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2009 News Archive


  1. Gymnast Of The Year Awards
  2. 2009 Salto Open
  3. 2010 Preliminary Celtic Cup Trials
  4. 2009 North European Championships
  5. Coaching changes for the 2009/2010 Season
  6. Phoenix GC Adopts Irish Gymnastics Code of Ethics
  7. New addition to Judging Team
  8. 2009 Club Training camp in Largs
  9. National Squad Structure Revamp
  10. 2009 Level 2-4 National Championships
  11. 2009 Level 5-7 National Championships
  12. 2009 Appenzeller Shield
  13. 2009 Celtic Cup
  14. 2009 Junior National Squad Selection

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Gymnast Of The Year Awards
Our Annual award were during our Christmas Party. This year more than ever the coaches had some difficult decisions to make. Robert Farrington won The Gymnast of the Year Award. Robert made his international debut earlier this year at Celtic Cup and turned in an excellent performance. He won a silver medal at the 2009 Salto Open December underlying his outstanding progress this year. Robert also been selected on the 2010 Celtic Cup squad. Shane Lyndon won the Elite Squad Award. In 2009 he won the Appenzeller Shield and won gold at Level 3 Under12 National Championships. He was recently selected on the 2010 Celtic Cup squad. Illya Babkin won the Junior Squad Award, aged 8 he took silver at level 4 Under 12 at this year's Appenzeller Shield Competition. Mathew Jennings won the Minor Squad Award a medallist at Level 2 in the Appenzeller Shield Competition he narrowly missed out on a medal at National Championships. Simon Mullen won our Best Beginner Award for the most improved of the gymnasts who joined during 2009.

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2009 Salto Open
Congratulations to all our medal winners at the Salto Open held in Belfast in December 2009. Ten gymnasts took part with the boys winning SIX medals. It gave our Level 6 and 7 gymnasts a chance to test their routines in advance of the final Celtic Cup trial in January 2010. At Level 7 Luke Coward won Silver. At Level 6, a great performance by Robert saw him win Silver in what was his first competition competing voluntary routines on all six pieces of apparatus. David and Shane, both competing voluntaries for the first time, went clean on the three pieces they competed. At Level 4 James Jennings won bronze at Under 10. At Level 3 Seamus Rossingol came first at Under 12 with Kevin MacEnri and Dominic Henry-Hayes taking first and second respectively at Under 10. Well done all!! A big thanks to Wayne, Rory and Alison Halpenny (Portlaoise) who travelled as coaches.

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2010 Preliminary Celtic Cup Trials
Preliminary Trials for the 2010 Irish Celtic Cup squad were held in Salto GC in November 2009. Eight gymnasts from the club attended. All acquitted themselves well with SIX being invited to take part in the final Celtic Cup trial in January 2010. Congratulations to Robert, David, John, Shane and Leo who were selected on the Under 13 squad and to Luke who was selected on the Under 17 squad. Jani and Adam whilst not making this year's squad showed that they are in line to make the squad next year.

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2009 North European Championships
Geoff Rellis, who is currently training in the UK, represented Ireland at the North European Championships in Cardiff in November 2009.  Owing to new FIG age restrictions Geoff was the only person on Ireland's men's team.  A good performance by Geoff saw him qualify for floor final. Well done Geoff!!
 

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Coaching changes for the 2009/2010 Season
Rory Caffrey has recently joined our coaching team and will focus on our younger junior gymnasts. He is a veteran of several internationals including Junior Europeans, North Europeans and Celtic Cup and was our club gymnast of the year for 2008. Rory will be a great addition to the coaching team.

Unfortunately due to work and music commitments Adam Smith's involvement this year has been seriously curtailed. Adam was part of our original coaching team when we set-up in 2004.  Many of the gymnasts Adam coached won medals at regional and national level and some went on to compete at NDPs in the UK, a competition which Adam  attended as Irish Coach in 2007. We would like to thank Adam for all his time and effort over the last five years and hopefully he will be able to resume coaching with us in the near future. Also, due to college commitments Ciara Palmer is unable to coach this year. We thank her for her commitment over the last couple of years and wish her the best with her studies.

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Phoenix GC adopts Irish Gymnastics Code of Ethics
Phoenix GC has adopted the new Irish Gymnastics Code of Ethics. The code is based on and fully compliant with the Irish Sports Council's "Code of Ethics and Good practice for Children and Vulnerable Adults in Sport".  The Irish Gymnastics Code of Ethics document can be down-loaded here. Over the last few months our child protection team (Ciara Winkleman and Rachel Hussey), Carmel Healy, Tom Dillon and most of our coaches have all attended training in this area. Arising out of the code adoption there will be some minor policy and process changes that may impact parents and gymnasts. We will keep parents advised of any such changes.

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New addition to Judging Team
Hugo Kieran, a former national squad member who represented Ireland at Celtic Cup, has decided that he would like to sit at the other side of the judging table. In August 2009 he attended a judging course in Belfast and successfully obtained his Club Judging award. This brings our number of judges to four. Congratulations Hugo!

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2009 Club Training Camp in Largs
Our 5th annual training camp in Largs was held during the first week of July 2009. Eighteen gymnasts and six of our club coaches travelled to Largs on July 6th for the five day training camp. Three gymnasts and two coaches from Old Bawn also travelled. A great week was had by all with our guest coaches Mr T. and Pat McGrath commenting on how much the standard had improved over previous years. Many of the gymnasts learnt new skills with everyone working hard. For the first time in many years the rain stayed away which meant some Nardini's ice-cream could be enjoyed after training! A big thanks to everyone who helped make the camp a great success.

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National Squad Structure Revamp
The National Squad structure was revamped in June 2009. Provisional squads were selected  based on past national and international competition results. Congratulations to the twelve gymnasts from Phoenix selected, namely :-
          - Senior Elite : Geoff Rellis & Rory Caffrey
          - Junior Elite : Luke Coward & Robert Farrington
          - Junior Development : David Ryan John Binchy & Leo Kurevlov
          - Under 12 Development : S. Lyndon, J. O’Connell, C. Winkleman, A. Crossan & D. Halpenny

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2009 Level 2-4 National Championships
The Level 2-4 National Champions were hosted by Phoenix GC. On May 17th. Almost 80 gymnasts from around the country took part in what was the largest Men's Competition this year. A big thanks to all our committee members, coaches, judges, parents and senior gymnasts who helped run the event. Seventeen gymnasts from the club took part, many in their first National Championships. The club won six medals (1 Gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze). At Level 3 Shane and Jani won gold and silver respectively at Under 12, Gareth took silver at Over 12. At Level 4 Adam and Curtis won silver and bronze respectively at Under 12 with Conor taking silver at Over 12. Our Level 2 boys also did very well narrowly missed out on medals. Well done boys!!

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2009 Level 5-7 National Championships
The Level 5-7 National championships were held in Cork on May 8th & 9th 2009. Five boys from Phoenix GC took part and all performed very well especially since they had all skipped a competition level this year. At Level 5 Over 12 Ciarán McCormack took silver missing out on gold by just 0.05.  At Level 5 Under 12 where there were 15 other competitors David Ryan and Leo Kurevlov finished 6th and 7th respectively, both improving on their Appenzeller Shield scores. At Level 6 Robert competed on the full pommel horse and did an excellent floor routine finishing 5th overall.  At level 7 Luke Coward placed 5th overall. He placed first on vault competing his handspring full twist for the first time.  Travelling with the boys as coaches were Wayne and German. Adam travelled as judge .

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2009 Appenzeller Shield
Shane Lyndon won the 2009 Appenzeller Shield becoming the fourth Phoenix GC winner in this event. Phoenix GC hosted the Appenzeller Shield on Saturday, April 4th. This Regional Level 2-5 competition is one of the largest boys events held in Ireland every year with 35 gymnasts taking part this year. Twenty of the gymnasts were from Phoenix GC. Our club won 12 medals (5 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze) winning medals at every level - a great performance from the club. See our Roll of Honour page for more details. A big thanks to our coaches, judges, helpers (coaches, judges, competition registration, door keepers, equipment set-up/dismantle and scorekeepers) for helping make this event a great success.

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2009 Celtic Cup, Scotland
Robert Farrington from Phoenix GC was part of a successful Irish Under 13 team which won bronze team medals at this year's Celtic Cup, held in Scotland on March 28th. Wayne Healy travelled as coach. This was Robert's first time on an Irish team! Several weeks of hard training including two control competitions in Belfast paid off. Competing on Floor, Rings, vault and Parallel bars, Robert went clean on all pieces for an excellent International debut! Daniel Fox from Douglas GC won Ireland's first ever individual gold medal at the event.

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2009 Junior National Squad Selection
Junior National Squad trials were held in Douglas GC Cork in January 2009. Congratulations to Robert Farrington (U13), David Ryan (U13) and Luke Coward (U17) who were all selected for the Irish junior squad. Additionally Robert got selected on the Under 13 Irish team for the Celtic Cup in Perth, Scotland at the end of March. This will be Robert's first ever international. Wayne will travel to Celtic Cup with Robert as Irish Team Coach. Well done Robert!!

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