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2010 News Archive


  1. Gymnast of the Year Awards
  2. 2010 Christmas Party postponed due to snow
  3. 2010 Salto Open
  4. 2010 Squad Training Camp, Leeds
  5. 2010 World Championships
  6. Lecture on Sports Nutrition
  7. Club Fundraising Week-end
  8. New Committee for 2010/2011 Season
  9. National squad training in Tolworth
  10. 2010 Club training camp in Largs
  11. 2010 Level 5-8 National Championships
  12. 2010 Level 2-4 National Championships
  13. Huelva Cup, Spain
  14. 2010 European Championships
  15. Microsoft Community Affairs Grant
  16. 2010 Appenzeller Shield
  17. 2010 Celtic Cup
  18. 2010 Celtic Cup & European Championships Trials

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Gymnast of the Year Awards
In our first class of 2011 our annual awards were finally presented This was a very difficult year to choose winners with some gymnasts making international debuts or furthering their international career, several more winning national or regional medals and others simply making huge progress up the ranks.

David Ryan won The Gymnast of the Year Award
. David made his international debut earlier this year at Celtic Cup and turned in an excellent performance. He also won a bronze medal at the 2010 Salto Open December underlying his outstanding progress this year. Shane Lyndon won the Elite Squad Award for the second year running. Like David, he also made his international debut at Celtic Cup this year after moving from level 3 to level 6 in the space of a single season. He was the top scorer on floor at the 2010 Salto Open. Ciarán McCormack won the junior award, Stepping up from level 5 to level 7 this year. As one of the hardest working gymnasts in the club he is busy preparing for Celtic Cup trials . Rod McAuliffe won the Minor Squad Award. In 2010 he was the youngest medallist at National Championships winning the Under 7 Level 2 National Title. Oisin Noonan won our Best Beginner Award for the most improved of the gymnasts who joined during 2010. Several other gymnasts were also recognised for great performances last year. We also announced Robert Farrington as our new club captain.

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2010 Christmas Party postponed due to snow
Owing to a heavy fall of snow less than two hours before our Christmas part was due to begin, we had to postpone both our party and awards presentation.  The junk food has all been carefully stored until January. More importantly the names of our winners remained a closely guarded secret until the first class in January!!!
 

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2010 Salto Open
Owing to the bad weather during November and reduced training opportunities, Phoenix GC sent a reduced squad to the Salto Open in Belfast. David Ryan, Robert Farrington and Shane Lyndon represented the club and used the event to test out some new routines.  A good day was had by all with David Ryan finishing third at level 7 in what was his first competition at this level.  Robert, also competing at level 7 competed new skills for the first time on parallel bars and rings obtaining good scores on both routines. At level 6, Shane Lyndon competed his new floor routine for the first time finishing first on floor finishing first on this piece with a new PB of 12.8, he also competed his first voluntary routine on pommels. A big thanks to Wayne and Hugo who travelled as coach and judge respectively. Well done all!!

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2010 Squad Training Camp, Leeds
Over the October mid-term break six of our squad gymnasts, most of whom are on the national squad, travelled to Carnegie Regional centre of Excellence for an intensive training camp. Wayne and Tom travelled as coaches.  This was the current squad's first trip to Leeds and was a great opportunity to work in one of GB's top men's clubs alongside some of the top gymnasts and coaches in GB including Mike Talbot (Mr. T.). The boys all trained well working new skills and began preparing routines for the forthcoming Celtic Cup trials. Outside the gym the boys enjoyed trips to the cinema, Leeds City Centre and some good food in Frankie and Benny's. It is hoped to make this an annual event.

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2010 World Championships
The road to the 2012 Olympics began at this year's World Championships in Rotterdam which runs from October 16th - 24th. Over 70 nations and 600 gymnasts competed for both team and individual honours and the right to send a full team to next year's World Championships where the final teams will be selected for the London Olympics. 

Geoff Rellis of Phoenix GC was due to compete on the Irish Team but unfortunately he is currently recovering from injury and is focusing on his return to competition next year. Tom Dillon travelled as Irish head of delegation.

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Lecture on Sports Nutrition
Phoenix Gymnastics Club organised a short lecture given by top nutritionist Vincent Timmons on the area of diet and nutrition for young athletes. Vincent has worked with several top athletes in the past. This was an excellent session with the boys learning about the different types of food (protein, carbohydrates, fats etc.) and how diet and nutrition can help with their training and competition. It was great to see so many gymnasts and parents present. It was a very interactive session with our gymnasts asking several questions from Vincent. Its Weetabix and porridge for breakfast from now on!

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Club Fundraising Week-end
Phoenix held a large fund-raising event in September 2010 with parents, gymnasts and family members all helping to pack bags in SuperValu, Churchtown. The money raised will go towards the repair and maintenance of equipment in the gym. A big thanks to Marian Lewis who organised the event, to Supervalu for allowing us fund-raise and to all who helped over the weekend. Not only did we raise vital funds it also raised awareness of the club in the locality.

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New Committee for the 2010/2011 Season
Phoenix GC recently appointed a new Committee to help run the club for the new season.  The committee will be responsible for the heavy admin work required for a growing club, ensuring smooth implementation of the Code of Ethics and, importantly Fund raising.

After several years of dedication, Carmel Healy, one of our founding members and long-time Club Secretary and Treasurer, has decided it is time to take a break. Carmel put in several years of hard-work during our formative years. Without Carmel's efforts Phoenix would never have grown to the club it is today. We would like to thank Carmel for all her work and wish her well for the future

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National Squad Training, Tolworth
In August 2010 Luke, David, Shane and Leo travelled to Tolworth in England for national squad training. Robert was unable to travel as he was on holidays. Geoff, one of our seniors, is based fulltime in Tolworth.  Wayne Healy attended as one of the national squad coaches. A good weekend was had with the boys working hard and showing how much they had progressed this year. Our boys impressed particularly on pommels. 'Camping' overnight in the gym was a new and fun experience for all!!
 

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2010 Club Training Camp in Largs
Our SIXTH annual training camp in Largs was held from July 5th-9th.  Twenty gymnasts and all of the coaching team along with a small team from Olympian GC enjoyed a great week's training in the gym. There as always to assist were our guest coaches Mr T and Pat McGrath.  Every gymnast came back having learned at least one new skill. Despite the bad weather outside the gym, in between evening rain showers the boys enjoyed trips to Nardini's for ice-cream and to the town for some bowling. Everyone came back tired and happy.

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2010 Level 5-8 National Championships
The Level 5-8National Championships were held in Salto GC in May 2010. This is the national championships for Ireland's advanced gymnasts and includes the Minor (Level 6), Junior (Level 7) and Senior (Level 8) National Championships. Phoenix GC had 11 gymnasts taking part, many of whom  had moved up two or more levels since last year. Travelling with them as coaches were Wayne, German and Illya. All the boys acquitted themselves well and produced several personal best scores on the apparatus they competed on. Geoff Rellis capped off a good day by taking silver in the National Senior championships. Well done all!

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2010 Level 2-4 National Championships
The Level 2-4 National Championships were held in Phoenix GC in May 2010. This was the largest national championships in several years with almost 140 boys taking part of whom over twenty were from Phoenix GC. Congratulations to our six medal winners - Rod McAuliffe - level 2 Under 7; Cormac McGrory – Bronze, Level 3 Under 12;  Daniel Shaffrey – Silver, Level 3 Over 12; Kevin Redhan – Bronze;, Level 3 Over 12, Darren Halpenny – Silver, Level 4 Under 12 and Seamus Rossingol – Silver Level 4, Over 12.

Thanks to all who helped make this, now annual event, a great success, including our judges Andrew and Hugo; coaches Kirsten, Rory, German, Conor and Ciarán; Scorekeepers Shane, David and Leo; floor managers; equipment crew etc. etc.

A big thanks also to our fund-raising committee who raised some valuable funds through their tuck-shop. The funds will go towards re covering the mats.

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2010 Huelva Cup, Spain
The same weekend as the Level 2-4 National Championships Luke Coward, Robert Farrington and coach Wayne Healy managed to dodge the volcanic ash from Iceland to compete in the 2010 Huelva Cup in Spain. This is an international competition with competitors from Spain, Portugal, Germany, UK and Ireland and is held in the town where Columbus set sail for America. Amongst the youngest in the competition, both boys used the competition to try new routines and performed very well.

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2010 European Championships
Geoff Rellis, currently training in Tolworth GC in the UK, was part of the Irish team at European Championships in Birmingham. The team lost two members prior to the start of the event one to injury, the other, Rohan Sebastian, stranded in the USA due to the ash from the Icelandic Volcano. Geoff competed on Floor and Parallel Bars where in turned in two clean performances scoring 13.1 on floor.

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Microsoft Community Affairs Grant
As part of Microsoft's 25 years in Ireland celebrations, they awarded grants to 25 voluntary organisations within the local community which had Microsoft staff involvement. Phoenix GC applied for one of the grants and our application was successful.  The money will be put to use to help with equipment maintenance and repair. We would like to thank Microsoft for their valued support.

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2010 Appenzeller Shield
The Fifth annual Appenzeller Shield was hosted in Phoenix GC on March 26th 2010. This was the biggest competition to date with almost 50 gymnasts taking part from five clubs within the South Dublin Region. Phoenix had gymnasts competing at level 2,3,4 & 5. Cormac McGrory won the Appenzeller Shield - making it five in a row for Phoenix GC. Additionally the club won 4 Gold, 8 Silver and 5 Bronze across the various levels and age groups. For our Level two boys it was their first time to compete and they won SIX of our overall medal haul!. Our Celtic Cup boys also did an excellent display at the end. It was a milestone day for Hugo Kieran who judged his first competition  Congratulations to all our medal winners and thanks to all who helped make the competition happen!!

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2010 Celtic Cup
The 2010 Celtic cup was held in Cardiff in February. Four gymnasts from Phoenix GC were on the Irish Team, making up almost half of the men's team. After several weeks of hard work, the boys all did the club proud. At under 13 Robert Farrington, competing in his second Celtic cup, was the best of the Irish gymnasts competing on all six apparatus and performing some excellent routines particularly on parallel bars. David Ryan competing in his first international did four pieces and had Ireland's top score on floor. Shane Lyndon also in his first international, competed on three pieces, top scoring on vault. At Under 17 Luke Coward competed on three pieces which included a top-notch vault. Congratulations to the four boys and to Wayne who travelled with them as Irish coach.

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2010 Celtic Cup & Europeans Championships Trials
The final trials for the 2010 Celtic Cup in Wales were held in Belfast in January 2010. Six of our gymnasts who had previously been shortlisted the Celtic Cup panel took part with four making the final Irish team. Congratulations to Robert Farrington, David Ryan, and Shane Lyndon who were selected on the Irish Under 13 team and to Luke Coward who was selected on the Irish Under 17 team. John Binchy and Leo Kurevlev also performed well and were unlucky not to make the Under 13 team this year but both have put down firm markers for the 2011 team. Wayne Healy was chosen to travel as Irish coach.

The preliminary trial for the 2010 European Championships were also conducted alongside the Celtic Cup trial. Geoff Rellis, who is currently training in the UK, was selected on a five man senior squad.

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