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2012 News Archive


  1. Gymnast of The Year Awards
  2. 2012 Halloween Training Camps
  3. Coaching Changes for 2012/2013 Season
  4. 2012 Club training camp in Largs
  5. 2012 European Championships
  6. 2012 Level 2-4 National Championships
  7. 2012 Celtic Cup
  8. 2012 London Open
  9. 2012 Appenzeller Shield
  10. 2012 Celtic Cup and Junior European Trials
  11. Mike Talbot

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Gymnast of 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. Oisín 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

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2012 Halloween Training in Leeds & Lilleshall
Our 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..

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Coaching Changes for the 2012/2013 Season
Kirsten 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 regular basis.

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.

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2012 Club Training Camp in Largs
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 - Oisín 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.

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2012 European Championships
Shane 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 event.

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2012 Level 2-4 National Championships
On 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.  Oisín 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.

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2012 Celtic Cup
Ireland hosted the 2012 Celtic up on April 14th, 2012. Phoenix had 3 gymnasts on the Irish team. At minor level Illya Babkin made his international debut and was Ireland's top minor on both rings and floor despite being the youngest gymnast at the event.  At Junior level The Irish team won team gold helped by excellent performances by Shane and David. David score 54 on five pieces including 12.1 on floor, a new PB at this level. Shane had a new PB on vault with 13.05 and was third overall on floor with a very clean floor routine. well done to all three.

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2012 London Open
In March 2012 Shane and David travelled to Kent to compete in the London Open which is one of the oldest and most prestigious club competitions on the international circuit. First held over 100 years ago, this year clubs from Bulgaria, Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland and the UK took part. This was the boys first time competing in the event and was also Hugo Kieran's first time judging at it. Up against 50 of the best gymnasts in his age-group in the UK, Shane placed 15th on floor with a new PB on floor of 12.8. At Under 18 David Ryan had a new PB on vault of 12.8 additionally he successfully competed his new pommel routine. Well done boys.

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2012 Appenzeller Shield
Phoenix GC hosted the Appenzeller Shield in February 2012. Exactly 50 gymnasts took part across all ages in level 2-5.  Phoenix had 24 gymnasts competing with many of the level 2 boys taking part in their very first competition. A good day for the club with the club winning 13 medals 3 Gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze. Our gold medallists were Kevin MacEnrii (Level 4 Under 12); Anthony Karpovs (Level 3 Under 10) and Daniel Doran (level 2 Under 2) . Well done all!! A big thanks to our committee, coaches and judges who organised and ran the competition.

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2012 Celtic Cup and Junior European Trials
Trials for both Celtic Cup and Junior Europeans were held in Belfast in February 2012. Shane Lyndon, David Ryan and Illya Babkin all took part. This was Illya's first try-out for national squad. Competing in two full competitions in under 24 hours all the boys performed well achieving target scores on all the pieces they competed. Judged under full  Junior FIG code there was a new PB for David on pommel horse with Shane getting a new PB on floor. Illya went clean on all his routines which were judged on the Under 13 minor code. A big Thanks to Wayne and Andrew who prepared the boys for the trials and to Hugo who travelled as judge. Illya, Shane and David were all selected for Celtic Cup. In April following London Open Shane Lyndon was named part of the Irish team for European Championships. Congrats All!!

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Mike Talbot
On January 4th, 2012 Mike Talbot (Mr. T.) of Leeds passed away after a short illness. One of the top coaches in the UK, he was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the Leeds Centre of Excellence. Mike was a true friend of Phoenix GC. Over the years he facilitated several of our gymnasts training in Leeds and was always on hand to provide his coaching expertise any time we travelled there. Additionally he was our guest coach at all our training camps in Largs from 2005-2010 inclusive.  He missed our 2011 camp due to illness. A gentleman and friend he encouraged all, gymnasts and coaches alike, to reach their full potential. A real legend, all of us who knew him have our own personal memories. Mr T. will be missed by Phoenix GC and all in the gymnastics world. Ní bheidh a leithéid ann arís, ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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