Last weekend twenty-seven tumblers from Renmore Gymnastics took part in the National Tumbling Finals in Universirty of Limerick and came home with twenty-one medals and a trophy, consisting of twelve gold, four silver, five bronze and the overall national female champion title.
In the Level 1, 8,9,10 girls category, Síofra Davis won silver followed closely by her team mate Grace Haugh in bronze, and in the boys, Tom Kidd took the gold. In the girls elite 8,9,10 category, Renmore took the three podium spots with Emma Slevin in 1st, Kate Molloy in 2nd and Jane Heffernan in 3rd and elite boys, Éanna ó hEannaigh took the gold.
In Level 1, 13+ Rosalie Hynes toom a well deserved gold medal in a very tough competition.
In Level 2, 11-12 girls category, Alex-Marie McDonagh performed beautifully to take gold medal position with her team mate Aisling Connaughton taking bronze!
The rest of Renmore’s competitors competed in the elite stream. In Elite Boys 11-12, Hugo Kinehan who travels an hour and a half each direction from Cratloe, Co.Clare to train took gold after a great performance and his team mate Carrigh Murphy fought through illness to secure the bronze for himself.
Elite girls 11-12 again took a clean sweep with Sarah Hynes and Grace Colleran (who also travels all the way from Co.Clare to train) took a joint gold and after watching these girls compete it would be near impossible to seperate the two fantastic performances!! Maya Banarjee then took the remaining bronze after performing more difficult passes than her team mates which were of a very high standard for her age!
Elite boys 13-14, Darragh Moane of Raheen, Co.Limerick who also travels long distance to train under his Renmore coach took gold and maintains his unbeaten record at Nationals from the age of 8. Patrick Flanagan took the silver after an outstanding performance. Elite girls 13-14, Nicole Shaw and Emer Shimizu took gold and silver respectively after fabulous tumble passes!!
Elite boys 15-15 Dean Murray took gold and in the 15-16 girls Emma Greene took gold. Both these tumblers are training towards international competitions over the next few months and did fantastic competing very difficult tumble passes of very high standard.
Some of our tumblers were unlucky not to medal and were in very tough categories with big competition but still performed excently and all competed new, more difficult tumble passes than their last competition. These were Síofra Molloy, Anna Kidd, Aoife Walsh, Nicola Lawless, Eimear Flanagan, and Kim-Li Loke.
Finally the judges announced the finalists which consisted of the top six girls and top six boys between all levels and all age-groups of the day who would go head to head in the final with one shot to win the overall title of National Tumbling Champion of Ireland!
Renmore took ten of the available twelve spots in the finals and whilst the boys were beaten by a strong and experienced 17+ boy from the south, the girls held strong and after a tough battle with everybody giving their very best, Renmore’s Sarah Hynes took the title of Female National Tumbling Champion!! This was a massive achievement and a first for the club!! The rest of the finalists did fantastic but throughout the day every Renmore tumbler shone, looking strong and happy on the tumble track!!
Hard work and persistance pays off!! Well Done Renmore Tumblers!!