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2008 News Archive


  1. Gymnast of the year awards
  2. 2008 North European Championships
  3. 2008 Carnegie Rose bowl
  4. 2008 Dublin Squad Selection
  5. 2008 Club Training Camp in Largs
  6. 2008 Level 2-4 National Championships
  7. 2008 European Championships
  8. XXV Trofeo Internacional de Gimnasia de Huelva
  9. 2008 Regional Squad Selection
  10. 2008 Appenzeller Shield
  11. 2008 London Open
  12. 2008 Celtic Cup

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Gymnast Of The Year Awards
Our annual awards presentation was held during our Christmas party and the awards were dominated by the gymnasts from our intermediate squad. John Binchy was named Gymnast of the Year, a year that saw him win the Appenzeller shield and take gold at the Level 3 National championships. David Ryan was named Under 12 gymnast of the Year with Robert Farrington taking the Intermediate award. Harry Byrne won the Best Junior category with Shane Lyndon our best beginner.

 

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2008 North European Championships
Rory Caffrey concluded a very busy international season at the North European Championships in Iceland. Rory was part of an Irish team consisting Rory, Rohan Sebastian (Oklahoma & Salto GC), Adam Dalton (Douglas) and Chris O'Connor (London & Douglas GC). Wayne Healy travelled as coach. Rory, for the second year running produced the cleanest Parallel Bar routine of the competition for a score of 12.1. The men's competition was won by Scotland who had two of GB's medallists from the European Championships last April.

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2008 Carnegie Rose bowl
As part of  part of his build up for North Europeans in Iceland in November. Rory Caffrey took part in the Carnegie Rose bowl in Leeds Metropolitan University  on October 11th 2008.  Competing alongside Rory was Daniel Fox of Douglas GC Cork. The competition also featured, amongst others, Jordan Jovtchev (former world champion and five times Olympian). Rory had an excellent performance on P. bars for a score of 12.6 and a new personal best on this apparatus.

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2008 Dublin Squad Selection
As part of  Wayne Healy's brief as the MTC grass-root development officer, trials for the new Dublin Squad were held in Phoenix GC in October 2008.  From the Dublin squad an elite squad will be selected. The elite squad will attend some of the national squad training weekends and will act as a feeder to the national squad structure. The Dublin squad will meet very two weeks and will be ran by squad director Ciara  Palmer with able assistance from Andrew Healy.  Congratulations to the TWELVE Phoenix boys who were selected on the squad.

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2008 Club training camp - Largs
Seventeen gymnasts from our competition squad along with five coaches travelled to Largs, Scotland in July for our annual training camp. Additionally we were joined by a number of gymnasts from the South Dublin Regional Squad. Mike Talbot (Mr T.), Pat McGrath and Lisa Hunt joined us as guest coaches. For many of our Under 10 squad it was their very first time away from home without their parents! A great week was had by all with all gymnasts learning new skills. In addition to 5 days training the boys all went swimming in Largs and 'joined' the aqua aerobic class.  A big thanks to everyone for all their hard work during the trip.

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2008 Level 2-4 National Championships
Phoenix GC hosted the Level 2 - 5 National Championships on Sunday 25th May. Almost 100 gymnasts from throughout the country took part. This was our first time to host a national competition marking another stage in the club's development.  There were excellent performances from some of our Phoenix boys - at Level 3 Under 10 John Binchy took Gold with Curtis Winkelman third., whilst David Ryan won silver at Level 3 Under 12. Additionally we had one or two other gymnasts who were very close to medals. Well done to all our gymnasts and a big thanks to everyone who helped organise and run the event.

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2008 European Championships
Geoff Rellis and Rory Caffrey were part of the Irish Junior Team for European Championships. The other members were Chris O'Connor (Tolworth GC in London and Douglas GC) and Rohan Sebastian (Oklahoma and Salto GC). Wayne travelled with them as coach and Irish Team Lead. Geoff and Rory were the only team members not based in full time facilities. The other junior team members are based in gyms overseas. The Championships were held in Lausanne in Switzerland from 8th-11th May.  Some excellent performances by both boys with Geoff scoring over 49 for the four pieces he competed with Rory achieving personal bests on Pommel Horse and vault. The Irish team was accompanied around the competition arena by Ivan Ivankov (who is personal coach to Rohan) and Alexi Nemov.

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XXV Trofeo Internacional de Gimnasia de Huelva
Geoff and Rory travelled to Huelva in Spain with Wayne as coach on April 18th to take part in what was their final warm-up prior to European Championships. This competition featured gymnasts from Spain, Dominican Republic and the UK. Performing their routines for Europeans, both narrowly missed out on medals with Rory placing 4th on pommel horse and 6th on P. Bars whilst Geoff finished 7th on P. Bars and had a top 10 finish on vault.

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2008 Regional Squad Selection
As part of the Appenzeller Shield, new Regional Squad Director (Ciara Palmer) and one of our National Squad Coaches (Wayne Healy) selected a new regional squad. Several gymnasts from Phoenix GC have been selected on the squad. The squad will meet twice a month with the hope of many of the boys progressing to National Squad.
 

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2008 Appenzeller Shield
John Binchy won the 2008 Appenzeller Shield completing a hat-trick of victories for Phoenix GC in this event. Phoenix GC hosted the Appenzeller Shield on Saturday, March 8th. This Regional Level 2-5 competition was one of the largest boys events to be held in Ireland in 2008 with 34 gymnasts taking part. 20 of the boys were from Phoenix GC. In addition to John winning the overall title the club won 15 medals (6 gold; 5 silver and 4 bronze) - a great days performance from the club. Additionally several boys from the club were selected for the new regional squad. See our Roll of Honour page for more details. A big thanks to our coaches, judges, helpers (coffee stand, door people, equipment set-up and scorekeepers) for helping make this event a great success.

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2008 London Open
As part of their continued build up towards the Junior European Championships in May, Geoff Rellis and Rory Caffrey took part in the London Open on March 1st. Both performed very well and competed all of their Junior European Routines with some excellent scores. The boys should be in great shape for Europeans in early May. From a spectator standpoint it was a chance to see the GB boys take part in what was one of their final trials for European team selection.
 

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2008 Celtic Cup
Congrats to Luke Coward and Rory Caffrey on their performances at Celtic Cup on February 23rd.  Luke went clean on all pieces he competed whilst Rory got in some important competition experience prior to Europeans testing his new pommel routine under the pressures of competition. He finished 9th on pommes. Well done boys.

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