The delegation from Ireland has arrived in Tokyo and have begun to work hard. The girls Charlotte McKenna and Sophie McCoo began training today with their coaches Alison McMullan and Sun Jei. This will be Sophie’s first worlds whilst McKenna will return to Worlds after last competing in Tokyo in 2010.
The MAG team of three have also commenced training. Luke Carson hopes to improve on last years Worlds performance where he placed 95th in the AA qualifications competition in Rotterdam, he also ranked 49th at the 2009 WCh’s in London. Carson moved from City of Lisburn Salto Gymnastics Centre to Huntingdon Gymnastics Club in the UK to train with Daniel Keatings and Louis Smith under Coach Paul Hall. Known as the most successful Irish gymnast in history, Luke is set to compete in his fifth WCh’s. Meanwhile Tolworth’s Kieran Behan who most recently won Ireland’s first ever FIG medal, will compete in his 2nd WCh’s. Rohan Sebastian will compete in his first WCh’s since London in 2009. Each of these gymnasts are hoping to score high enough and become the second Irish gymnast ever to compete in the Olympics since Barry MacDonald in Atlanta 1996.
Abbey Gymnastics Centre has some photographs and videos of the gymnasts training today.
Kieran Behan – training Rings
Luke Carson dismounting on Rings
Rohan Sebastian training Parallel Bars