Saturday 1st July saw 14 of our Squad and Competitive Advanced Recreation gymnasts compete in 2 different competitions with great success.
At the National Indoor Arena in Blanchardstown, Dublin; Laoise, Iseult, Beth, Emma W, Isla C, Sarah Mc, Amy, Erin, Ally and Caitlin qualified among the top 8 highest scoring gymnasts in their in their respective levels and apparatus. The competition was tough given that these gymnasts qualified were the best of the best, qualifying to this event alone is a huge achievement. Over 500 gymnasts competed in this new flagship event which saw all disciplines of gymnastics participate together in the one arena.
In Level 2A Laoise, aged qualified to compete on Bars and Beam where she scooped up medals for both. A silver on Bars and gold on Beam.
Level 2B saw Ally, Iseult, Beth and Emma W all qualified for Bars. To have 4 Sugarloaf gymnasts out of the top 8 qualified for Bars was a fantastic result alone. The girls had strong routines complete with bonuses resulting in Ally in 1st place, Emma W in 2nd and Beth in 3rd. Level 2B also saw Sugarloaf have 4 girls in the top 8 qualified on Floor, Isla C, Caitlin, Emma W and Ally. In a tough competition where flexibility and strength was key, Isla and Caitlin tied for second gaining silver medals.
Sarah Mc, Erin and Amy faced tough competition in the higher levels of 3, 4 and 5. Sarah Mc qualified for both vault and beam, where Beam in particular was tough with 10 gymnasts qualifying to this final. Sarah stuck her routines solid, with barely a wobble. Amy too had a tough category on Floor in Level 4, she showed beautiful artistry through her choreography. Erin qualified to Bars and Vault in Level 5, where she rocked her Vault, scoring higher than in previous competitions.
Congratulations to all of the gymnasts who qualified, performed and to those who medalled.
While there was great excitement in Dublin, Sugarloaf Squad girls Isla M, Dora, Maya and Rosie also had great news to share from their first international competition at the Zuri-Oberland Cup in Uster, Switzerland where they teamed up with Swiss/Irish gymnast Victoria . This was an open age competition at FIG Level where the girls competed against gymnasts up to 23 years old and 8 teams in total. The girls showed great poise and fluidity in their floor routines as well a solidly stuck beam routines. Out of 8 teams, the girls came away with the team bronze. In the All Around rankings the girls also placed very high among 50 competitors. Isla ranked 8th, Rosie (who was the youngest competitor in the competition) placed 16th, Dora and Maya ranked 23rd.
Well done to all of the gymnasts who competed this weekend, bringing a great close to the current competition season. Thank you to their coaches and judges who have continued to guide and support them over the last couple of months of competition.