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2006 News Archive


  1. 2006 Barbórka Cup
  2. 2006 National Individual Championships
  3. Club Benefit Night
  4. 2006 North European Championships
  5. UEG Training Camp - Tirrenia
  6. Club Training Camp - Largs 2006
  7. 2006 British Team Championships
  8. 2006 European Championships
  9. 2006 NDP Championships, Newcastle
  10. 2006 National Team Championships
  11. 2006 Appenzeller Memorial Shield
  12. 2006 Level 2,3 & 4 National Championships
  13. 2006 Celtic Cup

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2006 Barbórka Cup
Wayne Healy represented Ireland at the Barbórka Cup International where he finished 13th overall in the men's all-round competition. The competition which was in Zabrze, Poland featured teams from Poland, Ukraine, Finland, Slovenia and Ireland and was held over the weekend of  December 8th - 10th 2006. Wayne's excellent performance qualified him for the team-gym competition where he was teamed with a female gymnast from the Ukraine. In team-gym each team consists of a male and female gymnast.  Each gymnast does a routine on a chosen apparatus (men on the men's pieces, Women on the women's pieces) with the two scores combined to give a team score. In subsequent rounds the gymnasts choose a different apparatus to that done in the previous rounds. Lying second after the first round, they were eliminated in the second round following a fall by the Ukrainian gymnast on floor. Congrats to Wayne on his performances both in the men's all-round and the team-gym competitions.

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2006 National Individual Championships
30 gymnasts from Phoenix GC took part in the National Individual Championships held in Colemine on Sunday, November 19th 2006. The boys brought home an impressive haul of 12 medals (2 gold, 2 silver & 8 bronze medals). This included a clean sweep at level 7 where Geoff Rellis won the national youth title with Rory Caffrey second and Danny Cooney third.  At senior level Wayne Healy came third being piped by two gymnasts from Belfast, this reaffirms his position as the #1 gymnast in the Republic of Ireland. Luke Coward took bonze at Level 6. At level 4, Kieran Murphy took gold at under 12 whilst Alan Fleming and Brian Leader won silver and bronze respectively at over 12. In level 3 Adam Crossan, Connor Kennedy and Colm O'Reilly all won bronze medals in their respective ages. Hugh Allen took bronze in level 2 under 12. Additionally a number of others narrowly missed out on medals. For many of the boys it was there first major competition. Well done all!!

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Club Benefit Night
Phoenix Gymnastics Club held two fund raisers in November 2006. Many thanks to parents, gymnasts and local companies who gave generously of their time, money and spot prises to support both our bag pack and benefit night. The money raised will go towards the purchase of new equipment.

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2006 North European Championships
Wayne Healy and Geoff Rellis represented Ireland at the North European Championships in Norway. On September 30th. Over 10 different nations took part in this major championships. Both performed very well. Wayne's top score was an vault where he scored an impressive 13.5. Geoff, who competed on three pieces in what was his first senior competition, scored 11.55 for a very clean P. Bar routine.

 

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UEG Training Camp - Tirrenia
Danny Cooney (gymnast) and Adam Smith (coach) travelled to Tirrenia in Italy for the UEG training camp which ran from July 23rd - August 2nd. The camp, which is held annually, is for gymnasts aged 13-16 and is one of the top training camps for juniors. There is a heavy focus on physical preparation at the camp. This year gymnasts and coaches from over 15 different nations were in attendance. Valery Belenky, winner of two Olympic medals in 1992 and world champion on pommel horse in 1991 & 1997,  was one of the coaches present at the camp. A good time was had by all.

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Club Training Camp - Largs 2006
Sixteen gymnasts and five coaches from Phoenix Gym Club travelled to Largs on July 3rd for our annual training camp. Once again Mr T. (Mike Talbot) and Pat McGrath attended as guest coaches. Gymnasts from Excel GC also accompanied us on the trip. A good week was had by all with many new skills being learnt by the boys. Plans are already afoot for our camp in 2007!

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2006 British Team Championships
Wayne Healy of Phoenix GC and Leeds Metropolitan University was part of the Yorkshire team that came third at British regional team championships held in Ispwich on May 21st 2006. 

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2006 European Championships
Wayne Healy of Phoenix finished 23rd on Vault at the 2006 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships which were  held in Volos, Greece from May 4th-7th. Wayne along with Luke Carson (Salto GC) took part in the Junior (Under 18) competition whilst Mathew Cosgrove (Salto GC) competed in the senior competition. For both Wayne and the club this was a major milestone as it was the first time a gymnast from the club had competed at European Championship level.

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2006 NDP Championships
Owen Hunt and Luke Coward of Phoenix represented Ireland at the NDP finals in Newcastle over the May bank holiday weekend. Lisa Hunt travelled as coach. The NDPs is one of the most important developmental competitions in the UK. Both boys turned in some fine performances with Owen finishing 25th in the Primary 4 section where he competed against over 70 gymnasts from throughout the UK.

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2006 National Team Championships
Phoenix GC finished a close second to Salto GC of Belfast at this year's National Team championships held on April 22nd. In what was the the first National team championships in almost 15 years teams from Belfast, Cork and Dublin all took part. We missed out on team gold by just 3.5 marks. This was a great performance given that the boys in Salto train in a full-time gym 6 days a week. Well done!!!

 

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2006 Appenzeller Memorial Shield
The inaugural Appenzeller Memorial Shield was held in Phoenix GC on March 25th 2006. This South Dublin regional competition was for gymnasts competing at Levels 3 or 4 of the MTC program.  Over twenty gymnasts took part in the competition with Phoenix gymnasts winning three gold, three silver and three bronze medals. Additionally Brian Leader won the Appenzeller Shield.

Charles Appenzeller (pictured above right) who passed away in June 2005, was a founding member of Olympian Gymnastics Club and a leading light of men's gymnastics in Ireland for over forty years. To mark Charles's contribution to the sport a perpetual shield was donated by Olympian and Phoenix gym clubs to be presented to the gymnast with the top combined score on Floor, Vault, Parallel Bars and High Bar irrespective of age or level.

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2006 Level 2,3 & 4 National Championships
Ten gymnasts from Phoenix GC took part in the level 2,3 & 4 national championships in Cork on February 19th.  Our Level 3 and Level 4 boys won five medals including two Level 4 national titles at under 12 and under 14 with John Fleming being crowned the Level 4 National Champion! At Level 2, four Phoenix boys were on the South Dublin team that took Gold at Under 8 whilst there were two Phoenix gymnasts on the South Dublin team that won Silver at Under 10. In the individual section of Level 2, Conor Kennedy missed out on an Under 10 individual bronze by just 0.05. Well done all!!

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2006 Celtic Cup
Three Phoenix gymnasts were part of the Irish team which took part in the Celtic Cup in Wales in February 2006. Geoff Rellis and Hugo Kieran were on the Under 17 team with Danny Cooney on the Under 13 team.. It was Hugo's first ever international. Geoff Rellis was Ireland's top performer on the Under 17 team finishing 11th overall.  Also on the team was Rory Caffrey, who at that time trained with Phoenix GC but was a member of Olympian GC, Rory officially joined Phoenix GC in October 2006.

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