Bronze medal for Ni­amh

Bray People - - SPORT -

SU­GAR­LOAF gym­nast Ni­amh Hutchin­son has won bronze for Ire­land at the Celtic Cup in Perth, Scot­land.

Ni­amh, aged 13, was selected through a trial process to rep­re­sent Ire­land at the an­nual com­pe­ti­tion be­tween North­ern Ire­land, Scot­land, Wales and the Isle of Man.

Ni­amh and her coach, Sharon, en­dured a gru­elling trial process which saw them travel of­ten to Cork, Belfast and Lim­er­ick for long days of trial com­pe­ti­tions, as well as hav­ing prior train­ing com­mit­ments to the Gym­nas­tics Ire­land 2020 Olympic Start Squad of which Ni­amh is a mem­ber.

Be­tween these train­ing ses­sions in Galway, com­pe­ti­tions and tri­als, they spent weekend af­ter weekend trav­el­ling the coun­try as well as fit­ting in their usual 15 hours a week train­ing.

The team was rep­re­sented by gym­nasts from across Ire­land. Ni­amh was one of the most ex­pe­ri­enced of the team, hav­ing made her in­ter­na­tional de­but for Ire­land at the 2013 Celtic Cup on the Isle of Man.

The team had a rel­a­tively clean com­pe­ti­tion, with a few mi­nor mis­takes but pulled to­gether as a team to per­se­vere.

Ni­amh com­peted in the All Around com­pe­ti­tion - on Vault, Bars, Floor and Beam.

She se­cured the high­est score on Vault for the Ir­ish Team, which ranked her in sev­enth place, a mere .60 away from first place.

She also achieved a per­sonal best on Vault with her score of 12.550.

The team won bronze for Ire­land, the first Mi­nor (U13) Women's team to do so since 2011 where only three teams com­peted.

They show­cased some of the strong­est Ir­ish women's artis­tic per­for­mances to date for this com­pe­ti­tion.

It was a tough event, with the Ir­ish gym­nasts com­pet­ing against Scot­land, Wales and North­ern Ire­land, all of whom train in full time gym­nas­tics fa­cil­i­ties, train­ing in ex­cess of 20 hours per week.

The fi­nal standings were Wales in first place, Scot­land in sec­ond, Ire­land in third and North­ern Ire­land in fourth.

Ni­amh trains in Su­gar­loaf Gym­nas­tics in Grey­stones.

The club is cur­rently based in Shore­line Leisure Cen­tre as a set up and take down (equip­ment) fa­cil­ity, open for classes four days a week but is seek­ing a full time premises in or­der to pro­vide top class train­ing fa­cil­i­ties, op­por­tu­ni­ties and ex­tended hours to chil­dren wish­ing to par­tic­i­pate in gym­nas­tics in County Wick­low.

To learn more visit www.sug­ar­loaf­gym­nas­tics.ie or visit face­book.com/Sug­ar­loaf­Gym­nas­tics. (Photo on page 23).

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