WELL DONE to all of the gymnasts from Gymstars Gymnastic Club, Barntown, all of whom performed excellent routines at the recent All-Ireland Acrobatic championships which were held in St. Peter's College, Wexford, recently.
This is the biggest competition of the year and Gymstars had 33 gymnasts qualify from the regional competition which was very tough, and all did their club and region proud.
In Prep B. section we had Lauren Doran and Ellen Murphy. Both of these girls have only just started in acrobatics and performed a great routine and should be very proud of themselves.
In Grade 1 Pairs we had Chloe Cloney and Leah Kidd who performed really well, plus we had Courtney Carley and Katie Murphy who did a great routine and received great scores and won the silver All-Ireland medals.
In Grade 1 Trios the region was represented by Charlotte Bruce, Leanne Cullen and Andrea Woodbyrne. This trio is very young and gained a lot of experience from the competition. The club also had Darerca Crosbie, Emma Kiely and Niamh Rowe in this category. This trio had a brilliant performance and won the All-Ireland bronze medals.
In the Grade 2 category the club was represented by Emma Morris and Nhan Slevin-Fleming. This pair, who are still very young to be competing at this high level, performed a great routine but unluckily a simple mistake cost them the medals.
In the Grade 2 Trios the club had two trios who qualified for this section. They were Gemma Fox, Clodagh Kehoe and Sarah Figgis plus Sinéad Prunty, Sadhbh O'Flaherty and Bonnie Kinniard. Both trios performed well and received good scores. This experience will stand to them.
In the 11-16 section were Chloe Bradley, Emma Flood plus Sophie Graydon, and the girls had two routines to perform. The girls did their tempo routine first and did a very fine routine but unfortunately missed one of their moves. In their second routine the girls were fantastic and scored very high. This is a very young group and much experience was gained.
In the Grade 3 Pairs section the club had Kelly Bolger and Katie-Mai McCabe. The girls had to do two routines over the weekend. The girls performed their balance routine with ease and scored very high. The girls then performed their tempo routine and also scored very high and won the silver All-Ireland medals.
In the Grade 4 section the club was represented by a trio of Michelle Leacy, Holly Crosbie and Aisling Caldicott. This trio also had to do two routines and were up against stiff competition at this very high level. The girls were very steady in their two performances and were delighted with their silver All-Ireland medals.
In the Grade 4 Pairs section we had Orlagh Codd and Alison Doyle. The girls were the only pair in the whole country to compete at this very high level. Both girls did themselves and their club proud by performing two great routines. Unfortunately, Orlagh hurt her ankle at the very end of the second routine but both still won the gold medals.
In the Open section and again the only trio in the country to perform at this, one of the highest levels, were Jodie McDonald, Andria Bradley and Karyn Murphy. The girls, who had very difficult moves to perform including a double somersault plus back somersault from platform back to platform, made it all look so easy and they won the All-Ireland gold medals.
This was a very successful competition for the Gymstars gymnasts with the club winning 15 All-Ireland medals for the region. Well done to everyone who took part.