That’s it for another year at Athy Gymnastics Club! Before we take our summer break though, lets look back at some of the highlights at the club since September 2017…
In September, we had over 30 new members start class alongside our current members bringing our total membership to almost 200 gymnasts. Our Special Needs class kicked off once again with our fantastic gymnasts who were very keen to learn new skills with the help of our coaches – Pauric, Geraldine, Aoife, Kate and junior leader Aine. We also saw 17 new gymnasts start in our Junior Class and they quickly got to work learning new skills on floor, tumble track and trampoline. Our juniors showed great progression this year and we are really excited to see them move up through the skills.
In November, we held our very first Recreational Awards competition for all our recreational class gymnasts. Our gymnasts were working hard on their grade levels so it was great to see them show off their skills at the competition. Our Recreational Awards have been very popular with our gymnasts and they have been progressing through the basics at great pace so we are really excited to see how they progress further in September.
In December, two of our Advanced Class gymnasts, Eleanor and Le took part in the GI GymStart Challenge event at the National Indoor Arena. This was our first time to attend this even and the girls did a super job putting on fantastic performances representing Athy Gymnastics Club.
In March, three of our Advanced Class Trampoline gymnasts, Caoimhe, Molly and Liam competed in the GI Trampoline Qualifiers at the National Indoor Arena. The gang did a super job on the day with Liam taking 2nd place in NDP5, Molly taking 3rd place in NDP1 and Caoimhe taking fourth place in NDP1. A great result for Athy and we were delighted to see them all qualify for the Trampoline National Championships.
In April, Athy Gymnastics Club were one of 5 clubs in Ireland to be selected to take part in this years Gymnastics Ireland GymAble project. The purpose of the project is to create gymnastics opportunities for people with disabilities. We are delighted to be on board this year and we are looking forward to developments in this area in September.
In May, the club were awarded a sports grant from Kildare County Council and Athy Municipal Council to purchase some new equipment to contribute towards the club development. Over the summer we will be taking delivery of some new equipment which we think will benefit the club greatly and offer more opportunities to our gymnasts. More to follow on this in September.
Also in May, we had our second Recreational Awards competition where all of our gymnasts demonstrated their skills in a routine on floor and on trampoline. Our coaches were super impressed by the focus and enthusiasm of our gymnasts and we would just like to say well done to all on a fantastic effort. Pictures of the competition can be found on our Facebook and Instagram feeds @athy_gym_club.
To finish off the club year we attended the National Series Trampoline Championships where we had Caoimhe, Molly and Liam competing for Athy. The group did a fantastic job on the day and we saw some great routines from Athy. Well done to Liam who came 2nd in NDP5 and also well done to Molly who was crowned NDP1 National Champion. Molly also came away with the award for Highest Execution score in sub div 1 on the day. We also would like to say well done to our Trampoline coaches, Pauric, Shane and Wayne for the work they have put in with the Trampoline gang throughout the year. A great result for Athy Gymnastics Club.
Finally, we would just like to say a big thank you to all our volunteer coaches, leaders and parents. Our team of volunteers put in a lot of time to make all of this happen so without them we wouldn’t be able to provide this service to gymnasts in Athy. Thank you all for your continued support and we will see you in September. Have a great summer!