Our Coaching Team

Sam

Sam is our Head Coach in charge of our Participation Programme and has been involved in gymnastics since she was a toddler back in New York. Over the years she has transitioned from gymnast to coach to programme coordinator and has found her primary passion lies within the participation program. Sam believes that gymnastics can benefit everyone and is determined to work out ways to help all gymnasts find a home within the sport. Sam’s personal background is in WAG and Inclusion but she loves to work with different types of gymnastics to help each gymnast find out what suits them best too.

Sally

Sally is RGC’s Head of Performance and has been with the club for two decades. In this time she has developed one of Ireland’s leading High Performance Programmes working primarily with our WAG gymnasts.

Gavin

Gavin discovered gymnastics during his time in university. He went on to both captain and coach UCC’s Trampoline and Gymnastics Team. He also developed trampoline gymnasts from beginner to international level in a number of clubs in Cork whilst also driving the Southern regional squad to success. Following the completion of his doctorate in medieval literature he has made a fond return to the sport of gymnastics as a member of RGC’s Participation Programme. Gavin has a particular interest in the development of younger coaches, and coordinates our Trainee Coach programme. 

Ciara

Ciara currently oversees the early years programme at RGC, looking after our littlest gymnasts! She is particularly passionate about inclusion and is also involved in our GymAble programmes. Ciara began gymnastics when she was six and has previously competed nationally and internationally as part of the Irish team in the acrobatic discipline. She is a qualified sport and exercise scientist and is currently undertaking a MSc in Sport and Clinical Biomechanics. In 2021 Ciara received the RGC Coaches Recognition Award for her outstanding work though out the year.

Ciara aspires to learn and grow as a coach and has a particular interest in developing her coaching knowledge in the WAG discipline. 

Elaine

Elaine is our Lead Tumbling Coach who has been coaching since she was 16 years of age. Elaine holds a level 5 high performance coaching qualification and is the current national tumbling coach for Ireland. 

Elaine has helped numerous athletes to reach not only their personal goals but also to become national champions, international medallists, as well as becoming competitors at European and world championships Elaine also holds a current brevet judging qualification.

Aurora

Originally from Murcia, a small city in the southeast of Spain, Aurora joined the RGC team in 2020.

Starting her gymnastics journey aged 6 Aurora has competed at national level in Spain. In later years whilst continuing her training she also gained her coaching qualifications and went on to qualify as a level 2 Rhythmic Gymnastics judge.

Aurora currently leads RGC’s Rythmic programme coaching gymnasts from beginner level through development and up to international competitive standard.

Chris

Chris joined RGC from the United States in 2022 as part of the High Performance coaching team. He holds a Masters degree in Sports Management and Education. Following the completion of his Masters degree, he worked as an NCAA gymnastics coach for five years while also coaching elite and level 10 athletes in various clubs prior to moving to Ireland.

During his NCAA career, Chris has had much success on the National stage and is hoping to bring his successes to the International stage here in Ireland. He has a deep passion for coaching and developing young people in the sport of gymnastics.

Dale

Dale began training in RGC at the age of 8. She naturally transitioned into coaching at the age of 16 and currently coaches Women’s artistic gymnastics (WAG). Dale has a good hand in all of the programmes but works closely with the high performance and performance programmes.

As part of her development as a coach she has worked with gymnasts who were successfully selected for the Irish national squad. In 2017 Dale was awarded Young Coach of the Year and in 2019 completed a level three coaching course. Her first international competition as a coach was Home Nations which took place in Scotland in April 2019. Subsequently she travelled to Poland for Europeans alongside the Irish team as part of her continuing education. Most recently Dale travelled to Baku where she was one of the Irish coaches for the European Youth Olympics.

Orla primarily coaches the under 5’s and under 8’s groups. She’s been part of the coaching team for over six years and holds a level 2 Gymstart qualification.

Emer was a gymnast representing both RGC and Ireland until 2018. She has been coaching for the past six years.

Caoimhe competed in Acrobatic gymnastics and began coaching aged 16. She works in our WAG programme and is a qualified WAG judge. Caoimhe is currently completing her level 3 WAG coaching qualification and also holds an Acro qualification.

Maria has been coaching for the past five years. She works in our participation programme with gymnasts aged 3 and up.

Rosalie started in RGC as a gymnast and never left! She works with teens and adults in our participation programme.

Jill has been part of team RGC for over a decade! She primarily coaches in the MAG programme but also has a special interest in working with teenagers in gymnastics.

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