Abbey days for trampoline pair Alex and Breanna

Abbey Gymnastic Club's Breanna Courtney, Shalana Adrain (coach) and Alex McMullan.
Abbey Gymnastic Club's Breanna Courtney, Shalana Adrain (coach) and Alex McMullan.

The trampoline season has been a huge success so far for Abbey Gymnastics Club with medal hauls at regional level, a fifth placing at British National Schools’ finals in Newcastle, qualifications to Northern Ireland Championships finals and selection for Belfast Talent squad.

The highlight so far this year was the 2014 Irish National Championships which was held at the University of Limerick last month.

Abbey’s Alex McMullan (Year 8 pupil at Ballyclare Secondary School) and Breanna Courtney represented Abbey Gymnastics CIC and made their first appearances at the championships.

Each gymnast had to qualify in advance through regional heats. A place on the podium from regionals did not guarantee a place at finals as all gymnasts had to qualify with a score.

Both Alex and Breanna achieved both, finishing first and second respectively to sail through to finals.

It was the first time Abbey Gymnastics has been represented at a Trampoline National Championships and the two gymnasts did not disappoint.

With fabulous performances from both, Alex won the National Championships title for boys age 11 and 12 (Intermediate Level), and Breanna won the national title for girls age 11 and 12 (Intermediate Level) with both gymnasts taking the lead of their categories by more than two marks each!

The following week both gymnasts competed in the Irish Grand Prix.

Both Alex and Breanna performed well, being among the youngest in the group of 12.

The Grand Prix is a tough event with all gymnasts competing against each other, regardless of age or gender. The top spots were taken by more senior gymnasts with Alex finishing in fourth and Breanna in eighth.

The talented pair are looking forward to training hard over the summer months in the hope of travelling to Portugal in September to compete in a World Cup event.

Abbey Gymnastics CIC would like to take this opportunity to thank Trampoline Coach Shalana Adrain for her continued commitment to coaching at the club and, in particular, for her drive and enthusiasm for the competitive aspect of the sport.