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2013 News Archive


  1. Gymnast of The Year Awards
  2. 2013 Barbórka Cup Poland
  3. 2013 Winter Challenge, Cork
  4. 2013 North European Championships
  5. 2013 Halloween Training Camp, Leeds
  6. 2013 North Euro Champs Team Trials
  7. 2013 London Open
  8. Newly Qualified Judges
  9. 2013 MTC Training Camp, Cork
  10. 2013 Club Training Camp in Largs
  11. 2013 End of Year Club Competition
  12. 2013 National Squad Selection
  13. 2013 National Championships
  14. 2013 Celtic Cup
  15. 2013 Appenzeller Shield
  16. 2013 Celtic Cup Trials
  17. 2013 Spring Challenge

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Christmas Party and Annual Awards
Our 2013 Christmas Party and annual awards took place in December. Illya Babkin and Ciarán McCormack were jointly named our Gymnast of the year. Ciarán made his international debut competing at both Celtic Cup and North Europeans in 2013, Whilst Illya marked a year with a  fine performances in Celtic Cup and a medal at Nationals. Both boys have been superb examples to the other boys in the club. Oisín Noonan was named Junior gymnast of the year – he won Appenzeller Shield earlier this year and has performed very strongly in competitions all year. Toby Hammond took the Minor award – Toby won medals at several events this year including level 2 nationals. Our best beginner went to Rian Robertson. With Robert Farrington now focusing on coaching Shane Lyndon was named our new club captain. Shane has competed at several internationals most recently North Europeans and is a previous gymnast of the year. There was a quick update on our new facility which we hope to be in early in the new year. Also 2014 will mark the club’s 10th birthday. A big thanks to our parents committee in particular Sarah and Carolyn who organised all our goodies.

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2013 Barbórka Cup, Poland
In December 2013 Ciarán, David and Shane travelled to Poland to take part in the Barbórka Cup. Gymnasts from Poland, Lithuania, Czech republic, and Israel amongst others took part. Enroute the boys had a short trip to Auswitch which was both a interesting and sobering experience. The competition was in Zabrze, a coal mining world heritage site close to Krakow. Shane had a personal best (PB) on floor of 12.9 where he finished 7th , he finished 6th on vault and had a PB on rings. Ciarán achieved PBs on both floor and rings and also did a very clean parallel bar routine. David finished 9th on vault, was solid on rings and competed his new floor routine for the first time. A big thanks to Wayne for travelling with the boys.

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2013 Winter Challenge, Cork
In December 2013, eight of our level 2-4 gymnasts travelled to Cork for the Winter Challenge. An excellent day saw the boys winning three medals. First up was Sebastian at Level 2 Under 10, who won silver in a very large field.  In the afternoon session we had 7 boys competing, 6 had moved up level from Nationals with James competing in his first ever competition.  In Level 3 Toby Hammond took Bronze at Under 10, whilst at Level 4 Harry won Gold at Under 10.  Our other boys Daniel, Oliver, James, Gavin and Cathal also performed very well. A big thanks to our travelling officials - coaches Rory and Conor and judges Hugo and Ciarán - it was Ciarán's first competition as a judge.

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2013 North European Championships
In late November 2013 over 10 countries descended on Belfast for the Annual Northern European Championships. This is one of the most important competitions on the calendar.  Amongst the gymnasts competing was Olympian and World Championship Medallist Daniel Keatings of Scotland.  Shane Lyndon and Ciarán McCormack were both part of the Irish men's team in, what was for both, their first senior international.  Shane competed both a new floor routine and a new vault. He performed very well on floor scoring 12.5.  Ciarán, in just his first year as an international, competed on parallel bars where he had a solid performance. There was Irish success with Christopher O'Connor taking Gold on floor.

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2013 Halloween Training Camp, Leeds
As the clocks went back and winter drew in our elite squad beat Hurricane Jude in a sprint to Leeds for a four day training camp over the 2013 Halloween mid-term. Ciarán, Shane, David, Seamas and Illya all worked hard over working on new skills and preparing routines for the upcoming competition season. Chris Lowe (director of Leeds GC0 and Dave Murray were both on hand to give advice and assistance The boys also had some time out for a quick visit to Leeds City centre for some shopping.  With a good week had by all everyone was home in time for Halloween. A big thanks to City of Leeds Gymnastics club for hosting us.

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2013 North Euro Champs Team Trials
Trials for the Irish Team for North European Championships were held in Cork in October 2013 with the final trial in Phoenix in early November. Whilst being a senior event, junior gymnasts were also invited to trial. Shane Lyndon and Ciarán McCormack both took part. With a tough selection criteria the boys had to increase their existing routine content and needed personal bests on their chosen apparatus. Both boys did extremely well i in the trial process with both gaining selection - Shane was selected on floor and vault with Ciarán selected on Parallel bars. 

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2013 London Open
The 2013/2014 competition began straight after the summer holidays.  On Sept 7th 2013 Shane, Ciarán, David and Oisín all headed off to London for the London Open and London Development Open. The London Open on the Saturday included several of the top juniors and seniors in Europe including several Olympic, World and European medallists. Gymnasts from the UK, Russia, Norway, Finland and Ireland took part in what is one of the most prestigious club events in Europe.  The Phoenix boys were drawn in a group that included the boys who finished 1st - 3rd in the Under18 event, two of whom are already European champions. Shane finished 14th on floor, whilst Ciarán posted new personal best on Rings and floor. David had a solid competition performing well on vault and rings. After the event the boys had an excursion into London for shopping and sight seeing.  On the Sunday Oisín joined over 200 gymnasts for the London Development Open. This was Oisín's first competition abroad and he performed well on all pieces especially on vault. A big thanks to Rory who travelled as coach

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Newly Qualified Judges
Congrats to our team of newly qualified judges. Rory, Ciarán, Robert, Conor, Luke and Cormac who all attended a judging course in August 2013 with all qualifying as club judges. This brings to 10 ten number of judges we have in the club. having all our coaches qualified as both coaches and judges is critical as it provides a greater number of judges for competition and ensures our gymnasts have the best oversight and advice when preparing for competition. 

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2013 MTC Training Camp, Cork
In August 2013, Oisín and Toby joined over 50 gymnasts for a three day training camp hosted by the MTC. Amongst the coaches present were Paul Hall (GB national coach and coach to several Olympic Medalists), Kieraan Behan (Irish Olympian), Sally Filmer (performane director) Barry Winch and Simon Gale and several members of the national squad coaching team.  Emphasis for the weekend was work developing the finesse needed for top quality gymnastics. Oisín also used the weekend to prepare for London Open getting several pointers from Colm Murray (International judge and MTC chair). Toby focused on getting a lot of work done on pommels and parallel bars in readiness for next year's season.

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2013 Club Training Camp in Largs
In July 2013, almost 30 gymnasts from Phoenix GC and Olympian GC travelled to Largs Scotland for our annual training camp. Pat McGrath also travelled as guest coach. A busy week for all starting with a pre-breakfast run every morning and ending each day with a conditioning circuit!! Throughout a very intensive weeks of training week many new skills were learnt and honed in what was one of our best ever camps. In between training the boys enjoyed bowling, barbeques and, of course, Nardinis Ice Cream. A big thanks to all the coaches who travelled without Rory, Hugo, German, Fionn and Luke camps such as these could never happen.

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2013 End of Year competition
To wrap up the season we had an end of year competition and partyfor all the boys in our Saturday 11:30 & 12:30 classes. For all it was their first competition and gives them experience for when the start competing against the boys from other clubs. We saw some great performances from all with Joe, Rian, Ewan, Jude and Thomas all winning their respective group competitions.  The Phoenix boys on the newly selected national squad did a short display during the event. Well done all!

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2013 National Squad Selection
Following National Championships in Limerick The National squad for the 2013/2014 season was selected. The squad structure includes a new development squad along the squads from which international teams will be selected. Squads will train and be monitored on a regular basis.  Phoenix has Eleven gymnast on the squads. Congrats to the following on their selection:

  • Under 18 - Shane Lyndon; Robert Farrington; Ciarán McCormack.
  • Under 14 - Illya Babkin & Morgan Girvin
  • Olympic Start Squad- Oisín Noonan, Oleg Glingeanu,
  • Development squad - Harry Kenny, Gavin Herlihy, Toby Hamilton
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2013 National Championships
On 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 Oisín Noonan finishing fourth in Intermediate level 1 - 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!!!

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2013 Celtic Cup
Illya Babkin, Robert Farrington, Ciarán McCormack were all part of the Irish team that took part in the 2013 Celtic Cup held in the Isle of Mann in may 2013.  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!!!

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2013 Appenzeller Shield
Phoenix 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), Oisín 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 Oisín Noonan won the Appenzeller Shield which was last won by one of our gymnasts in 2010. Well done all

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2013 Celtic Cup Trials
In March 2013 Robert Farrington, Ciarán McCormack. and Illya Babkin took part in Celtic Cup trials in Cork. Over two days the boys competed in two separate control competitions. All did well with Illya doing six pieces in a voluntary competition for the very first time. He also competed Tsuk vault.  In the Junior section Robert competed 4 routines achieving qualification scores on all pieces. Likewise Ciarán competed on 4 pieces and achieving selection score on all four.  Following a further trial in April aall three boys were selected to represent Ireland in the 2013 Celtic Cup in the Isle of Man...

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2013 Spring Challenge
In 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 excellent results.

At level 3 Oisínin 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 funds.

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