June Walden – Chairman
June’s team from Newbridge Prep competed at the first Championships in 1979. The same year she started the Wulfrun Gym Club, coaching both girls and boys. She moved to teach at Daneshill School, starting both the Mid-Southerns and The Trinity competitions, and latterly taught at Castle House School, where she founded the ISA National Gym Championships and co-founded MISGA. June was the first Technical Director of GISGA 1994 – 2014 and has been Chairman since 2014, and is also the Archivist. After 45 years in a tracksuit June retired from teaching PE in 2015. Her passion remains encouraging and helping teachers start out in competitive gymnastics.
Verity Boulger – Vice Chairman and Judges’ Convenor
Verity first became involved in 1984 as a coach at St Christopher’s School, Burnham-on-Sea. Her teams competed until her retirement in 1996. After this she begun to judge and between 1995 and 2014 was Trophy Secretary. In 2014 she became Vice-Chair and in 2016 took over the role of Judging Convenor. Alongside her work with ISGA Verity is very involved in the British Schools Gymnastics Association. A member of their Executive Committee for over 25 years, firstly for over 20 years as Trophy Secretary and in more recent years as the England Representative.
Linda North – Competition Secretary
Linda became General Secretary in 1999 and helped to organise GISGA’s annual event, the 5 Piece national championships. Since then the number of competitions has quadrupled and the Association (now ISGA) has become co-ed. Linda relinquished her role as General Secretary in 2018 to concentrate solely on organising the four major championships now on offer, working closely alongside host school organisers. She currently teaches at St. Faith’s School, Cambridge, having previously worked at St. Mary’s, Hampstead and The British School of Brussels. She was at Farrington’s and Stratford House School when she joined the Association in 1994. Linda is also the IAPS Gymnastics Representative, and a qualified judge. She loves helping, advising and encouraging new schools as well as those already established.
Suzanne Rimini – Administrator – General Secretary and Treasurer
Suzanne has been running the gymnastics squads at St Mary’s School, Hampstead since 2011. She was elected to the Technical Committee in 2015 assisting both the Technical Director and Judges’ Convenor. In 2017 she became Assistant General Secretary. She took over in 2018 as Administrator combining the two demanding roles of General Secretary and Treasurer. Suzanne is a qualified gymnastics coach and judge and acts as Judges’ Convenor for the IAPS national gymnastics championships.
Marion Charafeddine – Technical Director
Marion was first a parent of two gymnasts, then became a judge and a coach. She was elected to the committee in 1999 and has served as Judges’ Convenor and since 2015 as Technical Director. She has comprehensively re-designed the rules of the Girls’ Premier 5 Piece competition and since 2014 has written the rules for the girls’ and boys’ 2 Piece and 4 Piece championships in conjunction with the committee. All rules are revised on a four year cycle. Marion was instrumental in putting a team together to initiate the first Judges’ Training Course in 2018 to enable senior gymnasts, teachers and coaches to become qualified ISGA judges. Marion continues to coach at three local ISGA schools. She founded and runs the very successful Gymnastics Academy at The Royal Masonic School, Herts.
Helen Le Page – Trophies’ Secretary
Former gymnast and then teacher/coach at Port Regis School, Highfields School and now Guildford High School. Helen became the Trophy Secretary for the 5 and 2 Piece competitions in 2014 and is always on the lookout for individuals, families and schools to donate trophies. She also co-hosts I.S.G.A. and IAPS competitions with Head of Gym, Tara Oxley.
Trudy Smith – Committee Member & Media
Formerly a gymnast at Stamford Junior School under Libby Craig and now a classroom teacher there. Trudy has been involved in our championships most of her life. She is now a successful coach, has organised and hosted numerous competitions, is a co-founder of MISGA and is currently in charge of the I.S.G.A. Twitter a/c and videos. Her mother, Glenda Exton, is our former scorer. Trudy’s daughter Lottie has been an individual GISGA and IAPS champion and has been selected for the England squad.
Emily Burman – Development Officer
Emily has been a classroom teacher at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Girls School, Elstree and is a highly respected gymnastics High Performance Coach and a Judge. Since 2000 her girls have quietly made their way to the fore taking a number of I.S.G.A. titles. In 2002 she founded and now runs the EJB Gymnastics Club for girls and boys. She has served on the Committee since 2014 and hosted a number of our competitions. As Development Officer Emily has held annual workshops for teachers and coaches and is also a member of the team which promotes Judges’ training days. During the pandemic in March 2020 Emily has moved to giving interactive coaching and judging courses on-line.
Jo Cox – Committee Member
Jo was a member of the British National Woman’s Artistic Gymnastics Squad. She trained at Cray Valley GC, Orpington, and Ladywell GC, in Lewisham. Jo has been coaching for 32 years she formerly worked at Holmewood House School, and has been at Kent College, Pembury since 2008. She is also a qualified judge and a mum of two girls.
Claire Pocock – Principal Scorer
Former parent and now the Principal Scorer at the majority of our competitions. Claire is the author of our computer scoring programme and happy to instruct people wishing to purchase it. Claire was also Manager of the new I.S.G.A. website and the Committee Minutes Secretary. Claire’s daughter, Nicola, a former ISGA gymnast, is now one of our judges.