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  1. 2014/2015Season Begins
  2. 2014 Overseas Training Camp in Largs
  3. 2014 Season in Numbers
  4. 2014 Dev. level 2-4 National Championships
  5. 2014 Salto Open
  6. 2014 Appenzeller Shield
  7. 2014 Junior European Championships
  8. 2014 Celtic Cup Success
  9. 2014 National Championships
  10. The Big Move
  11. 2014 Northern Ireland Championships
  12. 2014 Spring Challenge
  13. Gymnast of The Year Awards
  14. 2013 Barbórka Cup Poland
  15. 2013 Winter Challenge, Cork
  16. 2013 North European Championships

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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 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.

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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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2013 Barbórka Cup, Poland
In 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.

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2013 Winter Challenge, Cork
In 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.

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2013 North European Championships
In 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.

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2013 Halloween Training Camp, Leeds
As 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 us.

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