Clondalkin’s gymnasts strike gold in Tyneside International

CLONDALKIN Gymnastics Club made quite an impact at last weekend’s Tyneside International Sharon Slater Cup in Newcastle, with their most Senior IDP Women’s Trio team of Sophie Toomey, Fiona Tapley and Orna Lamon capturing gold.

Ten members of the club were selected to compete in this competition which was staged over two days and involved more than 300 gymnasts from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Clondalkin Gymnastics Sophie Toomey Fiona tapley and Orna Lamon

On the opening day, Toomey, Tapley and Lamon completed their Dynamic routine- the first of two that they would perform.

The girls produced an excellent display to race into first place- a position they held overnight before taking to the floor to perform their Balance routine on Day Two.

“It was a nail biting wait to see if they could hold onto their overnight lead when all the scores were added together” said Clondalkin Gymnastic Club’s Julia Toomey.

“The girls were delighted when the results were announced and they were confirmed as the winners of the Gold medal” she added.

It marked the second year in a row that the girls have made it to the top of the podium at this event and they will be very much encouraged at successfully defending their title.

Meanwhile the second day of competition also saw the Clondalkin Grade Four Women's Trio of Daisy Smith, Zara O'Reilly and Kate Thomas along with the Grade Four Women's pairs of Laura Brophy and Sadbh Breen and Sophie Carey and Lucy Lawlor all complete excellent routines.

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