Meet the Coaches


Renmore Gymnastic’s has a dynamic and energetic international mix of coaches all sharing their passion for a sport they love and always striving to develop their teaching methodologies. We are vigilant to never compromise the standard of gymnastics training, so of course all new coaches employed represent a level and standard of training that we are proud to offer our members. Coach education will always remain a priority for us, the strength of any coaching team relies on all involved being on the same page, they all need to LOVE teaching gymnastics and they all need to be involved for one main reason alone, our members. RGC is very aware that gymnastics knowledge can never be assumed, it’s earnt and one clear strength across our entire team is that not one of them is prepared to stop learning new developments, or new teaching methods for even a second. Renmore Gymnastics offers an organic environment full of new ideas, and structured training plans (to the minute) that allows all gymnasts to get the very most out of their gymnastics experience.


WAG PROGRAMME (Women’s Artistic Gymnastics)

SALLY BATLEY –  ‘Head Coach and Head of Competitive Programme’




Who am I? I am 24 years old. I finished college a couple of years ago and decided I wanted to full time coach. I love coaching and wouldn’t want to do anything else!!!I trained in RGC from 8 until I was 16 and then fell in love with coaching. I work with alot of groups in the competitive stream and feel very lucky to be doing so !!!

Why RGC? Well I started training in RGC when I was 8 back when we trained in a community centre with very little equipment and had to unpack and pack it everyday. But even then I loved it.When Sally arrived when I was 12 years old that’s when the real magic began to happen. I am very lucky to have been here from the start and watch the growth of our tiny recreational gym to the amazing facility we have now. I have worked under the best mentor for years Sally Batley who has most definitely shaped me into the coach I am today. We are passionate about having a strong coaching team here at RGC and to me that’s what makes working here so special. We are a family  (a very odd one) but a family all the same. The gymnasts in RGC make me so proud which makes it all the easier to do my job !!!

My favourite gymnast: I like Shawn Johnson so powerful and sharp.




Who am I?  I joined RGC as a gymnast in 2000 and haven’t looked back since. I trained mainly in women’s artistic gymnastics but also competed in acrobatics and tumbling. I became interested in coaching at the age of 11 and did my first coaching course at 16. I am also a qualified WAG judge and I love using my experience as a judge to help gymnasts I coach. When not at the gym I have been finishing up University with an Undergraduate and a Masters degree now completed. Hopefully in the next few years I will finish up my final set of exams and qualify as a Chartered Accountant.

Why RGC? I have been involved with RGC since I started training at 7 years old when there was less than 50 members!! I have grown up with the gym and watched it change from a community centre gym pulling out equipment every session to the fully equipped permanent set up we have today. I have been involved in many different disciplines of gymnastics (whether training or coaching); WAG, acrobatics, tumbling and rhythmic but my favourite discipline is WAG and I love working with all types of competitive squads.The family spirit and support at RGC is incredible and I couldn’t imagine a better gym to be a part of!

My favourite gymnast: There have been so many amazing gymnasts over the years it is so hard to pick just one! I loved the powerhouse tumbling of Shawn Johnson, the elegance and grace of Nastia Liukin and at the moment the all-around brilliance of Simone Biles is just hard to beat!





REC PROGRAMME (Recreational Programme -available to all members)

SAMANTHA MARCIANO – ‘Head of Recreational Programme’

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Who am I? I am a blow in all the way from NY. I moved to Galway on a one way ticket for a brief study abroad semester during the summer of 2008 and still haven’t quite worked out how to leave again! I fell in love with Galway and RGC so after 5 or 6 college degrees and a wide variety of other professional experiences and continuously finding myself back in the gym like a boomerang I am glad to think I have found a home at RGC.

Why RGC? I love the pure genuine passion for gymnastics in the room! Everyone in the club comes in because they love the sport with no agenda other than to embrace the safe fun and progressive potential of every member big or small.

My favourite gymnast: Today my favourite gymnast is Kerri Strug from the Magnificent Seven.



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Who am I? I am a rhythmic gymnastics coach and ISTD ballet teacher from England. I have been coaching gymnastics and dance now for several years and have worked in England, Denmark, Spain, Mexico and Ireland. I was a rhythmic gymnast for 16 years, and competed at an international level. I was part of a rhythmic group that won the British Championships and trained as part of the team that worked towards the 2012 Olympics.

Why RGC? I started at RGC in January 2017, and immediately loved the environment and ambiance of the place. All coaches are friendly and very welcoming to new staff; and RGC has to be one of the most organised and passionate clubs I have been to.

My favourite gymnast: Evgenia Kanaeva and Yana Kudryavtseva (rhythmic) from Russia. They performed with such elegance and were always so original and creative with their routines.



Who am I? I’m 16 years old and currently in secondary school. I have been involved in the sport of gymnastics from the age of 4. My mom enrolled me when I was four and I began training doing an hour a week and by the time I finished I was doing about 20 hours a week. I really enjoyed the years involved in this and got to meet lots of different gymnasts and travel to many gyms both in Ireland and abroad.  The training schedule was very hectic but it led to had many highlights over the years. In my last year of training I was lucky enough to reach my goals represent the Club and Ireland abroad twice which I will remember for a long time as a fab experience.   Last year I decided to give up training, as the idea of coaching was more appealing and realised that it was something I would love to do and I would get the chance to pass on my knowledge and passion for the sport, to others. And hopefully they would get as much enjoyment from it as I did. I hope to go on and do as many coaching courses as I can and follow in the footsteps of Sally, Elaine, Dale and all the other dedicated coaches who helped me achieve my gymnastic goals.

Favourite gymnast? There are a lot of gymnasts that I love, but one of my favourites  would have to be Eythora Thorsdottir from the Netherlands. She is so elegant and graceful and really puts on a performance every time she competes.




Who am I? I am 20 years old in my 3rd year of college studying Sport Science with physiology! I have been interested in sport (mostly gymnastics obviously) since I was young and was introduced to the club by Sally, who I met in circus school!

Why RGC? I have trained for 8 years in RGC from the age of 8. I got introduced to coaching when I was 16 and since I’ve started I love working with the kids and working in my “second home!” This gym has grown to be one of the best facilities in the country with a great group of coaches!

My favourite gymnast: Claudia Fragapane is one of my top gymnasts, don’t let her size fool you. I also like Paul Hunt who is a talented entertainment!




Who am I? I am 17 years old and I’m still in secondary school! I love gymnastics, it’s been a big part of my life since I was young!

Why RGC? I have trained at RGC since I was about 9 years old. I have trained in Men’s Artistics and I have also been in tumbling for the past 4 years! Since I was young I’ve always wanted to be a coach! Now I am quite involved in Women’s Artistics but I also coach men’s and rec! RGC is like a second home to me!!

My favourite gymnast: Shawn Johnson is my favourite gymnast because she had great style and was such a powerhouse!





Who am I? I am 17 years old and I’m still in secondary school at the moment .I’ve been doing gymnastics from a very a young age . Like many, I fell in love with gymnastics and since then the gym has been my favourite place to be! My favourite apparatus is definitely uneven bars.

Why RGC? I have trained at RGC for 10 years since  I was 4 to 14! I grew up with everyone at the gym and have gone from training with them to coaching with them. I was introduced to coaching at the age of 16 but have wanted to coach from a very young age. I love that the main goal at the club has always been that you’re enjoying what you’re doing and that you’re always welcomed with a sense of homeliness at RGC!

My favourite Gymnast: I love Aly Raisman ,so determined and driven!




Who am I? I am a 19 year old college student and coach at RGC. Gymnastics has always
been such a big part of my life. I started training at the age of 8, and have been in love with the sport since. I trained competitively in gymnastics for 9 years before deciding to become a coach. I absolutely love working with all the kids/teenagers in an environment which I myself grew up in and with a sport I have such a passion for.

Why RGC? RGC without a doubt is one of the best gymnastics clubs in Ireland, with its
modern equipment, advanced technology, hard-working coaches and incredibly talented
gymnasts. There’s really no other place I would choose to work in. I love coming into the
gym each week and watching the kids progress and develop as young gymnasts, and
without a great club like RGC, that wouldn’t be possible.

My favourite gymnast: Ragan Smith is one of my all time favourite gymnasts. The 16 year old American gymnast never fails to impress the world with her incredible gymnastics. Showcasing perfect form and powerful tumbling, Ragan is one to watch for in the future.



Who am I? I am 17 and still in secondary school. I’ve loved gymnastics for as long as I can remember.

Why RGC? I have trained at Renmore Gymnastics since I was 8 years old. I have trained in Women’s Artistic for many years and I gradually drifted towards tumbling. I trained in tumbling for about 3 years. I have always wanted to be a coach. A few days after I stopped training I started coaching. Renmore has always been a huge part of my life and I don’t think I could ever leave it behind.

My favourite gymnast: My favourite gymnast is Shawn Johnson because she was an absolute powerhouse!





Who am I? My name is Emer and I’m in 5th year in Coláiste na Coiribe. I absolutely love gymnastics and I’m still training with RGC.

Why RGC? I started training with RGC when I was 5 years old and have loved gymnastics ever since. I got introduced to coaching last year and I really enjoy it. It’s great fun in the gym and there’s always a really positive atmosphere.


Who am I? I’m originally  from Poland  where I finished MA in Physical Education  in 2003. After moving to Ireland I completed the IDTA qualification in jazz ,theatre craft and modern dance at NUIG, as dance was always my passion. In 2009/2010 I finished MA in Contemporary dance and Performance at Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in University Limerick. Since then I’m closely involved in leading different dance projects, musicals and workshops, working with adults, children and teenagers. Since 2011 I’ve been involved in coaching gymnastics and I love it!

Why RGC? Renmore Gymnastics Club gives me a great opportunity to combine my two adorations: sport and dance. I love working with music and rhythm and always trying to incorporate it into the training. The Club creates very friendly and supportive atmosphere for both, members and coaching team.

My favourite gymnast: Mary Lou Retton – Olympic gold medalist (1984) in the individual all around competition, who wowed me with her strength, power, positivism and most of all passion for the sport.

RHY PROGRAMME (Rhythmic Gymnastics)

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ANASTASIA NIRKOVA- ‘Head of Rhythmic Programme’





Who am I? I am from Vigo, a city in Galicia in the Northwest of Spain, I have been living in Ireland for 4 years. I am married and have a 9 month old daughter. I have been doing different types of gymnastics all my life. I love sport in general and I am very interested in health and nutrition. I love animals and am very environmentally friendly.

Why RGC? I love working in RGC because I love gymnastics and it is great working with kids, you learn a lot from them. The work environment is very good.

MAG PROGRAMME (Men’s Artistic Gymnastics)






Who am I? I am 20 years old, studying Childrens’ Studies and Psychology in NUIG. I love animals and skateboarding, and I draw a lot in my free time.

Why RGC? RGC is my home from home. I joined the club when I was 6 years old and I’ve never looked back. I coach Men’s Artistic Gymnastics and Recreational Gymnastics. What I love most about our club is the feeling of family; everyone looks out for one another. My favourite apparatus is definitely the Parallel Bars.

Who is my favourite gymnast? My favourite gymnast … that’s a tough one. Kohei Uchimura is incredible – he’s definitely, and I think Max Whitlock is amazing.


ACRO PROGRAMME (Acrobatics Gymnastics Programme)



Who am I? My name is Shelley and I am 23 years old and love being active and playing sports. I was part of many different sports teams but once I found gymnastics I feel in love with the sport and I didn’t want to do anything else. I started out with Galway Acrobatics before joining Renmore gymnastics club. I love working with and teaching children and once I finished my own gymnastics training I knew coaching was the next step for me. I feel very lucky to be able to coach a range of different groups and in particular the acro group. I thoroughly enjoy the experience.

Why RGC? Renmore gymnastcs club has a fantastic training centre with some of the most amazing and dedicated coaches. Although the club is continuing to grow and expand, it never lost its family atmosphere and everyone looks out for and supports one another. It is a wonderful club and I couldn’t be happier to be part of it.

My favourite gymnast? It’s just too hard to pick one favorite…




Who am I? Caoimhe! I’m 19 years old and I have lived in Galway since I was 6! I’m currently studying in NUIG and while I have long days at college, I’d much rather be spending them in the gym! I am mainly involved with the Acro and Rec programs at the minute, and I have been with the Acro program since I started gymnastics at the age of 7!.

Why RGC? Well I started gymnastics not knowing what it was really but I just loved it straight away! When I started we were training in the community center in Maree and we would have to take out and put away all of the mats at the beginning and the end of class. A few years later, Sally, Ariel and Dale all started coaching us and its cool now that I’m coaching alongside them now! I love how far the club has come in such a short time and I can’t wait to see what it will become in the future!

Who is my favourite gymnast? Even though I was an Acrobatic gymnast I was always fascinated with Shawn Johnson! I also really enjoy watching Simone Biles, she’s amazing!!



ELAINE RYAN – ‘Head of Tumbling Programme’




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Who am I? An archaeologist with no Gymnastics or admin background! My eldest daughter Rosalie joined RGC in 2006 when she was 8 (she is now 18 still training and coaching!). I was approached to join the committee!! I knew nothing about gymnastics but decided I would get involved to help out! After a few years on the committee with a great bunch of hardworking volunteers we made the move to Ballybrit and the club started to grow hugely. Admin got to big for the committee and I was asked 6 years ago to do 10 hours work a week as Club Administrator! Little did I know 6 years later I would be working 30 hours plus a week in the club and enjoying such a huge career change!

Why RGC? I love being part of the team – the enthusiasm and hard work of all the coaches, the everyday contact with all the gymnasts and the parents – laughs, chats, fun, ups and downs, big goals, small goals, new skills, fun skills, every day something new,  then the background unseen work with a great bunch of hardworking directors to keep the club running smoothly. The club has grown from strength to strength and its been great to be part of this and hopefully we will continue to grow and reach all our goals as a Club.

My favourite gymnast: Have to say my 3 kids – Rosalie Sarah and Mikey ; )