Our Staff


Robert Persechino & Helene Desmarais

Robert is the club manager and one of the head coaches at Panthers Gymnastics. Robert is responsible for all staff and day to day operations of the club.

Robert and Helene both hold NCCP Level 4 designation – the highest coaching certification achievable in gymnastics in Canada.

Robert and Helene are recipients of many Provincial and National awards such as the prestigious Gymnastics Canada’s “National Stream Coach of the Year” award or the Coaching Manitoba “Peter Williamson, High Performance Coach of the Year” award. Both have over 30 years of successful provincial, national and international coaching experience. They have produced, nurtured and supported over 50 National stream gymnasts and 12 High Performance athletes (5 National Team Members) since arriving in Manitoba in 1991.

Robert and Helene are both NCCP Course conductor and clinicians who keep on spreading their knowledge in the province and across Canada. Under their strong leadership, Panthers has emerged as an important club in Canada, with a capable team of certified coaches nurturing athletes at every level of development.


Desiree Loutit

Desiree has over 30 years of experience as a recreational and competitive coach. She was a gymnast for 10 years in Selkirk and also coached in Ontario.

Now at Panthers, she coordinates, monitors and leads the Recreational groups of the club and oversees the recreational spring break and summer camps.


Margaret Gobert

Margaret has over 25 years of administration experience as well as served on the Board of Directors for 5 years prior to working at Panthers Gymnastics.  She is responsible for all administrative duties reporting to the Club Manager and Board of Directors.