Day 2 of the Irish FIG National Championships saw Alanna Conroy qualified to compete in the Senior FIG Beam and Floor finals (also first reserve on Bars). In Junior FIG Niamh Hutchinson qualified to compete in the Bars, Vault and Beam final (also first reserve on Floor) and Alice Fitzgerald qualified to compete in the Bars and Floor final (also first reserve on Beam). Only the top 8 gymnasts in Senior and Junior qualified through to the Apparatus Finals, we are so proud that the girl qualified through to so many finals and were named as first reserves too.
In the Senior competition Alanna competed against the Irish International Seniors which was an extremely tough competition. She placed 8th on Beam and performed a beautiful floor routine including 2 excellent twisting straight front and back somersaults to place 7th (10.570).
In the Junior competition Alice placed 6th on Bars (8.067) and following a gorgeous floor routine with beautiful jumps and straight back full twisting somersault placed 6th (10.300). Niamh placed 7th on Vault, 8th on Beam and an impressive 2nd on Bars winning a silver medal (8.767).
Congratulations to Alanna, Niamh and Alice for working so hard to be eligible to compete at this level, for performing some new moves in competition for the first time, for qualifying to make the Apparatus Finals, representing Sugarloaf as the first ever team to compete at the FIG Teams competition and ranking among the top 8 gymnasts in country in the Junior and Senior levels. The girls train between 3 and 4 days a week, up to 16 hours and also compete in other sports. They are excellent role models for all members of Sugarloaf Gymnastics Club, we look forward to upgrading our routines for next years competition and hope to have more Sugarloaf members competing at FIG level soon.