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  1. 2016 Spring Competitions
  2. 2015 Annual Awards
  3. 2015 GymStart
  4. 2015 MAG Grand Prix Finals
  5. 2015 WAG Level 2-5 Apparatus finals
  6. 2015 MAG Grades & WAG Level 6-9 Apparatus
  7. 2015 London Open
  8. 2015 Overseas Training Camps
  9. 2015 Club Competitions
  10. 2015 MAG National Championships
  11. 2015 Celtic Cup Scotland
  12. 2015 WAG Level 6-9 National Championships
  13. 2015 WAG Level 2-5 National championships
  14. 2015 MAG Grand Prix
  15. 2014 News

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2016 Spring Cmpetitions
From February to June 2016 we had over 50 gymnasts competing across four separate weekends. A big thanks to all our coaches, judges and volunteers without whom we would have not been able to partake in these events. During the full 2015/2016 season we competed in 12 separate competitions and won a total of 110 medals!! - 57 at National Level (22 Gold, 27 Silver & 8 bronze) and 53 at Regional Level (34 Gold, 14 silver & 5 Bronze). Well done to all who competed!!

Celtic Cup Trials in February saw Shane, Pierce and Connor all turn in excellent performances with Shane being selected for the Irish Junior team. Unfortunately, preparations for Leaving Cert took precedence and he was unable to travel.

A busy weekend in March saw our younger boys take part in the first MAG Grand Prix of the season with Comhghall, the youngest in the competition, winning Silver at under 8 whilst Oscar won Gold at under 10. The Grand Prix is the first rung on the competition ladder for the boys. Next up that same weekend were our Girls in the WAG level 5-8 All-around Championships. The girls all did very well with Tamara, Ruby, Caroline & Isabelle all winning regional medals and narrowly missing out on national medals. All had moved up a level since last year.

The competition season reached its climax in April with the FIG level National Championships comprising of team, all-around and apparatus finals across a single weekend. This is the highest level of competition for gymnasts. The first day of competition saw our men’s team (Pierce, Conor, Illya, Oleg, Max and Jake) finish fourth in the National Team Championships. Phoenix, one of the youngest teams, was the only team made up exclusively of gymnasts training in Ireland. All our boys qualified for at least one apparatus final with Max narrowly missing out on a Minor (under 14) all-around medal. Apparatus finals were held on day 2 where at minor level all of our boys won medals - Max (silver on vault and gold on high bar), Eoin (bronze on rings) and Jake (bronze on floor). In the junior (under 18) apparatus finals whilst no medals we had several 4th positions and with all the junior boys being under age again next year the future looks bright!! Sunday also saw Oisín dominate the Pre-Minor (under 12) competition winning the All-around national title and 4 apparatus medals. Alongside the FIG national championships was the MAG 7 Piece Levels (the second rung on the boy’s competition ladder) where Jamie, Sam, Orlando and Simon between them won 25 National and 32 regional medals.

The last National Competition of the season was the WAG 2-5 All-Around Championships. Phoenix had 20 girls competing. For many of the girls it was their very first competition. With 500+ girls competing across the weekend it was a very tough field. All our girls performed well with Nela wining regional bronze at Level 3 Under 9. Many of our other girls were also very close to medals with Neva missing out on a national medal by just 0.8 at Level 4 Under 9. Finally, competing for his locality, Tadhg won gold at the Dublin Community Games.

 

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2015 Annual Awards
With a much increased club size we have had to split our Christmas Party across a number of training session. However we still had our annual awards evening with awards been given to some of most improved gymnasts over the past 12 months. Many had won medals at various national competitions over the last 12 months we also marked the year by 'fixing' a ten year bug and are now awarding people for the year they won the award.. Thus people received 2015 awards rather than the expected 2016 trophies... A long story best consigned to history

Our Main Award Winners
  => Oisín Noonan - All-Around Boys
  => Elana Mathews - All-Around Girls
  => Anna Duggan - Coach of the year

Group Awards
   => Boys : Elite - Pierce Lowe;  Junior - Illya Babkin;   Pre-minor - Comhghall Guerrine; Best Beginner - Robbie Jones
    => Girls : Junior - Caoimhe Blake; Minor - Jennifer Gill; Pre-squad -  Emily Frain; Best Beginner-  Daisy Smith

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2015 GymStart
In December 2015 over 70 of our recreational and pre-squad gymnasts took part in the Dublin GymStart event in Gormanston College. Phoenix was one of the biggest participants at the Dublin event. Gymnasts enjoy a fun session with group warm-up before demonstrating proficiency at the various skills they have learnt over the last few months. We had gymnasts take part in levels 1-9 and all received their GymStart medal and certificate. A big thanks to all our coaches and senior gymnasts who accompanied the gymnasts to the event.

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2015 MAG Grand Prix Finals
On November 28,  five of our boys travelled to the final of the MAG Grand Prix. This is a floor, vault & PP competition based on the Boys Grades. For three of our boys (Comhghall, Daniel & Jamie) it was their first ever competition. All our boys performed well winning five medals including 4 Gold and a bronze.  Jake led the medal charge winning Level 3 U14 and encouraged our younger boys throughout the day.. Tiernan won Gold at Level 1 U9 and additionally took the over-all Grand-Prix title at this age group based on his scores over the last two events. Jamie in winning his age-group also took bronze in the PPP challenge. Well done boys!!


Our medal winners were

  => Jake Duggan  => Level 3 U14 Gold
  => Jamie Haas =>  Level 2 U12 Gold & PPP Challenge Bronze
  =>  Tiernan Finn => Level 1 U9 Gold & L2 U9 Grand Prix Champion

Team Phoenix
  => Jake Duggan, Jamie Hass, Tiernan Finn, Comhghall Guerinne & Daniel Moran

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2015 WAG Level 2-5 national Apparatus Finals
On November 21&22 Twenty-five of our girls travelled to UL for the Level 2-5 National Apparatus Championships. This was one of Gymnastics Ireland biggest ever competitions with 500 gymnasts taking part across the weekend. Our girls, many of whom competing at a national event for the first time, performed very well bring home a haul of 19 medals – 3 at National level 91 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze) and 16 at regional level (6 Gold, 6 Silver and 4 Bronze). Well done Girls!!!

Our medal winners were
  => Neva Orlovic - Level 4 U9 => Vault – National & Regional Gold; Floor - Regional Gold
  => Eimear Kehoe - Level 4 U9 => Vault - National & Regional Silver; Beam – Regional Bronze
  => Elana Mathews - Level 4 U11 => Vault – National Bronze & Regional Silver
  => Chloe Ward - Level 5 U13 => Floor – Reg. Gold; Vault - Reg.Silver; A-Bars - Reg.silver; Beam - Reg bronze
  => Caoimhe Blake – Level 5 U13 => Vault – Regional Gold
  => Katie Dunne – Level 5 U13 => Vault – Regional silver
  => Lucy Egan – Level 3 U10 => A-bars – Regional silver
  => Jennifer Gill - Level 3 U10 => Vault – Regional Gold.
  => Freya Magee – Level 3 U10 => Floor - Regional bronze
  => Iris Muldoon - Level 2 U10 => Beam - Regional gold, Vault - Regional bronze.

Team Phoenix
  => Level 5 - Isabelle O'Leary; Caoimhe Blake; Aisling Cahill; Chloe Ward; Zoe Dunne; Katie Dunne
  => Level 4 - Eimer Kehoe; Neva Orlovic; Amy Purcell; Maisy Swaine; Elena Mathews; Phoebe Lemon
  => Level 3 Under 8 - Ruby Marley; Nela Kanclerz; Abi Nicholson
  => Level 3 Under 10 - Lucy Egan; Freya Magee; Sienna Farrell; Jennifer Gill; Laura Costello; Natalia Gill
  => Level 2 - Emily Frain; Hanna Kay Moylan; Abbie Bailey; Iris Muldoon

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2015 MAG Grades & WAG Level 6-9 Apparatus Finals
In October 2015 the National Competition season kicked off with The Boys Grades Championships and the WAG Level 6-9 Apparatus finals. It was a  successful weekend with the club taking home 14 medals across national and regional competitions - 7 Gold, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze.

The Boys Grades event is NDP Set routine Championships and was a team, all-around and apparatus competition. The boys grades is based on Age only. Grade 0 = under 8; Grade 1 = under 9; Grade 2 = under 10 etc. and is the highest level of competition available to boys prior to the FIG Voluntary code. Indeed the FIG pre-minor boys all were expected to compete in their appropriate age-level Grade. The girls Level 6-9 event was both a national and regional voluntary apparatus competition. In the regional event only gold medals were awarded. etc. The Level 6-9 championships is the level before the full FIG voluntary codes.

Our Medal Winners were:
  => Grade 3 Team Gold
  => Oisin Noonan – Grade 2 All around Silver. P. Bars & High Bar Gold. Floor, Rings & Vault bronze
  => Toby Hammond – Grade 2 PPP Silver
  => Shane Knott – Grade 2 Vault Gold
  =>  Christopher Clarke – Grade 1 Floor Gold & PPP Silver
  =>  Francesco Stori –  Grade 0 Rings Gold & PPP Silver
  => Caroline Haddock – Level 6 O13 A. Bars Regional Gold

Additionally we were missed out on a number of other medals by 0.1 or less including Tamara on floor at national level; Oisin on pommels at Grade 3; Rian on Vault at Grade 0.

Team Phoenix:
  => Boys - Oisin Noonan, Toby Hammond, Shane Knott, Noah McGivern, Christopher Clarke,
                   Rian Roberston, Francesco Stori
  => Girls -  Katie Hynes, Tamara Uncanin, Mia Brennan, Ruby Muldoon, Caroline Haddock

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2015 London Open
In September 2015 Shane, Pierce, Illya, Oleg and max travelled to London along with 80,000 other Irish people. Whilst most were heading towards the Rugby World Cup in Wembley, the boys were off to compete in the London Open - which is one of the oldest and most prestigious gymnastics competitions. Wayne and Rory travelled as coaches and Tom and judge. For Shane and Pierce it was a chance to try some new routines with the boys performing well particularly on P. bars. For the Illya, max and Oleg it was thier first time doing six pieces under the junior code. Again some excellent performances in particular Illya on Floor, and both Max and Oleg on Pommels. As an indication of the strength of field the senior event had several Olympic, World and European medallists including Louis Smith, Max Whitlock, Nile Wilson to name just three.

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2015 Overseas Training camp
In August 2015 the club travelled to two separate overseas training camps. First up was the elite boys who travelled to Leeds GC with Wayne to train alongside Nile Wilson (Junior European Champion and BG team member) and his coach Dave Murray. A good week was had by the boys will new skills learnt and many more skills prepped in readiness for our Italian trip.

After Leeds the boys and girls competition squads travelled to Pisa in Italy for a 6 day training camp in CONI, Tirrenia, the Italian National Training Centre. In all 26 gymnasts and coaches, including guest coach Ashling Williams travelled to Italy. Gymnasts trained hard and all came back with new skills. The twice a day training regime was interspersed with trips to the beech, a water park and of course a trip to the tower itself.

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2015 Club Novice Competitions
On June 27/28 we held our annual in-club competition for our novice and recreational gymnasts. Over 80 gymnasts competed across the two days cheered on by parents and friends. Additionally some of our squad boys and girls showed off some of the routines and skills they have been working. We saw some great performances from the boys with Dan, Jamie, Comhghall, Johnny and Eoghan win the boys competitions. Equally impressive were our girls with Alex, Lauren, Emma, Onosa, Ismay, Kate, Grace, Niamh and Ciara winning their respective sections. This brought down the curtain on our 2014/2015 season

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2015 FIG National Championships, Limerick
The 2015 FIG national Championships were held in Limerick in May. This is the highest level competition and is based on age rather than ability – namely senior (18+), Junior (under 18), Minor (Under 14) Pre-Minor (Under 12).  Overall  total of 140 boys competed (80 in the FIG section and 60 in a new 7 piece set competition). In total 17 boys from Phoenix GC travelled to Limerick (13 at FIG levels and 4 in the set routine competition) with three others being unable to attend owing to first communion season.. A very successful weekend with the club winning 9 medals (2 Gold, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze).  

Over 50 gymnasts took part in the Junior and minor all-around competitions, the largest number competing at this level in several years.  There was some great Phoenix performances with Illya winning bronze at Minor and Shane finishing 4th at Junior level, both with new PB all-round scores. Additionally we had NINE gymnasts qualifying for a total of 25 apparatus finals with Shane and Illya both qualifying for all 6 apparatus finals in the junior and minor age-groups respectively.  All of our boys posted new personal best scores in the all-around and on various apparatus.

In the Level 1 sets competition we had four boys competing. Francesco won Silver at Under 8 whilst Noah, Tiarnan and Oscar turned  in excellent performances at under 9.  At pre-minor level over 20 boys competed it this inaugural event.  For our boys (Oisin, Toby and Daniel) it was their first ever voluntary competition. All three did very well with Oisin winning 4 apparatus medals (Gold on Pommels and Rings, Silver on Parallel bars and bronze on high bar) and narrowly missed out on an all-around medal.  In the Junior and Minor apparatus finals Illya won 3 apparatus medals (Silver on Floor and Vault and Bronze on rings).  Additionally we had several boys finishing just outside the medals in various apparatus finals including Shane (Junior floor & pommels), Seamas (Junior rings), David (Junior vault), Oleg (Minor P.Bars) and Max (Minor vault), Daniel (Pre-minor floor)

Team Phoenix at National Championships were
  • Junior – Shane, David, Pierce, Seamas, Dan, Conor & Morgan
  • Minor – Illya, Oleg & Max
  • Pre-minor – Oisin, Toby & Daniel
  • Level 1 sets – Francesco, Noah, Tiarnan & Oscar
  • Congrats to all our boys who competed and a big thanks to all our officials who travelled – Wayne, Rory and Fionn as coaches and Tom as judge.

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    2015 Celtic Cup, Cardiff
    In April Shane, Illya and Morgan travelled to Wales for the 2015 Celtic Cup international.  The boys were selected following a trial trial process in February. This was both Shane’s and Illya’s fourth outing at Celtic Cup and Morgan’s second.  All boys performed very well with Illya finishing 8th overall in the Minor competition.  Ireland took team bronze in the minor competition.  In the Junior event Shane and Morgan were significant contributors to Ireland taking the team title. Shane finished 6th on floor with Morgan finishing 11th all-around. Congratulations to all 3 boys..

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    2015 WAG Level 6-9 National Championships
    In April 2015 Tamara, Katie and Mia travelled to Limerick for the WAG Level 6-9+ National Championships. Levels 6-9+ are the levels just below the Elite FIG levels. It was another successful day for our girls with the club winning three medals -  Tamara (National Silver and regional silver at Level 7 Over 13) & Mia (Regional Bronze at Level 6 over 13).  Tamara missed out on gold by 0.07. Congratulations girls!!


     

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    2015 WAG Level 2-5 National Championships
    In March 2015 Phoenix GC took part in a girls competition for the very first time. Twenty-three girls travelled to Limerick to compete in the Level 2-5 National Championships where there were over 500 competitors competing across a very busy weekend. It was a very successful weekend for Phoenix GC with the club winning 7 medals. Ruby Muldoon has the honour of being our first WAG National title holder whilst Iris, Freya, Neva, Phobe and Maisy all won regional medals. Congratulations to all our medal winners and to all our girls who competed so well across the weekend.

    A big thanks to Caitriona and Claire who travelled as judge and to Rory who travelled as coach.

     

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    2015 MAG Grand Prix
    In February 2015 Tiarnan, Gavin and Daniel travelled to Limerick for the Inaugural MAG Grand Prix.  All three were very successful with Tiarnan and Daniel both taking regional medals and Gavin winning both a regional medal and National level medal at Level 2. This is the first of the new competition series and we hope to have several boys taking parts at future events.

    A big thanks to Hugo who travelled to the event as coach (although he did have to judge in the first session)



     

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    2014 Christmas party & Annual Awards
    In December 2014 we held our first Christmas Party in our new home. Equipments had to be moved to make way for the now traditional bouncy castle. We also had our annual awards with Brother and sister winning awards for the first time... Oleg Glingeanu won the Mike Talbot Award for Male Gymnast of the year with Katie Hynes becoming our first female gymnast of the year. Other winners were Elite Squads - Pierece Lowe and Shane Lyndon; Junior squads - Toby Hammond and Chloe Ward; Minor squads - Rian Robertson, Neva Orlovic and Nela Kanclerz; Best beginers Francesco Stori & Maria Glingeanu. Congrats to all.
     

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    2014 Barbórka Cup, Poland
    In December 2014 Illya, Pierce and Oleg travelled to Poland to take part in the Barbórka Cup. Gymnasts from Poland, Latvia, Ukraine and Russia amongst others took part. For all boys it was their first Junior Competition. All competed on 5 pieces with some excellent performances on all pieces in particular Illya on Floor, Oleg on ommel horse and Pierce on Rings

    Enroute the boys had a short trip to Auswitch which was both an interesting and sobering experience. The boys also had time to look at the Christmas markets in Krakow. A big thanks to Rory who travelled as coach.
     

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    2014/2015 Season Begins
    September 2014 represents the start to our first full season in our fulltime centre. An exciting season lies ahead with the competition season kicking off in early 2015. We welcome all our new members in particular the girls from Olympian GC who transitioned to Phoenix GC this September. With an expanded membership and program we have grown our coaching team. A big welcome to Caitriona,Clare, Anna & Olivia. who will work to further develop our girls program.

    Returning to look after our office administration is Carmel Healy.
    Carmel is one of our founder members and was one of the driving forces of the club in its early years.. A big thanks to Sarah Grimley who is stepping down from our committee this year, Sarah made a huge contribution to the club over the last few years and we wish her well in the future.
     

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    2014 Overseas Training Camp in Largs
    In early July twenty gymnasts and five coaches headed to Largs for our tenth annual overseas training camp. With glorious sunshine all week many evenings were spent outside with Nardinis ice-cream.  Inside the gym all the boys worked hard and learnt many new skills having done the preparation work in our new gym at home.  At one stage it felt we were on a fire engine as the 'skill bell' was rang so many times in quick succession as boys all announced new skills they had done for the first time - Well done All!!! As in past years Pat McGrath attended as guest coach and was hand to work with everyone. A big thanks to Rory, German, Ciarán and Pat for ensuring the camp was very successful.

     

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    2014 Season in Numbers
    A quick review of the 2013/2014 season

    • 1 New Gym with lots of new equipoment
    • 40+ Gymnasts competed in 12 competitions
    • 44 Medals (19 Gold, 12 Silver & 13 Bronze) won at Internationals, National Championships, Challenge Cup series, Salto Open & Appenzeller Shield
    • 25 Different medal winners
    • 15 medals (7 Gold, 3 Silver & 5 Bronze) won at National Championships
    • 4 National Title holders (Morgan, Pierce, Gavin & Rian)
    • 7 National Champions (Rian, Sebastian, Toby, Gavin, Pierce, Morgan & Shane)
    • 4 Gymnasts represented Ireland at Euros, North Euros and Celtic Cup (Shane, Ciarán, Morgan & Illya)
    • 4 Gymnasts competed at overseas club events (Oisín, David, Shane & Ciarán)
    • 10 National Squad members (Ciarán, Shane, David, Morgan, Illya, Oleg, Oisín, Harry, Gavin, Toby)
    • Appenzeller shield retained (Toby)
    • 10+ National squad camps & trials across 3 national squads
    • 6 New Judges
    • 90+ days since we last had to move equipment in and out of a container
    • 1 Very Successful Year!

    A big thanks to all who made it happen

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    2014 Dev Level 2-4 National Championships
    In the Final competition of the season Phoenix won TWO of THREE national titles on offer!!! The Development level 2-4 national Championships in June 2014 in Portlaoise brought the end to a very a successful competition season and ain particular a busy three week period which saw gymnasts from the club do so well at European Championships, Appenzeller Shield and Salto Open our Dev. Level 2-4 boys kept the momentum going. The club took 2 of the 3 nationals titles on offer and our 17 gymnasts brought home a haul of 9 medals (4 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals). Several others just missed out on medals. Rian Robertson won the Dev level 2 National Champion - a great success for the youngest competitor in the competition. At level 4 Gavin Herlihy took the National title with strong performances on all six apparatus.

    Our medal winners were

    • Dev. Lev. 4 Nat. Champion - Gavin Herlihy
    • Dev. Lev. 2 Nat. Champion - Rian Robertson
    • Dev. Level 4 Under 12 - Gavin Herlihy (Gold); Harry Kenny (Bronze)
    • Dev. Level 4 Over 12 – Cathal Browne (B)
    • Dev. Level 3 Under 10 - Toby Hammond (Gold)
    • Dev. Level 3 Over 12 - James Potter (Silver)
    • Dev. level 2 Under 7 - Rian Robertson (Gold)
    • Dev. Level 2 Under 8 - Aron Babkin (Silver)
    • Dev. level 2 Under 12 - Sebastian Crotty-Elder (G); Luke Dee-Brown (B)
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    2014 Salto Open
    As May drew to a close June 2014 kicked off with yet another competition. This time the Salto Open. This competition is used to select the Northern Ireland team for the BG Set Grade championships.  Oisín Noonan hot on his performance in Appenzeller Shield took part. In what was a magnificent performance, Oisín not only took gold at Grade 2 (equivalent to the Irish Intermediate Level 2), he placed first on all 7 pieces of apparatus. Well Done Oisín!!!

    Thanks to Rory who travelled as coach.
     

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    2014 Appenzeller Shield
    The 2014 Appenzeller Shield was hosted by Janz gymnastics in May 2014. Of the 50 gymnasts taking part exactly half (25) were from Phoenix GC.  This was the 9th running of this competition which is now a firm staple of the South Dublin Gymnastics Calendar.  This year the Intermediate Levels were added to the competition for the first time.  A great day for Phoenix with the club winning 14 medals - 7 Gold, 3 Silver and 4 Bronze medals. Our Gold medallists were Oisín Noonan (Inter 2),  James Potter, Toby Hammond,  Tiarnan Finn (Dev Level 2 Over 12, Under 10, Under 8 respectively); Sebastian Crotty- Elder, Rian Robertson & Johnny Woods (Dev level 2 Under 12, Under 7 & Under 6 respectively).

    The cap a great day Shane Lyndon, who had just returned from competing at Europeans and himself a former winner of the Appenzeller Shield presented the Appenzeller Shield to Toby Hammond. Toby won the shield  with one of the highest scores achieved in the 9 years of the competition. Well Done Toby!!!!

    A big thanks to all our coaches, judges and senior gymnasts who helped prepare the boys for competition and for officiating at the competition

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    2014 Junior European Championships
    Congratulations to Shane Lyndon on his performance at Junior European Championships in Bulgaria.  This was Shane's second time to compete at Junior Europeans which is held every two years. He was part of a four strong Irish Junior team who were selected following a very rigorous selection process. Up against Europe's best Under 18 gymnasts Shane turned in an excellent performance on both floor and vault scoring 12.866 and 12.466 respectively making a significant contribution to the Irish team score. Well done Shane, all that hard work paid off.!!!


     

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    2014 Celtic Cup Success
    After a three trial selection process both Illya and Morgan were selected for the Irish 2014 Minor Celtic Cup team was held in Perth, Scotland.  Unfortunately despite making target scores on their chosen pieces Ciarán, Shane and David did not travel as there was no Irish junior team this year.

    For the Irish Minor boys there were some excellent performances with the team winning bronze and just missing out on silver.  Illya had a new personal best breaking 60 for the first time whilst Morgan in his first international capped a fine performance winning silver in the all around competition.

    In the Commonwealth Invitational competition held alongside Celtic Cup, Luke Carson, a good friend of many in Phoenix took Pommel silver and parallel bars gold in what was the final selection event for Commonwealth games.

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    2014 National Championships
    In April 2014 the National Championships returned to Limerick University.  The boys program catered for Development Level 5, Intermediate and voluntary grades - Senior, Junior (under 18), Minor (Under 14) and Junior B . The Competition also doubled as the final trials for both European Championships and Celtic Cup.

    Thirteen boys  from Phoenix took part and we saw excellent performances from all our gymnasts with the club taking home 3 Gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals!!! Several others missed out on medals by very small margins. 

    Our medal winners were :

    • Minor boys All around – Morgan Girvin – Gold
    • Junior Floor – Shane Lyndon – Gold
    • Junior Rings – Ciarán McCormack – Bronze
    • Junior B All around – Pierce Lowe – Gold; Stephen Kelly Silver; Seamas Rossingnol – Bronze

    A big thanks to all our coaches, judges and officials who travelled to the competition.

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    The Big Move
    After years in the planning and several months of hard work Phoenix GC moved into a brand new training centre over St. Patricks Weekend in 2014. No more equipment moving in the rain.  With a new centre and much new equipment we now have one of the best facilities in Ireland. This will allow us to further develop our competitive section and expand our recreational program. n adults class and a girls program was also introduced.

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    2014 Northern Ireland Championships
    In February 2014 the Northern Ireland championships were held in Belfast. Shane Lyndon participated as a guest competing on floor where he achieved a new personal best of 13.15. This is a significant milestone marking his first time exceeding 13 on floor. Well Done!



     

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    2014 Spring Challenge
    In February 2014 Phoenix hosted the Spring Challenge. This national event saw almost 100 boys take part across development levels 2-4. Twenty Phoenix boys took part in what, for many, was their first big competition.  The boys performed very well taking 3 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze medals. Our young guns at level 2 started the medal haul with Rian and Jack taking Gold and Silver medals respectively at under 7. Next up Aran took silver at under 8 with Olver taking silver under 10. Sebastian wrapped up the morning session with Gold at under 12 scoring over 9 in both routines. The afternoon session saw our level 3 and 4 boys compete. At level 3 Toby took gold at under 10 in the largest and tightest competition of the day. James took bronze at over 12. In the level 4 event Cathal and Harry won silver and bronze respectively at Level 4 over 12. In addition to our medallists several boys narrowly missed out on medals.  Well done all. A big thanks to our coaches, judges and club committee for al the work organising and running the event.

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    Christmas Party and Annual Awards
    Our 2013 Christmas Party and annual awards took place in December. Illya Babkin and Ciarán McCormack were jointly named our Gymnast of the year. Ciarán made his international debut competing at both Celtic Cup and North Europeans in 2013, Whilst Illya marked a year with a  fine performances in Celtic Cup and a medal at Nationals. Both boys have been superb examples to the other boys in the club. Oisín Noonan was named Junior gymnast of the year – he won Appenzeller Shield earlier this year and has performed very strongly in competitions all year. Toby Hammond took the Minor award – Toby won medals at several events this year including level 2 nationals. Our best beginner went to Rian Robertson. With Robert Farrington now focusing on coaching Shane Lyndon was named our new club captain. Shane has competed at several internationals most recently North Europeans and is a previous gymnast of the year. There was a quick update on our new facility which we hope to be in early in the new year. Also 2014 will mark the club’s 10th birthday. A big thanks to our parents committee in particular Sarah and Carolyn who organised all our goodies.

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