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
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 - 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.
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. 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.
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.
2012 London Open
March 2012 Shane and David travelled to Kent to compete in the London Open which
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.
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
Cup and Junior European 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!!
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.