Over the weekend of April 25th 24 Irish gymnasts traveled to Wales to take part in a great battle between the Celtic nations – Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Isle of Man and Northern Ireland in the prestigious gymnastics event – ‘Celtic Cup’.
The 24 strong team, comprises of 12 girls and 12 boys of both Minor and Junior age, proudly 50% of the entire female gymnasts representing the Team Ireland were local Galway gymnasts. Selected for the Irish Minors were Kate Molloy, Aisling Fuller, Jane Heffernan and Emma Slevin who joined Dublin’s Jenny McGrane and Cork’s Meg Ryan to make the final team selection. These 6 gymnasts competed fantastically with PB’s across the board on various events successfully returning home with the bronze medal behind the leaders Wales, and in second place – Scotland. This years Minors squad exceeded all previous Irish teams improving the overall team score by a massive 12 marks!! An exciting future ahead awaits these gymnasts to say to least!!
On the juniors Team was Galway girl’s Sarah Hynes and Emer Shimizu joining Belfast international gymnast Casey Bell, Dublin’s Taylor Coyle, Mayo gymnast Li LIng Martin and stepping in at the last moment due to a withdrawal was Niamh Hutchinson from Dublin. Another very exciting competition to watch as Team Ireland put Scotland under some serious pressure during the last 2 rotations, however on this occasion despite some truly outstanding performances it was the bronze medal that the Juniors also proudly returned to Ireland wearing. The Irish Juniors also making significant progress for the Nation increasing this years team score by over 9 full marks.
Super weekend gymnasts, great result and good luck in the upcoming International Flanders Team Challenge which all of these Galway gymnasts will compete within once again representing Team Ireland over the weekend of May 31st – in Ghent, Belgium.
Renmore Gymnastics made history this month when four of its members were selected for International competition to represent Ireland at the 2013 Celtic Cup Championships in The Isle of Man on the 11th of May.
All selected gymnasts represented Ireland in the Minors Category across both the women’s and men’s teams. The Irish WAG Minors competed with great focus and determination resulting in some of the strongest Irish women’s artistic performances to date for this event. PBs were achieved for many of the girls across all apparatus and despite their young age the team looked strong and showed much future promise. Renmore Gymnastic’s Ellen Hynes and Old Bawn’s Shauna Kelly returned this year to the team bringing both experience and determination. Joining them on the Irish team for excellent debut performances were Sugarloaf’s Niamh Hutchinson, and Renmore gymnasts Emmeline Anghileri and Amy O’Neill. All team members competed very well, Emmeline placed 5th overall also achieving the second highest floor score of the competition and collectively the team counted just one fall throughout the competition. In the Men’s event Renmore Gymnastics’ Patrick Flanagan had a fantastic debut into International competition, hitting PB’s on the parallel bars, rings and floor exercise.
Last year Renmore Gymastics qualified their first gymnast into this event and to return this year with four members was a very proud moment for the club and evidence that their sporting strategic plans for developing both a high performance programme and athletes to match is having huge success. Well done to all and keep up the good work!!!