Gymnastics Ireland’s annual gala awards night took place last weekend celebrating another hugely successful year for the sport of gymnastics in Ireland.
With over 160 guests the JLT Gymnastics Ireland National Awards was a night that saw 24 representatives of the sport winning awards from clubs through to international stars.
The awards were an acknowledgement by Gymnastics Ireland of the success achieved and hard work put in by those making a special contribution throughout the year in the development of the sport in Ireland, supported by our headline sponsors JLT Ireland.
The categories rewarded representatives from both the competitive and participation bases within Gymnastics Ireland as can be seen from this highlights reel of proceedings…
Rhys McClenaghan was awarded ‘Gymnast of the Year’ having won ‘Rising Star’ at the first such awards in 2016. Junior European Youth Olympic competitor Meg Ryan was awarded the ‘Rising Star’ for 2017 and seasoned senior gymnast Andrew Smith was awarded a special recognition award for his many achievements on the international scene.
There was a special award for Dave Conway, former development manager and CEO of the National Sports Campus Development Authority for the work he did to ensure Gymnastics was a key element of the National Indoor Arena which opened this January.
Michael Gilroy from the CARA Centre presented the Inclusive Club of the Year award which recognised the efforts of clubs in becoming inclusive and offering gymnastics programmes for people with disabilities.
This represents a sample of the success of the new Gymnastics Ireland GymABLE Club Inclusion Programme, that focuses on developing gymnastics opportunities for people with disabilities.
That was one of the programmes which gained additional funding earlier this month in money released from the Dormant Account Funds to Sport Ireland across a range of different sports.
“This was a night where we could say thank you and well done to the gymnasts and the clubs across the country who have been such an important part of the success we have built through this year,” said Gymnastics Ireland CEO Ciaran Gallagher.
The night was sponsored by JLT Ireland and hosted by fellow Sport for Business member Joanne Murphy from TriTalking Sport.
Gymnastics Ireland is among the 230+ members of Sport for Business.
In 2018 Sport for Business will host 20 events linking sport and business in ways that make a difference to how we all do such a great job, as well as producing our Daily News Digest covering the commercial world of Irish sport.