2014 Northern Ireland
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. Shane and the rest of the elite squad are busy preparing
for Celtic Cup and European Championship trials. Additionally our elite, junior
and minor squads are all reading for National Championships in March. Good luck
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 upthe morning session with Gold at
under 12 scoring over 9 in both routines. The afternoon session saw our level 3
and 4 boys compte. 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.
and Annual Awards
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. Oisin 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.
2013 Barbórka Cup,
December 2013 Ciarán, David and Shane travelled to Poland to take part in the
Barbórka Cup. Gymnasts from Poland, Lithuania, Czech republic, and Israel
amongst others took part. Enroute the boys had a short trip to Auswitch which
was both a interesting and sobering experience. The competition was in Zabrze, a
coal mining world heritage site close to Krakow. Shane had a personal best (PB)
on floor of 12.9 where he finished 7th , he finished 6th on vault and had a PB
on rings. Ciarán achieved PBs on both floor and rings and also did a very clean
parallel bar routine. David finished 9th on vault, was solid on rings and
competed his new floor routine for the first time. A big thanks to Wayne for
travelling with the boys.
December 2013, eight of our level 2-4 gymnasts travelled to Cork for the Winter
Challenge. An excellent day saw the boys winning three medals. First up was
Sebastian at Level 2 Under 10, who won silver in a very large field. In
the afternoon session we had 7 boys competing, 6 had moved up level from
Nationals with James competing in his first ever competition. In Level 3
Toby Hammond took Silver at Under 10, whilst at Level 4 Harry won Gold at Under
10. Our other boys Daniel, Oliver, James, Gavin and Cathal also performed
very well. A big thanks to our travelling officials - coaches Rory and Conor and
judges Hugo and Ciarán - it was Ciarán's first competition as a judge.
late November 2013 over 10 countries descended on Belfast for the Annual
Northern European Championships. This is one of the most important competitions
on the calendar. Amongst the gymnasts competing was Olympian and World
Championship Medallist Daniel Keatings of Scotland. Shane Lyndon and
Ciarán McCormack were both part of the Irish men's team in, what was for both,
their first senior international. Shane competed both a new floor routine
and a new vault. He performed very well on floor scoring 12.5. Ciarán, in
just his first year as an international, competed on parallel bars where he had
a solid performance. There was Irish success with Christopher O'Connor taking
Gold on floor.
Training Camp, Leeds
the clocks went back and winter drew in our elite squad beat Hurricane Jude in a
sprint to Leeds for a four day training camp over the 2013 Halloween mid-term.
Ciarán, Shane, David, Seamas and Illya all worked hard over working on new
skills and preparing routines for the upcoming competition season. Chris Lowe
(director of Leeds GC0 and Dave Murray were both on hand to give advice and
assistance The boys also had some time out for a quick visit to Leeds City
centre for some shopping. With a good week had by all everyone was home in
time for Halloween. A big thanks to City of Leeds Gymnastics club for hosting
Euro Champs Team Trials
for the Irish Team for North European Championships were held in Cork in October
2013 with the final trial in Phoenix in early November. Whilst being a senior event, junior gymnasts were also invited to trial.
Shane Lyndon and Ciarán McCormack both took part. With a tough selection
criteria the boys had to increase their existing routine content and needed
personal bests on their chosen apparatus. Both boys did extremely well i in the
trial process with both gaining selection - Shane was selected on floor and
vault with Ciarán selected on Parallel bars.
2013 London Open
2013/2014 competition began straight after the summer holidays. On Sept 7th
2013 Shane, Ciarán, David and Oisin all headed off to London for the London Open
and London Development Open. The London Open on the Saturday included several of
the top juniors and seniors in Europe including several Olympic, World and
European medallists. Gymnasts from the UK, Russia, Norway, Finland and Ireland
took part in what is one of the most prestigious club events in Europe.
The Phoenix boys were drawn in a group that included the boys who finished 1st
- 3rd in the Under18 event, two of whom are already European
champions. Shane finished 14th on floor, whilst Ciarán posted new
personal best on Rings and floor. David had a solid competition performing well
on vault and rings. After the event the boys had an excursion into London for
shopping and sight seeing. On the Sunday Oisin joined over 200 gymnasts
for the London Development Open. This was Oisin's first competition abroad and
he performed well on all pieces especially on vault. A big thanks to Rory who
travelled as coach
Newly Qualified Judges
to our team of newly qualified judges. Rory, Ciarán, Robert, Conor, Luke and
Cormac who all attended a judging course in August 2013 with all qualifying as
club judges. This brings to 10 ten number of judges we have in the club. having
all our coaches qualified as both coaches and judges is critical as it provides
a greater number of judges for competition and ensures our gymnasts have the
best oversight and advice when preparing for competition.
2013 MTC Training
August 2013, Oisin and Toby joined over 50 gymnasts for a three day training
camp hosted by the MTC. Amongst the coaches present were Paul Hall (GB national
coach and coach to several Olympic Medalists), Kieraan Behan (Irish
Olympian), Sally Filmer (performane director) Barry Winch and Simon Gale and
several members of the national squad coaching team. Emphasis for the
weekend was work developing the finesse needed for top quality gymnastics. Oisin
also used the weekend to prepare for London Open getting several pointers
from Colm Murray (International judge and MTC chair). Toby focused on getting a lot of work done on
pommels and parallel bars in readiness for next year's season.
2013 Club Training Camp in
July 2013, almost 30 gymnasts from Phoenix GC and Olympian GC travelled to
Largs Scotland for our annual training camp. Pat McGrath also travelled as guest
coach. A busy week for all starting with a pre-breakfast run every morning and
ending each day with a conditioning circuit!! Throughout a very intensive weeks
of training week many new skills were learnt and honed in what was one of our
best ever camps. In between training the boys enjoyed bowling, barbeques and, of
course, Nardinis Ice Cream. A big thanks to all the coaches who travelled
without Rory, Hugo, German, Fionn and Luke camps such as these could never
2013 End of Year
wrap up the season we had an end of year competition and partyfor all the boys in our
Saturday 11:30 & 12:30 classes. For all it was their first competition and gives
them experience for when the start competing against the boys from other clubs.
We saw some great performances from all with Joe, Rian, Ewan, Jude and Thomas
all winning their respective group competitions. The Phoenix boys on the
newly selected national squad did a short display during the event. Well done
National Squad Selection
National Championships in Limerick The National squad for the 2013/2014 season
was selected. The squad structure includes a new development squad along the squads from
which international teams will be selected. Squads will train and be monitored
on a regular basis. Phoenix has Eleven gymnast on the squads. Congrats to
the following on their selection:
- Under 18 - Shane Lyndon; Robert Farrington; Ciarán McCormack.
- Under 14 - Illya Babkin & Morgan Girvin
- Olympic Start Squad- Oisin Noonan,
- Development squad - Harry Kenny, Gavin Herlihy, Toby Hamilton
May 18th, 19th almost 200 MAG gymnasts descended on Limerick
University for 2013 National championships, Amongst them 17 Phoenix Gymnasts.
Across the weekend there were National Championships in Men's Artistic Women's
Artistic and Tumbling were held in a true festival of gymnastics.
We had a
haul of six medals (1 Gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze) across the weekend. Our Level
3 boys got things moving with Harry Byrne taking Silver at under 10 with
Gavin Herlihy being just outside the medals at Under 12 in fourth. Next up
our level 4 boys with very strong performance but unfortunately no medals. In session 3
were our level 2 boys, Daniel Doran took
Gold at Under 8 with Toby Hammond taking silver at under 9 in one of the biggest
categories of the weekend. The first session on Sunday brought more medals
- Illya Babkin followed up on his Celtic up performance taking bronze at FIG Minor
whilst Cormac MacGrory and Oleg Glingeanu both took bronze at Level 5 in
Over 12 and Under 12 respectively. Whilst not doing six pieces Ciarán and
Robert performed very well in the FIG Junior section. The day closed with Oisin
Noonan finishing fourth in Intermediate level 1 - largest section of the weekend. Well done
all. A big thanks to all our coaches, judges and floor managers who helped make
this a successful event. Fionn, having been ambushed by group of 8&9 year old
gymnasts has managed to recover his shoes!!!
Babkin, Robert Farrington, Ciarán McCormack were all part of the Irish team that
took part in the 2013 Celtic Cup. After an early morning start the team
trained in Liverpool where they met Beth Tweddle, This was followed flight to
the Isle of Man for the final competition training and the competition itself.
For Illya it was second Celtic Cup and competed 5 apparatus including Pommels
and Parallel Bars for the first time at an international. He competed five clean
routines with new personal best on floor. Robert, a veteran of several
Celtic Cup had excellent performances on his four apparatus with a new PB on
parallel bars. Ciarán, making his international performance went clean on all
his routines and also had a new PB on parallel bars. Well done!!!
GC hosted the Appenzeller Shield in April 2013 with 49 gymnasts taking part
across all ages in levels 2-5. Phoenix had 22 gymnasts competing
with a number of the level 2 boys taking part in their very first competition. A good day for the club with
the club winning 12 medals - 5 Gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze with several
others narrowly missing out on medals. Our gold medallists
were Cathal Browne (Level 3 Under 12), Oisin Noonan (Level 3 Under 10), Toby
Hammond (Level 2 Under 10), Daniel Doran (Level 2 Under 8) and Oran Babkin
(level 2 Under 7) . To round off the day Oisin Noonan won the Appenzeller Shield
which was last won by one of our gymnasts in 2010. Well done all
Babkin, Robert Farrington, Ciarán McCormack were all selected for the Irish
Celtic Cup team following a three trial process in March and April .
Spread over two weekends in Cork the boys had to take part in three full
competitions. Illya has qualified to compete on all six pieces and hopes
to compete some new elements. At Under 17 Robert and Ciarán were selected
to compete on 4 pieces each. This will be Ciarán first international.