Gymnast of the Year Awards
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.
Ciarn 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.
Oisn 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.
2010 Christmas Party postponed due to snow
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
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!!
2010 Squad Training Camp, Leeds
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 travelled as coach. 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.
2010 World Championships
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
Lecture on Sports Nutrition
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!
Club Fundraising Week-end
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.
New Committee for the 2010/2011 Season
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
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
National Squad Training, Tolworth
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!!
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.
2010 Level 5-8 National
Level 5-8 National 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!
2010 Level 2-4 National
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
Ciarn; Scorekeepers Shane, David and Leo; floor managers; equipment crew 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.
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.
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
Community Affairs Grant
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
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!!
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.
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.
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.