The Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena played host to the Gymnastics Ireland 2019 FIG National Championships at the weekend, with 1,500 athletes taking part at every level from development up to European Champion Rhys McClenaghan.
It’s one of the few sports where the pathway from youth to the highest standard of potential Olympic Games victory is so blended into one.
The athletes train together and compete together with the eyes of the youngest competitors able to drink in the work that goes in and the reward that comes out of their very local heroes.
That sense of one sport is captured well in today’s video of the action from Day One, featuring McClenaghan and a few words from Gymnastics Ireland CEO Ciaran Gallagher.
The video is produced by Red Deer Media, who operate as an effective in house media team alongside Caroline Ledwith and Jess Mondragon.
Adam Steele and Meg Ryan were crowned the Senior All-Around National Champions in Artistic Gymnastics.
The FIG Junior All-Around Artistic Gymnastics National Champions were Poppy Whelehan and Eamon Montgomery.
Junior gymnast Cliona McLaughlin hit gold on Tumbling becoming the National Champion in the female category as well as counterpart Cillian Kelly in the male category. In the Senior Tumbling category Molly Nightingale won gold after an impressive performance.
The Rhythmic competition saw Polina Pereyaslavets stepping onto the podium in first place as the 2019 Junior National Champion and finally in the Acrobatic Gymnastics discipline, the three FIG overall National Champion titles went to the women’s pair Aoibhín Condell & Ella Giglione in the 11-16 category; Briana Sheehan & Heather White in the 12-18 category and the women’s group Sarah Moran, Evana Downey & Ciara Boland in the 13-19 category.
These are names that are likely to become ever more familiar as Gymnastics continues its growth heading towards an Olympic year.