CARLOW Gymnastics club had great success at the Gymnastics Ireland National Acrobatic Gymnastics team trophy event at Abbotstown, winning two overall team awards.
This event includes competitions for gymnasts from grade one all the way up to international level for 11-to-16 and 12-to-18 age groups.
Carlow gymnastics club entered teams at each level and in some competitions they had two teams competing. Each team comprised of a pair and a trio, where both scores counted.
At FIG level (international) teams could be made up of three groups with the top two scores counting.
After a tough competition, Carlow came home with the best overall team trophy at NDP level, which is for teams from grade one to grade five, and they also won the overall team trophy at FIG level: an amazing achievement for the local club. The last time they won these trophies was in 2012.
In addition to wining the overall trophy, the trio of Shonagh Travers, Seoighe English and Aine Doyle, who competed at the recent European Championships in Israel, won trophies for the highest overall score at FIG level for artistry and the highest technical score.
The Carlow pair of Roisin O’Toole and Laura Wade won the trophy for the highest technical score at NDP level.
This outstanding success by the Carlow club is the icing on the cake after a very busy and successful year which saw two groups represent Ireland at the European Championships in Israel.
Several groups also won medals at the Turin Cup in July and at the national championships in May while the NDP gymnasts brought home medals from an invitational competition in Wales last March.
These gymnasts have worked hard showing great dedication and commitment to training along with their coaches Sara Rennick, Aine McGoff, Shannon Geoghegan, Mary Barrett, Rachel Kavanagh, Ciara Carew, Lauren Whelan, Roisin O’Toole, Eilis O’Neill and Anne Rennick.
Teams who placed first, second and third not only won medals but also gained points for their club. The competition started with the younger gymnasts at grade one. Jane Dillon, Sarah Doyle, Millie Nolan and Eleanor Bird won silver while Finnan Nolan, Zena Deyassa, Lara Fanning and Hannah Beth Lawlor won bronze.
The grade two team of Sophie Byrne, Molly Holohan, Laura Leigh Hughes, Isabelle O’Reilly and Hannah Goss were gold medal winners.
At grade three, Carlow again had two teams competing. Emma McCartney, Emily Lanigan, Faye Glynn, Sarah Curran and Alice Bunbury won gold while bronze medals went to Anna Mulhall, Kiera Gibbs, Tara O’Neill, Isabel Coffey and Rachel O’Grady.
At grade four, the local club had two teams competing with bronze medals won by Fiach O’Toole, Fionnan O’Shaughnessy, Ella Molloy, Ali Donoghoe and Shauna Gavin.
At grade five, gold medals were won by Molly Mc Loughlin, Emma O’Neill, Eabha Travers, Isabel O’Donovan and Cara English.
At the higher FIG levels (Federation of International Gymnastics) Carlow continued with their success, At 11 to 16, the club had two teams competing. Shonagh Travers, Seoighe English, Aine Doyle, Rebecca Horan, Louisa McGovern and Sarah Behan won gold medals while bronze medals went to Paulina Zych, Abbie McDermott, Eve McLoughlin, Alanna Curry, Romy Browne and Beibhinn Nolan.
At 12 to 18 level, the Carlow team of Eilis O’Neill, Rebecca Shannon, Ella Sullivan, Delphine Byrne and Hannah O’Grady also won gold medals. Finally the IDP team of Roisin O’Toole, Laura Wade, Lily Gaffney, Lan Gaffney and Chloe Holohan won silver medals.
All of these great successes ensured the Carlow club came out top in Ireland this year in this national team competition.