COACHING STAFF

Samantha Lomax

Head Coach

Although Sam did partake in lots of gymnastics when she was younger her chosen sport was as a trampolinist and a swimmer. She discovered a real love for gym when after having three boys that climbed up door frames and taught themselves to backflip from the sofa, she signed them up at the local gymnastics centre.

She started to help out in classes, and within a couple of years took exams to become a fully qualified coach and then after further training became the Head of the Pre School unit.

Having spent 7 years coaching, Sam wanted all children within schools to have the opportunity to partake in gym classes learning skills they would learn if they were in a gymnastics centre. She truly believes that every child deserves the best so she set up ‘the little gymnastics company’ – a mobile gymnastics club that brings quality accessible lessons into schools.

Sam and her team now teach breakfast, lunchtime and after school clubs in 18 local schools and she also teaches gymnastics in curriculum PE lessons backed by the recent government sports funding.

Sam believes one of her biggest strengths as a coach is having children that are gymnasts. She understands the frustrations and upsets that sometimes come a gymnasts way, and being the Mum of Freddie, our local GB tumbler and two other boys that have been high level gymnasts, she can understand and empathise with the amount of time, money and dedication the sport sometimes demands.

Sam is obviously really proud of all that her three boys have achieved as gymnasts, but is just as proud of the children that she teaches.

COACHES

Kim Johnson

ACRO / Pre-School Coach

Kimbo has been a gymnastics coach for over 15 years having retired as a gymnast at the age of 15. She has competed in both Women’s Artistic gymnastics and Sports Acrobatics, winning the title of London Regional champion in both a women’s pair and a women’s trio. She has travelled the country and performed as a member of the elite ‘Sharks’ display team and her strength for choreographing displays and routines will be a huge asset at Allegro. As a mum of two small children Kim brings a certain kindness to the children she teaches and we are so delighted she’ll be heading up a Pre school unit for us as teaching the babies and stars of our future is Kim’s absolute passion.

Anna Lavelle

Women’s Artistic Coach

Anna is an ex gymnast that has brought so much to the club and the squad over the past year. She competed in many competitions when she was younger as a Women’s Artistic gymnast having been a gymnast at a local club for many years. She is a qualified Women’s Artistic coach and has shown a great deal of responsibility and commitment to both the squad and the recreational gymnasts at our club. She is a highly regarded member of the team and we love having her on board. Anna is hoping to become a fire fighter having completed her A levels before the Summer but she will still continue to coach on a part time basis.

Oliver Lomax

GG Coach

Oliver really enjoys teaching all ages of children at Allegro. An ex gymnast himself, he brings a natural leadership and ability to Allegro, constantly thinking up ways to help gymnasts achieve having huge technical knowledge of all of the skills the children are learning. Ollie competed in Men’s Artistic gymnastics from the age of 5 until 11 years old where he reached the National finals and represented London. In 2011 he transferred into Sports Acro and at the age of 11 and went on to become the 2012 National Champion as part of a ‘Men’s Four’. Having achieved that fantastic title he retired from competing to concentrate on his GCSE’s and then A levels. Ollie, a fully qualified coach loves to teach the boys some cool tumbles and tricks and the children adore him.

Mark Gorringe

Senior Coach

Mark is a new member of the team and we’re so pleased to have him on board. The proud Dad to two boys Mark has been the Head Coach at two previous clubs but took a step back to spend precious time with his boys. Mark is qualified in many disciplines – General Gymnastics, Pre School, Sports Acro, Men’s Artistic and Disability Gymnastics and has been coaching for 25 years. As a gymnast himself he has traveled the world as part of a well known display team and competed in the Great Britain Team Gym Squad in Portugal coming 4th. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience and we feel privileged he’s bringing that to Allegro

Alicia Garrett

WA Coach

Alicia competed as a gymnast at Elite level from the age of 7 to 15. She competed at many competitions reaching up to regional level with the particular achievements of highest score on bars and placing 2nd overall, as well as being awarded the Jack Petchy award for gymnastics. Alicia has represented Great Britain at the well known ‘Gymstrada’ event in Switzerland and has loved being part of her gymnastics display team. She qualified as a level 1 Women’s Artistic coach last year and is currently studying Biology, Psychology and PE at A level with hopes to study physiotherapy at University. We are thrilled to have her on the team at Allegro, she has a love for all things gymnastics and with her knowledge of display and Artistic gymnasts she is a huge asset.

Grace Logan

Women’s Artistic Coack

Grace has taken part in gymnastics for many years in both a squad and recreational capacity. She has a natural ability with the gymnasts and whilst working in our recreational classes she showed a real flair with our Women’s Artistic squad so was offered the opportunity to work with them during their Thursday sessions. She also managed to squeeze in her WA coaching course alongside her GCSE’s which she completed in July. Now studying for her A levels, Grace has a little more time to take on some more coaching and is going to take on a few sessions within our recreational programme and will become one of our Monday evening Allegro Advanced coaches. We wish her luck with her new role and are all really pleased to have her on the team again.

Josie Rees

Acro Coach

Josie has recently joined the team having been working as a full time teacher and then having two little gymnasts of her own! An ex WA gymnast Josie achieved the title of South East champion for five years running and then transferred to Acrobatic Gymnasts and achieved National champion status. She also performed as part of the prestigious Jets display team and represented Great Britain in three Gymnastrada events. Josie put all of her experience into coaching and was in charge of a mini Acro squad for many years and achieved huge success.

Freddie Lomax

Junior Coach

Freddie is still a gymnast himself but having suffered a series of injuries has been spending some time with our gymnasts to ease the frustration of not being able to train himself! Freddie has been chosen to be in the Great Britain tumbling squad every year since the age of 8 and the gymnasts and local children adore him. He has competed for 6 years at the highest level in gymnastics and has won a bronze and a gold medal for his country. We love all that he brings to Allegro and feel privileged that the children get to be taught by him.

Max Lomax

Assistant Coach

Max is an ex gymnast who competed at FIG at the British Finals in his chosen discipline of Tumbling. After an unfortunate break to his elbow Max then returned to gymnastics and moved into a Men’s Artistic squad before retiring from gym to concentrate on his GCSE’s. He has completed his first coaching qualification and although loves all aspects of gym and brings an element of fun to all of the classes he is in. He has a passion for teaching boys and squad gymnastics so we’re really pleased to have him back on board while he studies for his A levels.

Ella Richmond

Coach

Ella has been a Women’s Artistic gymnast for the past 8 years at Elite level, has competed at many competitions and was also awarded the Jack Petchy award for gymnastics which is a brilliant achievement. Ella now loves teaching gymnasts, passing all of her knowledge onto our younger gymnasts but especially enjoys developing the potential in younger recreational gymnasts. Ella loves to find new and innovative ways to teach these young gymnasts and consequently has been selected as one of our new AA (Allegro Advanced) coaches. She is a super, important member of our team and she is looking forward to taking on more classes and teaching different ages.

Olivia Hazzard

Junior Coach

Livvy has most definitely proved herself as a great young leader and coach. A qualified ASC coach now about to complete her level 1 has become a permanent member of the Monday night recreational team. Livvy thoroughly enjoys teaching the Core Proficiency programme within classes and gets a great deal of satisfaction from seeing the gymnasts gain their Core Proficiency badges through her efforts. Nothing is ever too much trouble for Livs, always smiling, always fun, she works really hard and puts that extra something into the classes, we love having her in the gym and so do the gymnasts!

Rachael Caney

Junior Coach

Rachel has recently completed her first coaching qualification and is now teaching in most of our classes. Rachael says her favourite part of teaching is seeing the children achieve the things that she herself has taught them. One of Rachael’s main strengths is her versatility, she loves her Saturday morning Pre Schoolers but also loves the older gymnasts she teaches during the week.

Grace Dalton

Coach

Grace is an ex cheerleader who progressed into gymnastics via her love of tumbling skills and teamwork. She helps to coach our advanced girl groups and is hoping to increase her sessions whilst studying for her exams. Grace is a lovely, gentle coach and the gymnasts adore her.

Natasha Flin

Junior Coach

Tash brings tons of life and soul to Allegro! An ex Women’s Artistic gymnasts she is an absolute bundle of enthusiasm and energy and the older gymnasts often ask to be taught by her. Tash also teaches in all of our Pre School classes and has a natural gentle ability with our little gymnasts, she’s a huge asset to the club.

Richard Carter

General Gymnastics Coach

Rich is an ex Acro gymnast that achieved a Regional Champion title and also represented Great Britain at the Eurogym Festival in Germany. Rich is currently running our boys groups with Max and our Allegro boys are absolutely loving it! Rich is also a prison officer by day so if often used to keep our naughty children in order!

Harry Patel

Harry is a bundle of never ending energy that we knew we had to bring into the coaching side of the gym! Harry loves gymnastics himself and has always been part of the boys gymnastics group at school, his knowledge and experience within gymnastics is now going to be channelled into his first coaching qualification and we’re over the moon to have him teaching in our recreational classes.

Megan Hove

Megan is a keen gymnast and dancer who is about to complete her first coaching qualification. Her lovely gentle nature brings that something special to the classes and our quieter, younger gymnasts. We’re hoping Megan will be able to come and teach in some of our new Pre school classes too as we know she will be a huge asset.

VOLUNTEERS

We are very lucky to have a great team of people that support us and the club, if you would like to come on board and help we would love to hear from you.
Drop us an email at AllegroGC@yahoo.com