the Year Awards
At our annual Christmas Party we named our 2012 Gymnast of the Year awards. All
sections were hotly contested with many difficult decisions for the coaches. It
is great to see the progress the boys have made over the last 12 months with
many moving up competition levels from the previous year. Additionally we have
seen several talented gymnasts join the club during the year ensuring a bright
future ahead. This is testament to the work being done by both our gymnasts and
Shane Lyndon won The Gymnast of the Year Award. Shane
was Ireland's top scorer in the Under 13 section of The Celtic Cup. He also won
two medals at the Huelva Cup in Spain and finished third at this year's Level 6
National Championships. Illya babkin won the Elite Squad Award
(Levels 5-8). In 2011 he moved up from Level 5 to Level 6 where, at aged 9,
he was the youngest competitor. Currently he is preparing for Celtic Cup trials.
Kevin MacEnri won the Junior Squad Award (Levels 3&4),
he has significantly improved his scores over the last 12 months working
specially hard on his floor. Oisín Noonan won our Minor Squad Award
(Level 2). He won gold at Level 2 in the Appenzeller shield but had
to miss National Championships as he was too young too compete at national
level. Finally Oliver Davey won our Best
Beginner Award for the most improved of the gymnasts who joined this
year. Several other gymnasts were recognised for the performances this year.
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.
2011 North European
to Geoff Rellis who was part of the Irish Team at North European
Championships in Uppsala, Sweden during November 2011. The competition included
teams from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Wales, Scotland, etc. Geoff, who currently
trains in the UK, competed on all six apparatus scored 70.5 ,
including 12.7 on Floor, 13.4 on vault and 12.4 on p. bars. Whilst medals were
dominated by Wales, there was Irish success with Anthony O'Donnell wining bronze
2011 Halloween Training in Leeds
the Autumn mid-term break David and Shane travelled to Leeds for an intensive
four day training camp. New routines for the 2012 season were constructed and
excellent work done by both on all apparatus. There to assist, as always, was
Mr. T. and Lajos Sovago. Additionally GB national coach Barry Collie worked with
the boys on their floor skills. A big thanks to all the coaching staff in Leeds
for their assistance. In the evening the boys dispensed with the customary
cinema trip to go to see Leeds Vs Blackpool at Elland Road, which Leeds lost
New Committee for the 2011/2012 Season
GC recently appointed its committee for the new season which will be responsible
for the heavy admin work required for our growing club. Already the committee
has been busy having updated a number of policies and procedures including club
rules, implementing a sign-in book and new procedures for parental
supervision. We also hope to produce a club newsletter on a regular basis.
Phoenix GC is always in need of assistance. Fundraising and club and facility
development continue to be key drivers for the club. If you cane help on any of
these please let one of our committee members know. The full list of committee
members can be found on our key personnel page.
From a coaching perspective we said a goodbye to Claire Fergus as she embarks
on a PHD... We thank Claire for he contribution over the last few years.
2011 Summer Training in Leeds
late July Shane and avid travelled to Leeds GC for a short training camp. Training over 6 hours per day, the boys
worked closely with Lajos Sovago (Leeds GC Head Coach) and perfected many
skills. Mr T. also came along to watch the boys train. Phoenix GC are ever
grateful for the assistance and support we continue to get from the team in
Leeds. Outside of the gym there was a trip to the Royal Amory where everyone got
a chance to try out their cross-bow skills.
2011 Training camp in
July 2011 Phoenix held its seventh annual training camp in Largs, Scotland.
Sixteen gymnasts and six coaches from Phoenix along with four gymnasts and a
coach from Olympian attended. Whilst Pat McGrath was unable to attend for the
full week everyone was delighted that he was able to attend on for some of the
camp. A good weeks training was had by all with many new skills being
learnt with every gymnast being able to say they did a new skill for the first
For the first time in a number of years the rain stayed away in the evenings
allowing post-training activities such as swimming, bowling, a barbeque and, of
course, a couple of trips to Nardinis for ice-cream!!
A big thanks to Andrew, Wayne, German, Hugo and Rory who gave up their time to
travel. Without them camps as these could not happen.
2011 Level 2-4
May 2011 Phoenix played host to over 180 gymnasts and the Level 2-4 National
championships. This was by far the largest men's competition in Ireland
for over 20 years. Twenty Phoenix gymnasts took part and whilst unfortunately
we won no medals we had some great performances with several gymnasts finished
tantalising close to medals.. At level 3 Under 7, Rod McAuliffe was 4th
narrowly missing out on a medal. At level 2 Under 10 in a large field of 25
gymnasts Simon Mullen was 5th and Gavin Herlihy 6th
were both within 0.3 of a medal.
From set-up on Saturday to the end of the event on Sunday it was a huge club
effort. A big thanks to coaches, judges, club committee, parents and
score-keepers who organised, set-up, staffed and ran the event. Everyone was
tired on Sunday when we had the hall cleared and cleaned....but.... we are
already looking to 2012!!!!
Finally a big thanks to our parents committee organised a tuck-shop which raised
vital funds for the club.
Robert and David took part in the Huelva Cup in Spain in May 2011. This
international sees gymnasts from Europe and Latin America take part every year.
The Latin American connection comes from the fact that Columbus set sail on his
voyages from close to Huelva. Competing in the Under 16 category the boys had some
excellent results. Robert took all-around silver with David taking all-around
bronze. Both also won several apparatus medals. David had a new personal best on
vault with Robert performing well on parallel bars. Shane, competing on
FIG junior code for the first time competed on
two pieces and took silver on both floor and vault with two excellent routines and
a new personal best on vault. A big thanks to Wayne who travelled as
Before the competition the boys were brought to see where Columbus set sail
for America and had a chance to explore some of the historical sights of Huelva.
GC hosted the Appenzeller Shield in April 2011. Almost 50 gymnasts took part
across all ages in level 2-5. Phoenix had almost 30 gymnasts competing
with many of the level 2 boys taking part in their very first competition. The
level 2,3 & 4 boys were using this as a selection for National Championships in
May. Phoenix GC won a total of 17 medals - 6 Gold, 7 Silver and 4 Bronze. Our
gold medallists were Oisín Noonan (Level 2 Under 7), Harry Kenny (Level 2 Under
8), Simon Mullen (Level 2 Under 10), Rod McAuliffe (Level 3 Under 8), Benjamin
Hauer (Level 3 Under 10) and Jani O'Connell (Level 5 Over 12). Well done all!!
A big thanks to our committee, coaches and judges who organised and ran the
2011 Level 5-7
week after Celtic Cup The 2011 Level 5-7 National Championships were held in
Cork GC on March 19th 2011.. This is the national championships for
Ireland's advanced underage gymnasts and includes Level 5 (the highest of the
set competition program) and our voluntary national championships at Level 6
(minor) and, Level 7 (junior) and Level 8 (Senior). Phoenix GC had 9 gymnasts
including the boys who had competed the week before for Ireland at Celtic Cup.
Shane Lyndon took bronze at Level 6 helped by a
new personal best on parallel bars and strong scores on floor, vault and rings.
Also at level 6 there were good performances from John Binchy, and, from our
Level 6 debutants Illya Babkin and Adam Crossan. John, Illya and Adam all
competed on floor, vault and rings. At Level 7 Robert Farrington finished 4th
overall helped by his second place on pommels. David Ryan was placed third on
both floor and vault. Ciarán McCormack competed new
sills parallel bars and rings. At level 5 Over 12, Jani O'Connell finished 4th
narrowly missing out on a medal, whilst Seamus Rossingol finished 6th
in his first event at Level 5. Congratulations to all on their performance and a
big thanks to Wayne, Rory, German and Illya who travelled as coaches and to Hugo
who travelled as judge.
The 2011 Celtic Cup was held in Belfast on
2011. This is a five-way internatonal involving Ireland, Northern Ireelad,
Scotland, Wales and The Isle of Man. where half the Irish men's team was made up by Phoenix Gymnasts. Shane
Lyndon and John Binchy competed on the Under 13 team, whilst Robert Farrington
and David Ryan were making the big step-up to the Under 17 ranks. There was some
great performances from all the boys.
At Under 13, Shane, competing on five pieces, was Irelands top scorer finishing
joint 5th on floor and 3rd on vault. This was John's first
international and he went clean on the three pieces he competed and was also
joint 5th on floor with Shane. 12.7 was a popular floor score!!!
In the Under 17 competition Robert and David made valuable contributions to
Ireland's team bronze. Robert was Ireland's second highest scorer at this
age group, competing four pieces and doing some very good routines particularly
on pommels and rings. David, competing on three pieces, was 7th on
vault with a score of 12.7 and also had very clean floor and rings routines.
Also a big presence amongst the coaching and judging staff. Wayne Healy and
Andrew Healy were there as team coaches whilst Hugo Kieran was judging for the
first time at an international.
trails for the Irish Celtic Cup Team were held in Douglas GC in early February.
A great performance by the Phoenix boys saw four been selected for the Irish
team with Ciarán McCormack, who narrowly missed out on team selection, also
being selected for national squad. Robert Farrington and David Ryan (who missed
the trial due to illness) are both on the Under 17 team, with Shane Lyndon and
John Binchy on the Under 13 team. Wayne Healy and Andrew Healy were selected as
two of the team coaches with Hugo
Kieran selected as one of the Irish judges. Well done all!!!
A busy few weeks lie ahead as the boys polish off their routines for the Celtic
Cup Competition which will be held in Belfast on February 12th.