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2011 News Archive


  1. Gymnast of the Year Awards
  2. 2011 North European Championships
  3. 2011 Halloween Training in Leeds
  4. New Club Committee for 2011/2012
  5. 2011 Summer Training in Leeds
  6. 2011 Training camp in Largs
  7. 2011 Level 2-4 National championships
  8. 2011 Huelva Cup, Spain
  9. 2011 Appenzeller Shield
  10. 2011 Level 5-7 National Championships
  11. 2011 Celtic Cup
  12. 2011 Celtic Cup Trials

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Gymnast of 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 coaches!

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.

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2011 North European Championships
Congratulations 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 on floor.

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2011 Halloween Training in Leeds
Over 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 5-0.

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New Committee for the 2011/2012 Season
Phoenix 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.

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2011 Summer Training in Leeds
In 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.

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2011 Training camp in Largs
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 time!!!

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.

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2011 Level 2-4 National Championships
In 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.

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2011 Huelva Cup
Shane, 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 coach!

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.

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2011 Appenzeller Shield
Phoenix 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 competition.

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2011 Level 5-7 National Championships
One 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.

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2011 Celtic Cup
The 2011 Celtic Cup was held in Belfast on March 12th 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. 

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2011 Celtic Cup Trials
Final 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.

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