Two weeks ago Full Twist brought you the very exciting news of Irish Gymnastics new rebranding as Gymnastics Ireland. Fllowing on from the very successful brand launch, Gymnastics Ireland has had more to celebrate. The Irish male gymnasts are going from strength to strength as this press release explains:
Irish Male gymnasts go from strength to strength
Anthony O’Donnell makes history as he claims Ireland’s First Northern European medal
Uppsala, Sweden, 13th November: The Irish team travelled back to Ireland today after the 2011 Northern European Championships in Uppsala, Sweden with Anthony O’Donnell very proudly carrying Ireland’s first ever Northern European medal.
The 20-year-old from Carrigaline Gymnastics Club, Cork, won bronze on Floor with a score of 13.45 yesterday and also finished 4th on Vault and 5th on Rings in the Apparatus Final, not to mention finishing 11th All-Around.
This fantastic result continues the trend the Irish Men have been making over the past two months.
Only last weekend 22-year-old Kieran Behan won his second FIG World Cup medal in Croatia – silver on Floor. The month previous he won Ireland’s first ever World Cup medal.
Sally Filmer from Gymnastics Ireland, said: “It’s a great result from our Northern European Men’s Artistic Gymnastics team in Sweden. With our two top gymnasts Kieran and Luke also working back in their clubs, on their routine development for the Ostrava World Challenge Cup it is exciting times for our MAG gymnasts.
“I believe the last time we had a senior MAG team was 1995…and this is Ireland’s first Northern European Medal. Our team in the Northern Europeans was one of the youngest competing, it was a great opportunity to bring 5 boys, Anthony O’Donnel, Geoff Rellis, Chris O’Connor, Adam Dalton and Daniel Fox together as part of their preparation for the Junior and Senior Europeans.
“We have identified our MAG squad and are targeting key areas for the gymnasts to develop as a unit for our long term plan.
“With such dedicated hard working gymnasts and coaches and thanks to the support of clubs the future for Men’s gymnastics in Ireland is moving in the right direction.”
Previously Kieran Behan won his second, and Ireland’s second ever FIG medal at the Osijek Challenger Cup in Slovenia two weeks ago, just after the launch. Watch Kieran’s medal winning routine below or on YouTube:
Let’s hope the Irish girls can soon pick up the pace and also become established on the international circuit.