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Yuriy Zhovtyuk
Founder & Director

Yuriy is a former gymnast and Ukrainian Junior Team Member, having competed for over 15 years. Yuriy performed for Zippo’s Circus before embarking on his coaching career in the UK, amassing almost 20 years of experience as a coach and club manager. Frustrated by the lack of suitable handguards for younger gymnasts, he founded Gymnastic Planet 
to expand and improve the training tools available for all ages and abilities. Yuriy also has specialist experience in gymnastics equipment and club design, and now dedicates himself to Gymnastic Planet full-time.

Lauren Lethbridge
Head of Marketing.

Lauren took up artistic gymnastics at a young age, with Gymnastic Planet director Yuriy as one of her coaches. In 2008 Lauren transitioned to the Disability Gymnastics pathway, within which she became a member of the Disability National Squad, attended international training camps, and became British Champion multiple times. Lauren also holds coaching and judging qualifications for women’s artistic gymnastics and enjoys sharing her insights and tips with new generations of gymnasts via the Gymnastic Planet social media channels.

Olga Daneliuk
Customer Service Rep.

Olga was always interested in gymnastics as a child and aspired to become a gymnast. Unfortunately, a lack of local training facilities 
hampered Olga’s goals, but she was finally able to become immersed in the sport when she joined Gymnastic Planet as an apprentice in 2022. Olga has since gained extensive gymnastics knowledge and is always 
happy to advise gymnasts and parents on the products best suited to help them achieve their gym goals. She may yet fulfill her ambitions within adult gymnastics...

Andrey Pozdnyakov
Equipment Engineer

Andrey is a former gymnast and winner of the Soviet Union Master of Sport award. Andrey holds a degree in Sports Coaching and is a Level 5 MAG coach. He has years of coaching and club management experience in both the UK and Russia. Andrey joined Gymnastic Planet to help gym clubs better operate using safe equipment and optimal facilities. When  performing equipment installation and servicing in gym clubs around the UK, he and Yuriy are sometimes tempted to test the equipment 

Roman and Oksana Stefanyuk
Product Development

Husband-and-wife team Roman and Oksana are both former gymnasts with years of experience in gymnastics and circus performance. They have over 40 years of combined experience. With many years of  gymnastics coaching experience in both Ukraine and the UK, Roman now  applies his extensive skills of designing, producing and repairing gymnastics equipment, helping ensure that Gymnastic Planet products are always of the best quality. Oksana is also an accomplished seamstress and applies her skill and attention to detail to gymnastic Planet products.

Cookie Zhovtyuk
CHO (Chief Happiness Officer)

Cookie plays a vital role in creating a pawsitive and uplifting work environment. Her responsibilities go beyond the ordinary—she’s here to enhance well-being, boost team spirit, and keep tails wagging! Cookie keeps an eye out for squirrels, delivery people, and office intruders. Her keen senses enhance office security. When deadlines loom or tensions rise, Cookie offers cuddles and companionship. Cookie attends important meetings.
Her feedback is nonverbal but always positive.




“Yuriy and his team at Gymnastic Planet were fantastic from start to finish

during our new gym installation at Carousel Gymnastics, they kept us informed

and up to date every step of the way, and all the work was finished to a very

high standard. Would definitely recommend to anyone !!

A big Thankyou to Yuriy and his team !!"

- Debbie Morgan - Carousel School of Gymnastics

Carousel gymnastics club instalation by Gymnastic Planet

“Absolutely outstanding service. Ordered and within 45 minutes

I had a dispatch note and my parcel was delivered a day early!

- Catherine Jefferies

“Since the start of my gymnastics career, Gymnastic Planet has helped me

with getting new guards and equipment for my training.

They have always made sure that their product has been of high quality

and that it has been delivered as fast as possible. I would always

recommend Gymnastic Planet to anyone who asks where my guards,

wrist supports or chalk is from and I can’t thank them enough

for everything they do.

- Oakley Banks

"Always so helpful and supportive of your needs!

Rushed an order of chalk through for my daughter.. highly recommend - 5 star service

- Amanda Stone


“Fantastic customer service, best quality hand guards and chalk.

The go-to place to get all your gymnastics essentials!!"

- Jessica Daykin

“Thanks for the report and all of the repairs  - it's quite refreshing to receive some feedback and detail

Sarah Calvert - Wiltshire School of Gymnastics


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