UPDATED - 2022 Marsh Gymnastics Ireland National Awards - Winners Announced!

18th November 2022, 17:36p.m. | National Awards

We are proud to announce the winners for the 2022 Marsh Gymnastics Ireland National Awards which will be held on Saturday 10th December in the Raddison Blu Hotel, Dublin.

Commenting on the announcement Gymnastics Ireland CEO, Ciaran Gallagher, said:

'2022 saw our sport bounce back into action following the very difficult 2 years impacted by the pandemic. One thing we learned from this difficult period is just how much we value our sport and how truly great our gymnastics community is! Our clubs again reopened as part of the beating heart of their local communities rolling out our full suite of programmes from GymSTART through to GymABLE, The Floor and the National Series. We reengaged in our innovation projects including new research in the areas of women in sport and teenage retention in sport, this research will frame some very exciting new developments that will launch in 2023 so watch this space! The GI Performance programme got back into full swing and what a year it has been! Commonwealth Games and World Cup finalists/medallists, then topped off by Rhys McClenaghan becoming our first gymnastics World Champion, one of only 3 World Champions in Irish sport this year! We have a great organisation and community of members - I can't wait to celebrate all their great achievements at the National Awards on Saturday 10th December! I would also like to again express my sincere thanks to Ciaran Whelan, Barbara McCluskey & Marsh who again return as our headline sponsor for the awards, their investment in the recognition of the great work of our clubs & members is very much appreciated. Finally, congratulations to all the award winners - roll on the 10th December!'

Awards made by selection from nominations submitted by membership:

  • GymSTART Coach of the Year: Ailbhe Ivory (Sugarloaf GC)
  • National Series Coach of the Year: Tash Day (Douglas GC)
  • GymABLE Coach of the Year: Karen Friel (Dynamo GC)
  • GymSTART Club of the Year: Excel GC
  • National Series Club of the Year: Douglas GC
  • GymABLE Club of the Year: Citadel GC
  • National Series Gymnast of the Year: Paulina Wiktorczyk (Phoenix GC)
  • GymABLE Gymnast of the Year: Melissa Matthews (Citadel GC) & Jayden Haynes (Cork Acro GC)
  • Unsung Hero: Mary Murray (Eccles GC) & Natasha Kelly (Citadel GC)
  • Club of the Year: Cork Acro GC

Awards made by direct appointment:

  • Club Governance: Limerick GC
  • Safe Club: Cork Acro GC
  • Club Social & Digital: Kilbarry GC
  • Young Coach of the Year - National: Caitlyn Kiely (Ballincollig GC)
  • Coach of the Year - International: Conor McGovern (Salto GC)
  • Special Recognition
    • Former Board Members
      • Amanda Kinahan
      • Andrew Coulter
    • Education
      • Ruth Larragy (Judge education - Excel GC)
      • Caomhan Murray (Judge education - Excel GC)
      • Luke Curran (Coach education - Supersonic GC)
    • Inclusion (Women in Sport & Teenage Retention)
      • Sinead Ahearne (Vortex GC)
      • Sheenagh O'Callaghan (Arabian GC)
    • Coaches/Judges
      • Michelle Mooney (Coaching within National Squad system - Cork Acro GC)
      • Elaine Nash (Renmore GC)
      • Luke Carson (Coach to Ireland's first gymnastics World Champion)
  • Gymnasts
    • Eamon Montgomery (Salto GC - World Cup medallist & Commonwealth finalist)
    • Adam Steele (Douglas GC - World Cup medallist)
    • Ewan McAteer (Salto GC - Commonwealth finalist & qualified for World Championships)
    • Domnick Cunningham (qualified for World Championships)
    • Daniel Fox (Douglas GC- qualified for World Championships)
    • Hallie Hilton (qualified for World Championships)
    • Emma Slevin (Renmore GC - qualified for World Championships)
    • Cliona McLaughlin (Renmore GC - qualified for finals at the World Age Group Championships)
    • Hugo Kinahan (Renmore GC - qualified for finals at the World Age Group Championships)
  • Rising Star: Chester Enriquez (Salto GC)
  • Gymnast of the Year: Rhys McClenaghan

Congratulations to all our award winners!

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