2005 News Archive
South Dublin Regional Level 2 Competition
to the Phoenix gymnasts won five medals at the regional level 2 competition held
in Olympian GC on December 11th 2005 A total of seven of our
gymnasts qualified to represent the region at the nationals finals in Cork in
February 2006. This was a great achievement for the boys most of whom
started gymnastics in 2005. For the record our medal winners were:
- Under 8 : Adam Crossan (Silver)
- Under 10 : Conor Kennedy (Silver) & Patrick Ward
- Under 12 : Hugh Allen (Gold) & Ronan Roche-Griffin
South Dublin Boys Regional
After over a year of
inactivity, the South Dublin Boys Regional Squad was re-launched. The first
squad session which was held in Olympian on November 9th, 2005 was well attended
by gymnasts from Phoenix, Olympian and Excel. Squad sessions will be held
monthly alternating between Phoenix GC and Olympian GC. We hope that under the
direction of squad directors Adam Smith (Phoenix) and Dermot Ryan (Olympian)
some of our newer and younger regional squad members will go on to achieve
national squad status and join five of their fellow regional squad members on
national squad. It is also hoped the squad will act as a forum for gymnasts and
coaches from different clubs in the region to get to know one another better.
2005 North South Friendly
Geoff Rellis, Owen Hunt and Luke Coward were due represent Phoenix GC at the
North South Friendly International which was to be held in Lisburn on October 30th
However, the competition was postponed at short notice owing to lack of entries.
A small competition was held in Phoenix for our two under 10 gymnasts who had
been working hard for the international. Luke came first with Owen second.
2005 North European Championships
to Wayne Healy
of Phoenix who represented Ireland at the North
European championships held in Belfast on October 1st & 2nd
2005. This was
the first time in over eight years that Ireland had a gymnast take part in
the men's competition. As one of the younger competitors Wayne turned in an
excellent performance in this high profile competition.
Phoenix Gymnast wins Gold at Community Games
Congratulations to Geoff Rellis who took Gold in the Under 16 age group of
the Gymnastics competition at the 2005 Community Games Finals held in Mosney on
August 20th & 21st 2005. Geoff was representing
his native county of Kildare.
2005 NDP Championships, Cardiff
Three of the five Irish gymnasts who competed at NDPs on July 16th & 17th
2005 were from Phoenix.
Congratulations to Wayne Healy who finished 4th in the Open age section; Geoff
Rellis 6th in youth and Owen Hunt, 40th in Primary 4. The NDPs
(National Development Program) are one the most important competitions within
the British Gymnastics calendar and caters for gymnasts of all ages. Ireland
compete as guests.
Club Training Camp - Largs 2005
Phoenix Gymnastics Club held its first annual summer training camp in The Inverclyde National Training Centre in Largs, Scotland
from July 4th-7th 2005.
Twelve gymnasts from Phoenix attended along with guest gymnasts from Leeds and
Leixlip. Three senior guest coaches namely Mike Talbot, Andy Butcher (both from
Leeds) and Pat McGrath also came along to lend their expertise. A great time was
had by all with many of the gymnasts mastering new skills. It is hoped this
training camp will become an annual event for our competition squads.
Phoenix gymnasts win medals
at International in Belgium
Healy took Gold at Under 18 section and Geoff Rellis took Bronze at
Under 16 in the 'Tournoi International Belgique'
on May 14th 2005. Luke Coward, who had recently moved to the
club, took Gold at Under 10. Congratulations to all three! The Tournoi is an annual international competition held in Stembert, Belgium. Teams from Belgium, The Netherlands,
Malta, Luxemburg, England and Ireland took part.
2005 National Championships
Congratulations to the Phoenix team on their performance at National
Championships on April 23rd 2005. Wayne Healy came second in the Under 18 all-round competition and
won the high-bar national apparatus championships. Geoff came 5th.
Unfortunately due to illness Hugo Kieran was unable to compete.
Easter Training Camp - Largs
National Squad members from both Phoenix Gymnastics Club and Muckross
Gymnastics Club travelled from the Celtic Cup Competition in Perth, Scotland to
a 5 day training camp in The Inverclyde National Sports Centre. A good training
camp was had by all.
2005 Celtic Cup
Celtic Cup is an International Competition between Ireland, Scotland, Wales
and Northern Ireland. It is an annual competition held in alternating countries
and in 2005 was held in Perth, Scotland on March 26th. Ireland sent three teams namely Boys under 17, Girls under 17 and Girls under
Two Phoenix gymnasts (Wayne Healy & Geoff Rellis) were part of the Irish
boys under 17 team. Wayne was Ireland's top scorer with 42.05 placing 11th
overall, additionally he finished 4th on vault with an impressive 8.55 score for
his straight tsukahara. Geoff finished in 14th position overall with a score of
39.30, he had the cleanest routine of the day with 0.15 deductions on Parallel
Bars scoring 7.05. Between them the Phoenix boys were Ireland's top scorers on
five of the six pieces.
Congratulations to both on their performance.
Interclub Friendly, March 2005
to the Phoenix gymnasts who won six medals at the interclub friendly between
Olympian, Leixlip and Phoenix held on March 13th 2005. These were the first
medals won by the club since its foundation in September 2004. For the history books, the club's first medal winners were:
- Level 3, Under 10 - Colm O'Reilly (Gold)
- Level 3, Under 12 - John Fleming (Gold), Kieran
Murphy (Silver), John Walsh (Bronze)
- Level 4, Under 14 - Cormac Nolan (Gold), Conor
The other team members were Brian Leader and Philip McCarthy who both narrowly missed
out on medals.
RTE visits Phoenix
In March 2005 RTE recorded a short piece on men's gymnastics in
Ireland for the 'Go For It' program. Cormac Nolan was set a gymnastics challenge by Wayne
Healy to be learnt in a
week. In addition to showing Cormac's challenge of doing 10 summersaults off the
trampet in 60 seconds, it also profiled the club. This gave great publicity to
the club during its early formative months. The show was aired on March 30th 2005.
Lyon Training Camp
In February 2005 three gymnasts Wayne Healy, Arthur Henry and Hugo Kieran
travelled to the National Centre of Excellence in Lyon in France for a week long
training camp under the guidance of top French coach Henri-Paul Pecolo. Lyon is
the home gym of Yann Cucherat, medallist on parallel bars at a number of World
and European championships. Prior to the camp there was a quick stop off in
Paris to visit Euro-Disney.