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2005 News Archive


  1. South Dublin Regional Level 2 Competition
  2. South Dublin Boys Regional Squad Re-launched
  3. 2005 North South Friendly
  4. 2005 North European Championships
  5. Phoenix Gymnast wins Gold at Community Games
  6. 2005 NDP Championships, Cardiff
  7. Club Training Camp - Largs 2005
  8. Phoenix gymnasts win medals at International in Belgium
  9. 2005 National Championships
  10. Easter Training Camp
  11. 2005 Celtic Cup
  12. Interclub Friendly, March 2005
  13. RTE visits Phoenix
  14. Lyon Training Camp

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South Dublin Regional Level 2 Competition
Congrats to the Phoenix gymnasts won five medals at the regional level 2 competition held in Olympian GC on December 11th 2005 A total of  seven of our gymnasts qualified to represent the region at the nationals finals in Cork in February 2006.  This was a great achievement for the boys most of whom started gymnastics in 2005. For the record our medal winners were:
     - Under 8   : Adam Crossan (Silver)
     - Under 10 : Conor Kennedy (Silver) & Patrick Ward (Bronze)
     - Under 12 : Hugh Allen (Gold) & Ronan Roche-Griffin (Silver)

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South Dublin Boys Regional Squad Re-launched
After over a year of inactivity, the South Dublin Boys Regional Squad was re-launched. The first squad session which was held in Olympian on November 9th, 2005 was well attended by gymnasts from Phoenix, Olympian and Excel. Squad sessions will be held monthly alternating between Phoenix GC and Olympian GC. We hope that under the direction of squad directors Adam Smith (Phoenix) and Dermot Ryan (Olympian) some of our newer and younger regional squad members will go on to achieve national squad status and join five of their fellow regional squad members on national squad. It is also hoped the squad will act as a forum for gymnasts and coaches from different clubs in the region to get to know one another better.

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2005 North South Friendly
Geoff Rellis, Owen Hunt and Luke Coward were due represent Phoenix GC at the North South Friendly International which was to be held in Lisburn on October 30th 2005. However, the competition was postponed at short notice owing to lack of entries. A small competition was held in Phoenix for our two under 10 gymnasts who had been working hard for the international. Luke came first with Owen second.

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2005 North European Championships
Congrats to Wayne Healy of Phoenix who represented Ireland at the North European championships held in Belfast on October 1st & 2nd 2005. This was the first time in over eight years that Ireland had a gymnast take part in the men's competition. As one of the younger competitors Wayne turned in an excellent performance in this high profile competition.

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Phoenix Gymnast wins Gold at Community Games
Congratulations to Geoff Rellis who took Gold in the Under 16 age group of the Gymnastics competition at the 2005 Community Games Finals held in Mosney on August 20th & 21st 2005. Geoff was representing his native county of Kildare.

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2005 NDP Championships, Cardiff
Three of the five Irish gymnasts who competed at NDPs on July 16th & 17th 2005 were from Phoenix. Congratulations to Wayne Healy who finished 4th in the Open age section; Geoff Rellis 6th in youth and Owen Hunt, 40th in Primary 4. The NDPs (National Development Program) are one the most important competitions within the British Gymnastics calendar and caters for gymnasts of all ages. Ireland compete as guests.

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Club Training Camp - Largs 2005
Phoenix Gymnastics Club held its first annual summer training camp in The Inverclyde National Training Centre in Largs, Scotland from July 4th-7th 2005.  Twelve gymnasts from Phoenix attended along with guest gymnasts from Leeds and Leixlip. Three senior guest coaches namely Mike Talbot, Andy Butcher (both from Leeds) and Pat McGrath also came along to lend their expertise. A great time was had by all with many of the gymnasts mastering new skills. It is hoped this training camp will become an annual event for our competition squads.

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Phoenix gymnasts win medals at International in Belgium
Wayne Healy took Gold at Under 18 section and Geoff Rellis took Bronze at Under 16 in the 'Tournoi International Belgique' on May 14th 2005.  Luke Coward, who had recently moved to the club, took Gold at Under 10. Congratulations to all three!  The Tournoi is an annual international competition held in Stembert, Belgium. Teams from Belgium, The Netherlands, Malta, Luxemburg, England and Ireland took part.

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2005 National Championships
Congratulations to the Phoenix team on their performance at National Championships on April 23rd 2005. Wayne Healy came second in the Under 18 all-round competition and won the high-bar national apparatus championships. Geoff came 5th. Unfortunately due to illness Hugo Kieran was unable to compete.

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Easter Training Camp - Largs
National Squad members from both Phoenix Gymnastics Club and Muckross Gymnastics Club travelled from the Celtic Cup Competition in Perth, Scotland to a 5 day training camp in The Inverclyde National Sports Centre.  A good training camp was had by all.

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2005 Celtic Cup
Celtic Cup is an International Competition between Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is an annual competition held in alternating countries and in 2005 was held in Perth, Scotland on March 26th. Ireland sent three teams namely Boys under 17, Girls under 17 and Girls under 13.

Two Phoenix gymnasts (Wayne Healy & Geoff Rellis) were part of the Irish boys under 17 team. Wayne was Ireland's top scorer with 42.05 placing 11th overall, additionally he finished 4th on vault with an impressive 8.55 score for his straight tsukahara. Geoff finished in 14th position overall with a score of 39.30, he had the cleanest routine of the day with 0.15 deductions on Parallel Bars scoring 7.05. Between them the Phoenix boys were Ireland's top scorers on five of the six pieces. Congratulations to both on their performance.

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Interclub Friendly, March 2005
Congratulations to the Phoenix gymnasts who won six medals at the interclub friendly between Olympian, Leixlip and Phoenix held on March 13th 2005. These were the first medals won by the club since its foundation in September 2004. For the history books, the club's first medal winners were:
    - Level 3, Under 10 - Colm O'Reilly (Gold)
    - Level 3, Under 12 - John Fleming (Gold), Kieran Murphy (Silver), John Walsh (Bronze)
    - Level 4, Under 14 - Cormac Nolan (Gold), Conor Guihen (Silver)
The other team members were Brian Leader and Philip McCarthy who both narrowly missed out on medals.

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RTE visits Phoenix
In March 2005 RTE recorded a short piece on men's gymnastics in Ireland for the 'Go For It' program. Cormac Nolan was set a gymnastics challenge by Wayne Healy to be learnt in a week. In addition to showing Cormac's challenge of doing 10 summersaults off the trampet in 60 seconds, it also profiled the club. This gave great publicity to the club during its early formative months. The show was aired on March 30th 2005.

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Lyon Training Camp
In February 2005 three gymnasts Wayne Healy, Arthur Henry and Hugo Kieran travelled to the National Centre of Excellence in Lyon in France for a week long training camp under the guidance of top French coach Henri-Paul Pecolo.  Lyon is the home gym of Yann Cucherat, medallist on parallel bars at a number of World and European championships. Prior to the camp there was a quick stop off in Paris to visit Euro-Disney.

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