Rhys McClenaghan has been named as the Irish Gymnast of the Year in advance of the 2020/2021 Marsh Gymnastics Ireland National Awards which will be held in person on Saturday 20th November in the Raddison Blu Hotel, Dublin.
There will also be special recognition awards for Emma Slevin, Meg Ryan, Adam Steele and Ryan Devine, all of who have performed on the world stage in a period of real advance for the sport here.
The foundations of their success will be celebrated as well with Trojan Gymnastics Club picking up the Club of the Year award as well as that for Club Social media and Digital Engagement.
Citadel Gymnastics Club in Letterkenny is another major winner from the Awards picking up recognition in four categories of Innovation, Virtual Engagement and for Coach of the Year in the GymAble and GymStart programmes.
“It has been an incredibly difficult time from March 2020 through to the present day due to the devastating impact of the Covid19 pandemic on our lives,” said Gymnastics Ireland CEO Ciaran Gallagher.
“Despite the huge and ongoing obstacles they faced, our clubs and members have again and again risen to the challenge. Simply put they have ensured our sport has survived the most difficult period in recent history.”
“On Saturday 20th November we will celebrate the innovation, resilience and successes of our community for the first time since November 2019 when we last were able to host our National Awards. It will be a special occasion marking a truly unprecedented time for our Gymnastics Ireland family.”
“Once again our international gymnasts continued to thrive on the international stage representing our country with great pride in the recent Olympic Games and World level events,” added Ciaran Whelan, Head of Innovation and Education at sponsors Marsh.
“Despite the challenges of the last 18 months, gymnastic clubs across the country showed incredible resilience in supporting local communities with fantastic initiatives for their club members. As our country reopens and participation levels continue to recover in every club, the future for gymnastics in Ireland looks very bright.”
“Marsh Ireland is proud to be associated once again with the National Awards in recognising the brilliant achievements of the past difficult period.”
There will also be special recognition awards on the night for John Treacy the outgoing CEO of Sport Ireland and for Cliona O’Leary, the former Deputy Head of Sport at RTÉ who has done so much to ensure that the success of the athletes over recent years has been visible on free to air television.
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