On the 27th of October, 35 gymnasts from Renmore Gymnastics travelled to Co.Meath for the national tumbling finals and brought home with them a whopping 27 medals! The day started with the regional 2 level girls and boys. For all of these gymnasts, this was their first ever tumbling competition and most had only just learned these new skills in time to compete.The competition was tough, and everyone performed with class!
In the 8,9,10 girls Aoife Walsh performed outstandingly to take the gold with the highest score of all regional 2 age-groups, with Carrie Joyce and Grace Haugh also doing very well. The boys in this age group were Tom Kidd and Eanna O Heanaigh who took the gold and silver respectively.
In 11-12 category, Eimear Flanagan took bronze with Anna Kidd, Natasha Johnson and Siofra Molloy not far behind, and Nicola Lawless took a well deserved gold in the 13-14 age group.
This brought us to the NDP Level 1. Once again this was a first tumbling competition for all but one of our gymnasts and everyone did fantastic. In the girls 8,9,10 category, Daniela Goluba took the gold, with Kim-Li Loke taking silver. Maya Banarjee was unlucky to fall on a landing but made her coaches very proud with her ability to deal with the disappointment of falling and perform so well in the other skills. In the 11-12 girls, Gracie Colleran took gold with the highest score across all categories and age-groups of the day!!, and in the 13+ Jenny Cunningham took silver with Rosalie Hynes only 0.75 behind her. In the boys NDP 1 11-12, Carrigh Murphy executed very clean passes and took the gold medal.
On to the NDP Level 2 where Aisling Fullar walked away with the gold medal earning the highest score across all age-groups of NDP 2, and Alex-Marie McDonagh was unlucky to miss out on the medals but performed a fantastic 2nd run. In NDP 3 the Shimizu sisters topped the medal count with Emer taking the gold in the 11-12 age group and Erin taking gold in the 13+ age group.
The competition then went onto the age-group championships where the tumblers could chose to do “free passes” which must be consisting of 8 FIG elements and perform their skills of choice completing longer, slightly more difficult passes. In the 8,9,10 category Kate Molloy nailed her 2 runs and took a well deserved gold with Emma Slevin taping up a sore foot to yet still, power down the track and take silver and Jane Heffernan after an unlucky first pass took bronze. It was the girls first ever tumbling competition also, and we were very proud of them! In the 11-12 girls, Sarah Hynes took gold with almost flawless tumble passes, at her first ever tumbling competition, with Amy O Neill taking silver having successfully completed 2 new and difficult tumbling passes and Roisin Curran took bronze with an unlucky first pass. In the boys 11-12 Hugo Kinahan took yet another gold medal!
Finally the day ended with the NDP Level 6, which on this occasion was the most difficult category. In the 13-14 girls, our two buddies Nicole Shaw and Emma Greene were up against each other. Nicole took Gold and Emma happily took the silver, both fighting hadr and doing very well. In the boys 13-14’s Darragh Moane performed amazingly and took yet another gold medal to add to his collection, remaining unbeaten at National championships since he was 8 years old. Patrick Flanagan held the nerves at bay and took silver with 2 very difficult new passes, and Dean Murray took Bronze having decided to compete the highest difficulty skill of the day, his newly learned double tuck, but was unlucky not to land. In the 15+ girls, Becky O Donnell after 3 and a half years in retirement made a come-back to take gold and Niamh Ashmore took bronze, also competing new skills for the first time ever.
In total the club took 15 gold, 7 silver and 5 bronze medals with everyone including the non-medalists doing themselves and the club very proud. Most importantly everybody went out there, did their best, supported their team-mates and had fun! Well done everybody, we are extremely proud of you!!