The Team

David Smith

Owner / Head CrossFit Coach

David - personal trainers in Norwich - SpitFireDavid has had an active involvement within the local regional and UK CrossFit Community both as an athlete and coach for a number of years.  Having spent most of his adult life around sport, competition, and helping others achieve their goals he is proud to support the best fitness community in the world.

Starting out as a competitive Sprinter and Hurdler throughout high school and for a number of years thereafter, David went on to serve as a Commissioned Officer in the Royal Air Force, subsequently participating in numerous Strength and Conditioning programs before being introduced to CrossFit by a fellow coach in 2011.

“CrossFit has transformed the way I train, and coach, in such a positive way and have met so many wonderful people along the way, and for this I feel very privileged to be able introduce others to this amazing training methodology here at CrossFit Spitfire”.

David is a qualified Level 2 CrossFit Coach, and has had the unique opportunity to coach at a number of other UK affiliates.  He has also competed in numerous UK CrossFit competitions both as an Individual and in Team events, and has also judged at a number of high profile events, including as Head Judge.  He also holds a British Weightlifting Level 1 certification, and Strength and Power Level 1 alongside numerous other qualifications.  He is also an experienced professional Engineer, Motorsport track day instructor, Bushcraft Survival Instructor and qualified Private Pilot.


Hannah Phillips

CrossFit Coach / Personal Trainer

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Originally from Norwich, Hannah already has a huge background in CrossFit after training and competing for CrossFit Colchester since 2012.  With one of the most impressive CV’s around, she holds a wide range of qualifications including: MSc Cardiac Rehabilitation distinction at the University of Essex, and a First Class BSc (Hons) Sports & Exercise Science degree. She also holds a British Weightlifting Level 1 certification, alongside numerous other qualifications.

“Since I started my CrossFit journey, the programming and methodology have challenged me to dig deep to make things happen. I have never been stronger both physically and mentally than I am right now and couldn’t’t have done it without the support and friendship of the CrossFit Community.”

Hannah is passionate about constantly expanding her knowledge and loves meeting new people of all ages and ability, helping others develop and achieve their goals.  Hannah is also available for personal training sessions at Spitfire.  Needless to say we are very pleased to have Hannah as part of our team!


Benjamin Clayphan

CrossFit Coach / Personal Trainer

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Originally from Kent, Ben moved to Norwich when he was 16 where he joined the Easton College Rugby Academy, shadowing his Olympic Weightlifting and Strength & Conditioning coach whilst doing his Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Sport.  Coming from a competitive sporting background Ben started coaching at the age of 18, initially coaching rugby he soon qualified as a Level 2 Rugby Union Coach.  This led to opportunities coaching in schools and even for the Premiership rugby team ‘Harlequins RFC’ at Twickenham, where he coached junior performance camps.  Ben went on to specialise as a Strength & Conditioning coach, gaining his Level 3 qualification in Personal Training, British Weightlifting Level 1 and a Diploma in Sport Science.

Upon discovering CrossFit, Ben fell in love with the ‘sport of fitness’ and quickly went on to qualify as a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer.  Ben is one of the most passionate, motivating and charismatic coaches we know, with his clear passion for the sport of CrossFit backed up with experience, dedication and the drive to see others succeed.  Any class lucky enough to have Ben at helm will always be in for a treat!  Ben is also available for personal training sessions at Spitfire.


Gareth Flack

CrossFit Kids Coach

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Alongside being the proud owner of CrossFit Spitfire Kids Gareth is also a full time Physical Education teacher and has a wealth of teaching experience with children aged 4-16. Gareth gained his Post Graduate Certificate of Education in 2004.

His love of sports started at school where he played Football, Rugby, Cricket and Athletics. He had school county trials in Athletics and Rugby at the age of 16. As a PE teacher Gareth has seen how sport and exercise can change children’s lives. He believes that all children can improve their health, wellbeing and confidence through sport and exercise.

Gareth holds level 1 qualifications in Gymnastics, Athletics and Rugby along with being a qualified first aider. He discovered his passion for CrossFit when CrossFit Spitfire launched in July 2016 and has progressed and developed his own skills to an extremely high level throughout this time, gaining both his CrossFit Level 1 and CrossFit Kids Trainer qualifications. We are very lucky to have Gareth as part of Team Spitfire!!


Edward Blanch

CrossFit Coach / Circus & Gymnastics Trainer

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Edward trained at the Leicester College of Performing Arts and graduated in 2005 with a Trinity Diploma in Musical Theatre. Whilst at college he performed as a soloist with the Leicester Youth Ballet Company in Giselle and Sleeping Beauty. Since graduating he has performed in music videos, TV shows, Pantos and corporate events throughout the UK and Europe. His work in the US includes tours of Spirit of the Dance and Spirit of Christmas. In 2008 he started his circus training with Poet Theatricals in Florida doing various circus acts including Trapeze, Straps, Bungee, Statue and Shapes. He has put to these to good use as both dance captain and aerial captain in the inaugural casts for Celebrity Cruises newest ships. In 2014 he was involved with the creation and opening of Evolution, a new circus show in Shenzhen China.

Over the past few years he has directed Christmas Live! For Celebrity Cruises, and ‘Saucy Jack & The Space Vixens’ as the Komedia Theatre in Brighton.

Upon discovering Crossfit while working in the US he has passionately pursued the sport of fitness gaining his Level 1 Crossfit Trainer certification in 2016.

Outside of performing he works with International Theatre Works as an Associate Producer on many large-scale shows in China. He continues to perform as well as teach, choreograph and direct around the UK.


Gemma Sethna – Bure Valley Osteopaths

Osteopath / Sports Massage Therapist

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Gemma is a professional Osteopath and Sports Massage Therapist. Gemma previously had a successful career as a professional dancer, travelling the world on Cunard and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. She was always interested in Osteopathy after receiving treatment for a number of dance injuries.

Returning to the UK, she decided on a career change and embarked on a 5 year Masters Degree at The London School of Osteopathy, gaining a Distinction. Gemma’s medical knowledge, plus technical skill enables her to provide a tailored experience that suits your needs.

She is also an experienced Sports Massage Therapist and Western Medical Acupuncturist.

In her spare time, Gemma is a keen runner, plus is always kept on her toes by her 6-year-old daughter!

Gemma is available at CrossFit Spitfire on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday mornings and alternate Saturdays:

Book online at http://www.burevalleyosteopaths.com/book-now.html
Call: 07555 348631
Email: gemma@burevalleyosteopaths.com


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