of the founding partners of KSTP, in fact the first classes were run out of her shed before we found a venue. Her children have all trained with KSTP, her youngest Breanah is an international representative within the High Performance squad. While no longer a partner Vicky continued in her role of accounts officer and working the front desk in the afternoons where she enjoys the club atmosphere and getting to know the families.
Client Liaison, Administration Officer
Tracey has been involved with KSTP since 2008 initially as a parent before bringing her administration experience to our team in 2013. Tracey’s son Ethan started in our recreation program working his way to the High Performance program and becoming World Age Champion at the age of 15. Tracey thrives in her role attending to the front desk during the day and assisting Rebecca and Dima with administration duties such as planning international club tours.
Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO)
As part of our affiliation with Gymnastics Australia, KSTP complies with our State/Territory Association and Gymnastics Australia’s Constitution, ensuring we have a trained and registered Member Protection Informaiton Officer (MPIO) available to assist club members. The MPIO’s role is to provide families with information about their rights, responsibilities and options in regard to making a complaint or raising a concern. Families are welcome to contact our MPIO at any time.
Paul Mamo is KSTP’s MPIO based on his experience in sport, he has been involved with the rugby league club Windsor Wolves as a coach and team manager for over 20 years. Paul is a parent of High Performance and World Age Champion athlete Molly who has been with KSTP since 2013. KSTP recognise Paul’s commitment to our club and appreciate he graciously agreed to taking on this volunteer role. Paul can be contacted by our members on 0425 313 296.