South Windsor's Kachan School of Tumbling and Performance had a huge 2019

The Kachan School of Tumbling and Performance had a brilliant 2019, achieving big results at an international level.

The gym is located at the Windsor District Baptist Church in South Windsor and celebrated it's 10 year anniversary this year.

High performers: Dzmitry Kachan, Jack Hemmings, Blake Grainger, Ethan McGuinness and Cheyanna Robinson were in the senior team. Picture: Supplied.

High performers: Dzmitry Kachan, Jack Hemmings, Blake Grainger, Ethan McGuinness and Cheyanna Robinson were in the senior team. Picture: Supplied.

Run by the head coach Dima Kachan and his wife Rebecca, the gym has been thrust into the international scene in recent years, especially as their young competitors continue to improve.

Kachan is a Gymnastics NSW High Performance Centre and its students have attended various international competitions.

Australia's first World Cup tumbling medal came in the form a bronze awarded to Kachan's Blake Grainger this past October in Spain.

The performance at the World Cup was very important for the gym as it gave them an idea where they were at before heading to the World Championships in Tokyo at the end of November.

"We were working towards Tokyo all year long," said Rebecca. "Tumbling isn't in the Olympics so the World Championships is it."

"To win the bronze was huge for not only the team but for everyone back at the gym ... all the juniors seeing Blake return with the bronze was really great and they loved it."

The high performance team had a great outing at Tokyo. Seven juniors, who competed in their age categories, and three seniors, who competed in opens, came from the Kachan gym to compete as part of the high performance team.

The three seniors were Blake, Jack Hemmings and Ethan McGuiness. They qualified for the team final, which Australia had never achieved before.

Unfortunately, the team were tied with USA and on a count-back were just knocked back to fourth position. "The boys were really excited about that ... they were working towards it for so long," said Rebecca. "We are all so proud of them."

The gym saw another big group of winners in the 13/14 year girls tumbling as four of the top five competitors were from Kachan gym.

Breanah Cauchi won bronze in the 13/14 year girls tumbling and Koralee Catlett took out first place in the tumbling as well as the double mini trampoline, becoming the Dual World Champion.

"The degree of difficulty really helped Koralee ... she took a risk and it paid off," said Rebecca.

"We have been slowly building in the community. I think now were are solid in community and solid in the church.

"People come from all over wanting to train at the gym and see what we do to achieve as well as we do.

"It isn't a traditional gym in the eyes of most, but we are proud of the achievements and all of our athletes."

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