Overseas Training Camp in Largs
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.
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
- 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 &
- 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 &
- 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
- 1 Very Successful Year!
A big thanks to all who made it happen
Dev Level 2-4 National Championships
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)
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.
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
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
team score. Well done Shane, all that hard work paid off.!!!
2014 Celtic Cup
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.
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. A big thanks to all our tr
Our medal winners were :
- Minor boys All around – Morgan Girvin – Gold
- Junior Floor – Shane Lyndon
- 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
The Big Move
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.
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. Well Done!
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. 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.
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 Bronze 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 Oisín 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 Oisín joined over 200 gymnasts
for the London Development Open. This was Oisín'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, Oisín 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. Oisín
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.