Ireland’s Top Gymnasts hold training camp

Updated: February 23, 2012

Some of the top gymnasts in the country preparing for upcoming international events attended Gymnastics Ireland’s first multi-discipline training meet this week.

Irish gymnastics has received more publicity in the past three months thanks to Kieran Behan’s exploits than in any recent full year so a great opportunity for Gymnastics Ireland to further promote the sport in this country.

Gymnasts from all the competitive gymnastics disciplines attended the new camp, developed by Gymnastics Ireland’s Performance and Technical Manager, Sally Filmer, including London 2012 gymnast Kieran Behan.

Sally said: “Following after the motivational qualification of Kieran Behan to the 2012 Olympics, this first multi-discipline training meet was put together as part of the new development programme and long-term plan. Some of our top level performers came and trained and showed their routines.

“This has been very important for the sharing of information between disciplines and it has been great to see our gymnasts who have qualified for the European’s in Women’s Artistic and Tumbling and World Age Groups in Acrobatics. The Men have had a great few days in preparation for the first European trials taking place this weekend.”

Many of the top athletes from Rhythmic, Men’s Artistic, Women’s Artistic, Trampoline, Sports Acrobatics and Tumbling not only trained in the excellent facilities provided by Salto Gymnastics Club, but they were mentored in areas such as Anti-doping by Gymnastics Ireland’s Policy and Welfare Manager, Dermot Howlin.

Sally added: “During this time, Luke Carson is competing as a guest at the Scottish Championships in preparation for his year’s events.”

The training camp was a great success and more will be scheduled for the near future and Gymnastics Ireland would like to wish Luke Carson good luck in his competition and good luck to all the Men trialling for the European Championships.

All of Ireland’s leading gymnasts attended, male and female .

Meantime,Gymnastics Ireland has announced its team for the European Senior and Junior Artistic Championships

which take place in Brussels from May 9th to 13th inclusive:



Emma Lunn (Excel)

Sophie McCoo (Abbey)

Sarah Buckley (Douglas)


Sarah Strawbridge (Salto)

Sarah Beck (Salto)

Ciara Roberts (Salto)


Head of Delegation: Elaine Dilworth

Senior Coach: Deirdre Farren

Senior Coach: Alison McMullen

Junior Coach: Brett James Ince

Senior Judge: Mandy McMaster

Junior Judge: Mary Murray

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