Our Background

Katherine Everett and Emma Buxton decided to start Spiral Gymnastics Club after many years of experience within the sport. Both Katherine and Emma have a huge passion for gymnastics and have over 30 years coaching experience between them. Prior to becoming British Gymnastics qualified coaches they were both competitive gymnasts (both of which started their gymnastics careers at a club in Bretton!)

Katherine is an ex-Olympic gymnast and brings years of experience training and competing at international level. Having this experience first-hand is vital in understanding the processes of long-term athlete development and offering the support and understanding needed for competitive gymnastics. Katherine excelled on the Asymmetric bars and has a particular passion for coaching this piece of equipment.

Click below to see videos of Katherine taking part in the 1989 Young Gymnast of the Year

 

Emma is also an ex-gymnast but has also spent many years studying sport science and coaching theory, in particular sports biomechanics which is strongly related to the technical aspects of the sport. Having completed an Undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science and a Masters degree in Sports Biomechanics. Emma also has a PhD in Sports Biomechanics completed at the Gymnastics Performance Centre at Loughborough University. This is directly linked to gymnastics looking at vaulting mechanics, landing strategies and their relation to injury occurrence. Emma has provided biomechanics support and delivered coaching workshops.

Emma is also qualified as a British Gymnastics tutor and this allows her to deliver level 1 and 2 coaching courses within the Women’s Artistic discipline. Emma is also a Level 3 theory tutor for British Gymnastics.

Having worked at and managed several other clubs Katherine and Emma decided it was time to start on their own venture with a clear vision of what they believe a gymnastics club should be. With a strong background in both practical aspects and theory between them, they believe Spiral Gymnastics Club will offer a holistic approach to coaching.