::: Group of Dungarvan Gymnastics Club members pictured with Minister for Sport Michael Ring during his recent visit. Included are coaches Lindsey Sheehan, Lyndsay O'Shea Flynn & Denika O'Shea; Deputy John Deasy; Cllr Damien Geoghegan, Mayor of Dungarvan and Lismore, and Rosarie Kealy , Sports Coordinator with Waterford Sports Partnership.
Dungarvan Gymnastic Club’s new premises at Westgate Business Park were formally opened recently by Minister for Sport, Michael Ring TD, on February 19, 2015.
After seeing a dynamic display of gymnastics, the Minister praised the great work being done by the club to improve the health and well-being of its members in a fun and fitness-orientated environment.
The club was established eight years ago and is affiliated with Gymnastics Ireland. It currently caters for 149 recreational gymnasts and 49 competition gymnasts, ranging in age from four years upwards.
The club has competed at Women’s Artistic Gymnastics since 2008 with considerable success, winning 18 regional team medals (13 gold) and 8 team medals at national level.
Members have also collected 78 individual regional medals and 4 national titles to date.
With the aid of a grant application by Waterford Sports Partnership to the Irish Sports Council, basic equipment was purchased such as floor and safety mats, a vault, springboard, and beam.
Over the past five years the club’s fundraising has enabled it to purchase additional equipment, including 2 asymmetric bars — all now housed in the club’s spacious new unit at 2-3 Westgate, having recently relocated from Dungarvan Sports Centre.
Having allocated the club a grant of €18,000 under the 2014 Sports Capital Programme, Minister Ring’s visit was arranged by Deputy John Deasy, who supported the club’s funding application.
Lindsey Sheehan, club coach, says the sport’s popularity is really on the increase locally. “The club are currently receiving approximately 10-15 membership enquiries a week and have 30 applications on their wait list, with an additional 36 members wait-listed for the competition classes.”
To cater for this demand, the club is planning to further improve its facilities and equipment. For more information see www.dungarvangymnastics.com