Parents & Gymnasts

An inclusive programme targeted at providing gymnastics opportunities for people with disabilities

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Gymnastics Irelands Disability Ambassadors are young club members who we hope will motivate and inspire other young people with disabilities to get involved in gymnastics.
Our first ever ambassadors are three young gymnasts from three of our member clubs who took part in Gymnastics Irelands first GymABLE Club Inclusion Project in 2017.

The three girls, along with many other gymnasts involved in our GymABLE Club Inclusion Project, participated in our National Disability Day which took place on Saturday 16th December 2017.

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Our GymABLE ambassadors represent, promote, and enhance the positive values of our GymABLE program and gymnastics for anyone with a disability involved in our sport.

See our Participation Events Programme below:

The Floor is Gymnastics Irelands flagship display event which provides clubs with the opportunity to bring their display teams to a national event with other teams from all around the country, all of whom put on an entertainment spectacle for an enthusiastic crowd of gymnastics fans.

The aim of this event is to create an annual showcase for clubs and gymnasts of all ages and abilities to come together to celebrate the fun, friendship, and pure joy of taking part in gymnastics in a non competitive environment where everyone is celebrated and has their “moment in the spotlight”.

For this event, Gymnastics Ireland brings the X-Factor to 'The Floor ' with stage lighting, video recording, social media, sound production, a fantastic MC in the shape of Shay Byrne from RTE, as well as our own version of the X-Factor panel of experts who interact with teams after their performances, creating special “moments of pride” for each team, as well as giving valuable feedback.

This event is open to all levels of ability and disability, all ages, all genders & all categories of Gymnastics Ireland membership.

GymSTART is a participation-based programme for our recreational membership, that is designed to allow any gymnast, regardless of age or ability, to take part in, and enjoy, gymnastics. The programme is built around personal achievement, where all levels of ability are celebrated regardless of age, ability, or disability.

The GymSTART Challenge is a National Event, based on our GymSTART Awards. This event is designed specifically to allow gymnast to choose the level and skills to suit their ability and/or disability, create their own routine and perform these routines in front of a huge enthusiastic audience. The event recognises personal achievement, and the focus of the day is on fun, friendship, and celebration.

This event is open to all levels of ability and disability, all ages, all genders.

The GymSTART Competition is a national competitive event, the next step after the GymSTART Challenge. This event aims to provide our recreational members with an opportunity to experience competition within a fun and relaxed environment while still celebrating personal achievement. Within this competitive structure, there are several pathways for gymnasts with a disability to take part and compete at whatever level they choose.

This event is open to all levels of ability and disability, all ages, all genders.

The JumpSTART Competition is a national competitive event which is discipline-focused and provides our recreational members with the opportunity to compete in more than one discipline – Acrobatics, Rhythmic, Trampoline and Tumbling. JumpSTART acts as the bridge between our GymSTART and the National Series events programme whereby club recreational level gymnasts can try one, some and/or all the disciplines as an individual gymnast, as part of a discipline team and part of an overall club team.

This event is open to all levels of ability and disability, all ages, all genders.

I am incredibly proud of Niamh as she takes on the role of an Ambassador to Gymnastics Ireland GymABLE. Niamh loves gymnastics and always does her very best at her gymnastic session because she enjoys it so much. The benefits of gymnastics training is immeasurable, providing strength, balance and stretching which are the core elements of Niamh’s challenges that her cerebral palsy presents and which she must work on every day and gymnastics provides that not only in a fun way but by also setting achievable goals to which Niamh can aim for. Niamh’s confidence has grown so much since she commenced gymnastics but most important of all she is happy knowing she can tell her friends that she does gymnastics like them!

Niamh's Mum

Disability Day

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If you want to find out more about inclusion in our clubs, use our Find a Club function and find a club near you!

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Phone: 01 625 1125

Email: [email protected]

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