Salto Coaches Attend Level 3 Theory Course in UUJ



Our six level 2 coaches were very busy this weekend (6th – 7th Feb 2016), as they attended a level 3 theory module. The course was taken by BG workforce tutors Neil Burton, Anne Marie Barr and Terri Fisher in the University of Ulster, Jordanstown Campus. Conor, Chloe, Kirsty, Emma, Pearce and Kelly are a mix of Men’s and Women’s Artistic coaches who the club have encouraged to progress on to the next stage of the coach education ladder. The group now have a portfolio to complete and practical modules to get signed off by NI Technical experts before becoming fully qualified level 3 coaches in their disciplines. Good luck guys!

Upcoming competitions for Feb/March 2016!

We have a very busy few months ahead, as our gymnasts across three disciplines prepare for upcoming competitions and performances:

  • Our WAG girls will be competing in February at the Tony Byrne Cup and in March at the Northern Ireland Championships, both being held in Salto
  • Our GG girls will be competing in Febuary at the Valentine’s Challenge and in March at the Northern Ireland Championships, both being held at Twisters GC in Derry/Londonderry
  • Our GG girls who make up the City of Lisburn Salto Display Team and Mini Team will also be displaying their routines named ‘Lyrical Dream’ and ‘True colours’ at the Gym Fusion 2016 event being held in Derry/Londonderry
  • Our MAG boys will be competing at the Northern Ireland Championships in February, being held at Salto.

Good luck to all our competition gymnasts and performers! #TeamSalto

Casey Bell and Ewan McAteer selected for European Youth Olympics

Salto Gymnastics have had two of its gymnasts selected by the Irish Olympic Council to compete in the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) to be held in Tbilisi, Georgia, 25 July to 2 August.

15 year olds Ewan McAteer and Casey Jo Bell, both from Lisburn, comprise two of the five strong, Irish gymnastics team having achieved the Olympic qualifying score earlier in the year.

Council Eyo photoBoth gymnasts are Bursary Award Winners from the Mary Peters Trust. Dame Mary Peters DBE CH, with the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh, Councillor Thomas Beckett, joined with Mandy McMaster from Salto to wish both gymnasts the very best of luck and to congratulate them on their selection achievement.

The Mayor of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Thomas Beckett has officially named the ‘Mary Peters Trust’ as his chosen charity for his Mayoral Term. Both Ewan and Casey have benefitted from The Mary Peters Trust and from Sport Lisburn and are delighted to have their support. Ewan and Casey would also like to thank their coaches at Salto Gymnastics National Centre, Gymnastics Ireland and Irish Olympic Council for their continued support and wish all of the athletes in ‘Team Ireland’ good luck at EYOF in Georgia.

The Mayor said: “I am delighted Ewan and Casey Jo will have the opportunity to compete in Tbilisi. Well done to them, to Salto, to their trainers and to their families for the dedication, effort and commitment athleticism at this standard requires. We will be looking to their progress with interest.”

Casey Jo Bell and her personal coaches Kim Kensett-Friar and Sun Jie from City of Lisburn, Salto Gymnastics Centre made history for Gymnastics Ireland last year by qualifying for the junior All-Around finals at the 2014 Women’s European Junior Championships in Sofia. Casey also recently competed in the 2015 Flanders International Team Challenge competition in May, as a training preparation for EYOF.

Ewan McAteer has recently won a bronze medal on vault at the British Championships; taken Silver medal at the All-around Irish Championships in May and helped his Irish team to secure Team Gold in the Celtic Cup in Wales in April. He has been training under the guidance of his new high performance coach, Wajdi Bouallègue. Wajdi a two-time Olympian, is Head Coach for boys gymnastics at Salto Gymnastics National Centre has been working closely with Ewan to ensure that he is on top form for the competition and tips Ewan’s vault as ‘the one to watch’ from Ireland at the European Youth Olympic Festival.

The program of EYOF includes 9 sports: judo, tennis, artistic gymnastics, cycling, athletics, swimming, volleyball, handball and basketball. Over 3800 athletes from 50 European countries will arrive in Tbilisi to participate in the Youth Olympic Festival.

Delegation for Worlds 2014 announced!!

Gymnastics Ireland are pleased to announce the delegation selected to represent Ireland at the 2014 World Championships in China from the 1st – 13th October.

Both the Men’s and Women’s teams are in final preparations at their final training camp and depart this Thursday, 25th September. Gymnastics Ireland would like to wish Chris O’Connor and Matthew Cosgrave a speedy recovery following their unfortunate injuries received in recent weeks which ruled both out of selection.

Women’s Team

Ellis O’Reilly
Nicole Mawhinney
Sarah Beck
Ciara Roberts
Denise Moloney

Men’s Team

Kieran Behan
Andrew Smith
Rohan Sebastian
Ian Makowske
Daniel Fox
Adam Dalton

Head of Delegation: Sally Filmer
Head Coach Men: Barry Winch
Coach Men: Simon Gale
Head Coach Women: Kim Kansett Friar
Coach Women: Sun Jie
Coach Women: Sam James
We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone the best of luck with their final preparations.

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Success at UK School Games 2014


Well done to the Salto gymnasts who made up Team Northern Ireland at this year’s UKSGs, which were held in Manchester:

Casey Jo Bell
Ewan McAteer
Rhys McClenaghan

Big thanks to the Salto coaches and judges who travelled with them:

Amanda McMaster
Gina Popa Dickson
Pearce O’Neill
Matthew Irvine

The event is for young gymnasts to aspire towards their way through the pathway to international competition. The British Gymnastics is working at local, County and Regional level, to implement the National Schools Competition Framework to establish developmental pathways. Consulting across gymnastics organisations and involving the Youth Sport Trust ensures that this framework is holistic in its approach. The Sainsbury’s 2014 School Games helps bridge the gap from development to elite and as such is a crucial pathway to World Class and helps drive development in the Home Countries towards high level competition.

Full results available from:

Northern Ireland announce the gymnastics delegation for the 2014 Commonwealth Games

Huge congratulations to the following Salto gymnasts who will go forth to represent their country at this Summer’s Commonwealth Games, being  held in Glasgow in July:


Sarah Beck

Nicole Mawhinney

India McPeak

Ciara Roberts



Matthew Cosgrove

Luke Cosgrove



Kim Kensitt – Friar

Sun Jie

Barry Winch


We wish the team the best of luck in their final preparations!!

September 2014 Registration- Recreation and Kindergym FOR CURRENT MEMBERS ONLY

Download registration form

Please download form with the link above, print, complete all areas and return to the Salto Office with Term 1 Fee Payment by Monday 7th July 2014 at the latest.

REGISTRATION CHECKLIST You must now register to keep your child’s place for September 2014.

         Closing Date for all applications is

                  Monday 7th July 2014

 Unfortunately if we do not receive your form


        Term 1 fee payment by this date

Your child’s place in their chosen class will not be secure.

Please print a form off,

complete and return with the applicable fee.

Payment can be made in cash/cheque or card.

The new term fees are as follows:

£60 Kindergym

£62.50 Recreation

£50 Saturday Central School

£69.50 Monday 4.30 selection girls  


If you wish to change to another class we recommend

that you return your form as soon as forms are released.

You will be put on a list to move to the class.

We cannot confirm a change of class until after Monday 7th of

July when all members have been given the opportunity to renew

their space. Please put your current class on the form and

class you wish to move to. Please ring after the 7th July to check

if the move was possible. If there are no spaces in the class we

will contact you with alternatives.

We will not accept any fee payment without the form

Sarah Crothers

Office Manager Salto NGC

4 Warren Park


BT28 1LW