MEMBERS of Carlow Gymnastics Club had a busy weekend at the national acrobatic championships at the National Sports Centre in Abbottstown.
This was a major gymnastics event, with over 1,500 gymnasts competing over the two days. FIG level (Federation of International Gymnastics) gymnasts had three routines to perform over the two days and two Carlow groups came out on top.
There were some amazing routines with skills of exceptionally high levels on display. Spectators enjoyed a feast of acrobatic gymnastics.
In the 12 to 18 years competition, the trio of Eilis O’Neill, Rebecca Shannon and Ella Sullivan won gold. In the same category, their teammates Roisin Travers, Lauren Whelan and Emma Nolan were 5th.
In the 11 to 16 years category, Carlow gymnasts were first and second in a tight competition. Louisa McGovern, Abbie McDermot and Beibhin Nolan won gold and the trio of Shonagh Travers, Seoighe English and Aine Doyle were second. The trio of Rianna Leyden, Rebecca Horan and Sarah Behan were 6th in their first time competing at this level.
In the international development plan, the pair of Roisin O’Toole and Romy Browne won gold.
At the national development plan competition, the Carlow gymnasts also had success.
At grade 5, the trio of Lan Gaffney, Lily Gaffney and Cara English performed two great routines winning bronze medals and, in the same competition, Alanna Curry, Hannah O’Grady and Chloe Holohan were 5th and their clubmates Isabel O’Donovan, Eabha Travers and Eve McLoughlin finished 6th.
In the boys’ grade 4 competition, Fiach O’Toole and Fionnan O’Shaughnessy won gold and at grade 2 the boys’ pair of Noah Ogelsby and Finnan Nolan were also gold medal winners
At grade 2 girls pairs, Rachel O’Grady and Ali Donoghue were silver medal winners. Their clubmates Kiera Gibbs and Anna Mulhall were 4th and Sophie Byrne and Bay Bunbury were 5th.
Two groups from Carlow are currently on the national squad: Eilis O’Neill, Rebecca Shannon and Ella Sullivan, Shonagh Travers, Seoighe English and Aine Doyle.
Following their performance at this competition, the trio of Louisa McGovern, Abbie McDermott and Beibhin Nolan have been invited to join the national development squad. This is a great achievement for these gymnasts and Carlow Gymnastics Club.
The club is hopeful that some of these top-level gymnasts will be involved in the trial process for the upcoming European championships in Israel.
Gymnasts who performed well at the weekend but were out of the medals this time included Hannah Goss and Jane Dillon, Eleanor Bird, Isabelle O’Reilly, Tara O’Neill, Emily Lanigan, Laura Leigh Hughes, Emma McCartney, Isabelle Coffey, Sarah Curran, Faye Glynn, Ella Molly, Mia Branagan, Ella Keatley Kindregan, Sydney Murray Sales, Millie Nolan, Amy Dillon, Jemima Bunbury, Miriam Ogelsby, Alice Bunbury, Shauna Gavin, Emma O’Neill, Meadhbh Doyle Dunne, Alison Fennell and Ella O’Keeffe.