Three gymnasts, Anya Farrell, Marianne Quirke Bolt and Lauren Holohan, from the Carlow Gymnastics Club, have been selected to represent Ireland at the upcoming World Championships (11-16 Age Group) to be held in Florida, USA, this April.
The girls have been working together as part of a trio since 2010, were they kicked-off their career by winning the Irish Championship title in the 11-16 Age Group. Following from there, they qualified for the 2010 European Age Groups held in Poland, where they made history for Acrobatics in Ireland being the first trio (at 11-16) to ever make a final at Europeans or World level. The girls finished 4th in the final, just 0.05 off a bronze medal.
In 2011, the girls regained their National title, and were again selected as part of the Irish team to compete in the 2011 European Age Group Championships held in Bulgaria. The girls performed 2 great routines, and finished in 10th place overall.
Coach Michael Hughes said: “I spend 14 hours a week with these girls and I have never seen gymnasts like them, how hard they work both in the gym and at home, through good times and bad times, they just keep pushing forward for more. This really shows the depth of the girls’ talent.”
The three girls are now well into their Age Group World Championship training programme and have high hopes of performing at the highest level and making finals (top 8 in the World). While the girls know this will take a huge amount of hard work they are well up for the challenge.
The secret to the girl success has been a number of factors, including:
Their desire to succeed, their ability to put gymnastics first and a great comradery between the three girls, always willing to support each other
The coaching Team – Michael Hughes & Aimi Baker and last but not least
Following the recent success story that is Kieran Behan, great to see another Irish gymnastics success story. SportsNewsIreland wishes them every success in Florida and in the coming years.