Two Tolworth Gymnasts Compete in the Worlds for Ireland:

November 4th 2010

 Anthony O’Donnell, 19, went to his first World Champs and gained a new Personal Best at this major championships with a score of 75.098.

Nice straight Tsuk full twist on vault. On floor he did a huge double Arabian with back with 1.5 twist to finish. Clean high bar with Veronin release and catch safely caught.With just one fall on Pommels Anthony had a great competition, and is now looking forwards to  trials for the Euros next  year.

Anthony says ” I had an amazing experience at the Worlds and was glad to have improved on my performance at the Europeans in April, which wasn’t as good as I could have wished for. Thanks to my Club and personal coaches, and the change of pace as I go back to my day job next week as a builder should be interesting!”

Kieran Behan, 21, scored 37.866 for three pieces, ( Rings, P-Bar and High Bar).

From having a tough year, snapping his ACL just before the Europeans in April, Kieran took part in the 3 events WITHOUT dismount due to his knee not being fully recovered post surgery, which puts his start values down by 0.9.

Solid Maltese and Azarian on rings. Parallel bars saw him do Stutz, Bilozerchev (stutz to one bar) combination with glide kip through L sit to handstand. Straight Markalov, then a fall on Tkatchev on high bar was quickly recovered as he repeated the skill and then performed Rybalco, Healy to el grip to complete his routine.

Kieran says ” This was the best gymnastic experience of my life, I couldn’t have got there without the help and support of  Tolworth Gymnastics Club, especially my personal coaches, Si, Jimmy and Daz. I can’t wait now to get back to full fitness and compete on all 6 pieces at next years Europeans.”

The boys did excellently and Tolworth is very proud to have them within their squad.

Tolworth Staff members Simon Gale and “Jimmy” Demetrious Bradshaw were selected to go as the Irish National Team Coaches, again doing Tolworth extremely proud at this level of competition.

Simon says ” I couldn’t of ever dreamt when I first started coaching, that I would be putting a gymnast up at the Worlds at the age of 31. It is an honour to be selected by Irish Gymnastics and I had an amazing time. ”

Jimmy says ” It was amazing to have the Worlds as my first international competition as a coach. Really proud of our lads and the experience from the training halls to competition arena . I would also like to thank Irish Gymnastics for the opportunity.”

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