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.

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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!!

Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Assistant Coach JOB now advertising


Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Assistant Coach

Salary – Level 1 Coach £6.90 per/hour
Level 2 Coach £7.40 per/hour
Level 3 Coach £11.09 per/hour

Hours: 20 hours minimum with the boy’s squad but full time hours (37.5 per week) will be made up with coaching Recreation and Kindergym classes. Some evenings and weekends work will be required.

Closing date: Thursday 12th June 2014, Midday.


Employer: Salto Gymnastics Centre

Business: Gymnastics Centre

Address: 4 Warren Park, Lisburn, BT28 1LW

Telephone: 02892 607888



Job duties:

Assistant gymnastics coach to boy’s development squads but as and when required additional hours to be worked with our Kindergym and Recreational classes. General housekeeping duties will be expected.


It is preferred that the applicant will have a British or Irish gymnastics level 2 coaching award in men’s gymnastics however a level 1 may be acceptable depending on coaching experience.

It is preferable the applicant has experience in coaching boys from age 5 years upwards.

Application method:

Applicant to post CV to City of Lisburn, Salto Gymnastics Centre, Warren Park, Lisburn, BT28 1LW to in return we will forward you an application pack via return email.

Other information:

Applicant must be prepared to work additional hours when required and possibly travel to competitions and squad training sessions.

Senior European Wag Team Qualify for the 2015 European Games in Baku

Congratulations to the Senior Wag Team at the European Championships in Sofia.
The Irish senior women’s- Nicole Mawhinney, India McPeak, Sarah Beck, Ciara Roberts and Ellis O’Reilly have placed 19th in the 2014 European Team Championships and in doing so secured qualification for the 2015 European Games in Baku.
After a strong showing on vault & bars the girls were unlucky to carry some falls on beam and floor that prevented a higher team rank.
This result is very encouraging for the upcoming 2014 World Championships, the first stage of qualification for the Rio Olympic Games.senior wag team europeans 2014

Salto Gymnast Casey Jo Bell makes History! First Irish Gymnast to qualify for the all-around Finals at the Junior European Championships Sofia 2014

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Salto Makes History for Gymnastics Ireland
Casey Bell and her personal coaches Kim Kensett-Friar and Sun Jie from City of Lisburn, Salto Gymnastics Centre has made history for Gymnastics Ireland by qualifying in 24th place for the junior All-Around finals at the 2014 Women’s European Junior Championships in Sofia.
Commenting on the qualification Gymnastics Ireland Performance & Technical Manager Sally Filmer stated…
‘Taking a well earned place among Europe’s elite, Casey pulled out a solid performance today to prove she is among the best juniors in Europe, we will now look to focus on the All-Around final which will take place on Friday’

Gymnastics Ireland CEO Ciaran Gallagher added…
‘Casey’s result and qualification today is a justified reward for not just Casey herself but her club, coaches and parents. From all at Gymnastics Ireland congratulations Casey and the rest of the Irish Team, we look forward with great anticipation to Fridays competition’

The Senior girls all five of the senior Ireland team and Casey Bell from the junior team are all members and train under Salto gymnastics club Lisburn. Salto Coaches Kim Kensett-Friar holds the position of National Performance coach for Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, for Ireland and Sun Jie Salto Gymnastics Head Coach lead the Ireland Junior and Senior team in all their preparations and international events. The Senior team event shows a bright future that Northern Ireland has in the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this July with possibilities of selection. With Casey Bell’s top 24 European final the future generation for gymnasts from N.I is promising.

All the girls are following the newly embedded performance pathway led by Gymnastics Ireland, Sally Filmer in the hope of future and further development leading to potential European games and Olympic Qualification.

Salto attend the annual BGNI Conference and Awards evening!


Well done to the Salto coaches and gymnasts who attended the annual British Gymnastics NI/Gymnastics NI awards evening, held in the beautiful surroundings of Titanic Belfast. The awards evening was held alongside the annual BGNI Conference, which took place in UUJ Sports centre and was attended by Salto coaches and volunteers. Congratulations to the following coaches and gymnasts who received awards:

Casey Jo Bell – WAG Gymnast of the Year
Matthew Cosgrove – MAG Gymnast of the Year
Chloe Mulhern – Young Coach of the Year
Kim Kensett – Friar – Performance Coach of the Year

Also huge congratulations to the following volunteers and coaches who were nominated:

Lucy Cameron – Young Volunteer of the Year Nominee
Louise Barlow – Young Volunteer of the Year Nominee
Emma Gorman – Development Coach of the Year Nominee

Tony Byrne Cup Results 2014

Congratulations to all the salto girls that competed and to those who won medals at the 2014 Tony Byrne Cup at Shooting Starz in Londonderry. 17 girls in total competed on Sunday 13th April. 6 girls came home with all-around titles: as follows

Keilana James All-around champion level 5 (7-8 years)
Lucy Ly Silver all-around level 5 (7-8 years)
Aleesha Deronja Bronze all-around level 5 (7-8 years)
Abbie Corbett silver all-around Level 4 (in age)
Jennifer Dickson silver all-around Level 4 (out of age)
Faith Blaney silver all-around Level 3 (in age)

A big thank-you to event organiser Zoe Johnston, Shooting Starz gymnastics for being a great host and of course the coaches, judges, and volunteers who made this a successful event.

Full results available from the salto office

Amazing results for Salto’s MAG and WAG squads at Irish Nationals 2014!


Congratulations to all the Salto gymnasts that competing at the Irish Finals in Limerick at the weekend. Please see results below:
Senior Girls Saturday: Ellis O’Reilly 1st all-around
Nicole Mawhinney 2nd all-around
India McPeak 3rd all-around
Ciara Roberts 4th all-around
Sarah Beck 6th all-around
Hannah Leckey 7th all-around
Junior Girls Saturday: Casey Jo Bell 1st all-around
Minor Girls Saturday: Lauren Lamont 4th all-around
Zoe Boal 8th all-around
Rebecca Geddis 9th all-around

Senior Girls Sunday: Ellis O’Reilly vt & br 1st, Fl 2nd, Bm 3rd
Medals Nicole Mawhinney vt, bm, br, 2nd place
India McPeak Bm & Fl 1st place
Sarah Beck 3rd bars
Junior Girls Sunday: Casey Bell 1st bars, beam, floor
Minor Girls Sunday: Rebecca Geddis 2nd beam
Lauren Lamont 2nd bars and floor
Senior Men: Matthew O’Connor 2nd floor, rings, hbar, 1st AA (5 pc
Luke Carson 3rd pommel, 1st pbars, 3rd AA (2 pc)
Matthew Cosgrove, 3rd pbars, 6th AA (1 Pc)
Junior Men: Rhys McClenaghan 1st AA/rg/vt, 2nd pb/hb, 3rd pom
Ewan McAteer fl/pom/rgs 2nd, vt/hb/AA 3rd


Huge congratulations to all the Salto gymnasts, coaches and judges who travelled the long road to Limerick and represented the club to the highest standard!