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 the 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.
February 2013 Phoenix hosted the 2013 Spring Challenge. A national competition
brought over 120 gymnasts to Dublin to compete at both Level to and Level 3
across a multitude of ages. Eighteen boys from the club with some
At level 3 Oisin Noonan took Gold at Under 10, scoring over 9.0 on 3 pieces
and was the top scorer in each of his four pieces (floor, vault, parallel bars
and high bar). Gavin Herlihy took silver at under 12. Additionally several boys
were close to medals - at Under 10 Anton Karpovs and Harry Kenny were just
outside the medals. Whilst at Under 12 Mark Gallagher and Cathal Browne placed 4th
& 5th respectively. At Level 2 Daniel Doran took silver at Under 8.
Toby Hammond finished 4th at Under 10 missing out on a medal by 0.05.
For our other gymnasts there were good performances in what was for most their
first competition. Many of our boys can look forward to places on the new
National Development Squad.
A big thanks to our coaches, judges and club committee for al the work
organising and running the event. The club tuck shop brought in some valuable
the Year Awards
At our annual Christmas Party we
presented our Gymnast of the Year awards. All sections were hotly contested with
many difficult decisions for the coaches. The Mike Talbot Trophy for
The Gymnast Of The Year went to Shane Lyndon.
Shane was part of the Irish team at both Junior European championships and
Celtic Cup. He was also selected for Northern Europeans. Shane becomes the first
gymnast to win the award twice. At Elite Level (levels 5-8) we named two
gymnasts namely Illya Babkin (Under 12) and David Ryan
(Under 18). IIllya made his international debut at Celtic Cup in
2012 whilst in 2012 David took part in Celtic Cup and London Open.
Harry Kenny won the Junior Squad Award (Levels 3&4),
he has significantly improved his scores over the last 12 months.
Oisin Noonan won our Minor Squad Award
(Younger Level 3 gymnasts). He won medals at the Appenzeller shield and
narrowly missed out on a medal at nationals. Finally
Daniel Doran won our Best
Beginner Award for our best level 2 gymnast. Several other gymnasts were recognised for the performances this year,
including many boys who have recently joined the club.
A big thanks to our parents committee who organised this year's party
including the food and entertainment for everyone. It was great to have so many
parents in attendance at both the Party and meeting beforehand. A number of sub-commitees
have been formed to help with the long-term development of the club
Training in Leeds & Lilleshall
elite squad had a busy period over the Halloween midterm break. Six of the boys
travelled to the City of Leeds GC to train in their new centre which was
named after the late Mike Talbot. The boys trained well under the guidance of
Chris Low and worked many new skills on all pieces. Outside the gym there were
the usual trips to the cinema and into Leeds city centre. The boys also
got to try out some of the rides at a local fun-fare...well one or two chickened
out.... After Leeds four of the squad travelled to Lilleshall for national squad
training. Steeped in history and many gothic buildings, Lilleshall houses GB's
national centre for several sports including gymnastics. Once again the boys
worked hard learning new skills on several pieces and continuing work on the
skills learnt in Leeds. All in all a great week's training..
Coaching Changes for
the 2012/2013 Season
Ennis who has been coaching with the club since we started in 2004 has, due to
work commitments, has had to take a break from coaching. Kirsten who recently
graduated from college has taken up a marketing role which necessitates a lot of
travel. We thank Kirsten for all her work and commitment over the years and
wishes her well for the future. She has promised to drop in and say hello on a
Joining the coaching team this year are some of our senior gymnasts. Eoin
McQuaid, Robert Farringdon and Ciarán McCormack have all started coaching in our
recreation classes. Its great to see a new home grown generation of young
enthusiastic coaches coming through the ranks.
2012 Club Training Camp in
July 2012, twenty-four gymnasts from Phoenix GC and Olympian GC travelled to
Largs Scotland for our annual training camp. Pat McGrath also travelled as guest
coach. After a brief pause to remember Mr T. the camp settled down to a busy
work schedule. Our seniors had a daily fitness test starting with a
pre-breakfast run!! Throughout the week many new skills were learnt and honed
with everyone bringing away at least one new skill. It was good to see high bar
skills such as top-turn featuring amongst the new skills. At the end of the week
we awarded two prizes - Oisin Noonan won the award for hardest worker with Eoin
McQuaid winning the prize for the fitness tests. Evening activities, in between
rain showers, yed a barbeques, swimming, film night and.... of course....
Nardinis Ice Cream!!! A big thanks to Hugo and German who travelled as coaches.
Lyndon was part of the Irish team at European Championships in Montpellier, France. At aged 13 he
was the second youngest in the junior competition (under
18) and was Ireland's youngest male gymnast ever to compete at this
event. After a week pre-competition training in Avignon the boys travelled to
Montpellier. Shane had an excellent competition scoring 12.35 of floor
which placed him 95 out of 130 on this event. GB dominated the junior event but
there was success for Ireland wit Kieran Behan making floor final in the senior
2012 Level 2-4
April 15th, 2012 twenty-four gymnasts from the club (almost one third of the club) took part in the largest ever national
championships. Over 200 boys took part in the event which was in DCU. This
was the first time the boys had competed in a venue other than Phoenix as all
level 2-4 competitions since 2008 have all been in Phoenix!!! Our boys turned in
some great performances and several were unlucky to miss out on medals. Oisin was within 0.1 of a medal whilst both Harry and Rod also narrowly missed
out medals. A big thanks to German and Rory who travelled as coaches.