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Coaches

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EILIS

Role: Club Owner & Designated Person

Who is your favourite gymnast ever? Catalina Ponor 
What’s your favourite skill?
“Ok I have to do one per piece…. Floor = double straight, 
Beam = A proper split leap, Bars = The Tweddle (the first
time I saw it I was like “eh what just happened?”),
Vault = plain and simple (well simple-ish!) = a straight
Yurochenko
Most memorable moment?
“A little boy told me that that ‘out of all the coaches
you look most like a cat!’”
A little about me & gymnastics: 
“I’ve been flipping around a gym in some form for about
25 years now …… my career as a gymnast started like most
in a recreational class and from there I moved onto competitive
gymnastics and then display gymnastics. After graduating from
Trinity with a degree in business & economics in 2005, I decided
to turn my passion into my job and joined forces with my best
old gym buddy Aoife to open Arabian ... and to say I’ve never
looked back is an understatement. I LOVE gymnastics and love
sharing this wonderful sport with every child who comes through
our doors”.

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AOIFE

Role: Club Owner and Childrens Officer

Who is your favourite gymnast ever?
“There’s too many…… old school I’d have to say Dominique 
Moicianu, nowadays I love Simone Biles.”
What’s your favourite skill?
“An arabian of course!”
Most memorable moment?
“Finishing the renovations on the gym and seeing customers’ 
faces as they walked in the door.”
A little about me & gymnastics: 
“I started gymnastics when I was seven and from that moment 
on I practised morning noon & night. I travelled the world as 
part of a display team - my teammates becoming my lifelong 
friends.  In 2005 I opened Arabian with one of those friends 
(Eilis). The discipline and dedication I learned throughout 
my career as a gymnast has helped me throughout the trials 
and tribulations of running my own business. Gymnastics 
has helped me in every aspect of my life and it gives me 
such a kick to think that through running the gym I get 
to pass on these benefits to hundreds of children.”

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SHEENAGH

Role: Operations manager

Who is your favourite gymnast ever?
My all time favourites are Maria Olaru & Shawn Johnson but 
currently I love Kyla Ross & Jordyn Weiber. 
What’s your favourite skill?
“Double back on floor & onodi on beam”
Most memorable moment?
“I love when you help a gymnast get a new move that they’ve 
been practising forever – it makes it all worthwhile when they 
run up to ring the bell and perform it for everyone…………………..Oh 
and having two of my elite girls qualify for the National 
Team has been REALLY AWESOME!”
A little about me & gymnastics: 
“I started gym at age 7 in a recreational class. I’ve been 
coaching for 13 years and working in Arabian for 7. I fell in 
love with the sport when I watched the 2000 Olympics in Sydney 
and have been a massive fan / COMPLETELY OBSESSED with the 
sport ever since ……. I follow the gymnastics religiously now 
and if I’m not in the gym coaching you can guarantee I’m on my 
Ipad looking up the latest developments in competitions or new 
coaching techniques. My short-term ambition is to continue to 
develop the elite programme in Arabian to an international and 
long-term is to bring one of our gymnasts to the Olympics.”

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NICOLA

Role: Gym manager
Coach Nicola
Who is your favourite gymnast ever?
Shawn Johnson
What’s your favourite skill?
“Giants on bars”
Most memorable moment?
“Our first trip to Leeds was amazing! I’ve actually 
never laughed as much in my life!”
A little about me & gymnastics: 
“Gymnastics is in my blood – my dad was a gymnast 
and a coach. My dad didn’t want to push me into 
“his sport” so he just put me into a recreational 
class but as soon as I started I couldn’t get enough. 
I joined the squad and competed at loads of regionals 
and nationals. But for me the most enjoyable part of 
the sport is display gymnastics – I love the teamwork 
aspect of it! When I’m coaching I try to create that 
atmosphere for the gymnasts!

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SINEAD

Coach Sinead
Who is your favourite gymnast ever?
“The Queen: Svetlana Khorkina”
What’s your favourite skill?
“Free Walkover”
Most memorable moment?
“Well there’s been loads of memorable ones at competitions and 
displays over the years but I’ll never forget bringing my son 
Olly aged two to his first Gymtots class… …he LOVES gymnastics 
too especially practising ‘stands’ aka handstands. My younger 
daughter Sienna will be at Gymtots as soon as she can walk!”
A little about me & gymnastics: 
“I’ve been a gymnast since age seven and can genuinely say that 
the friends I’ve met through the sport are my ‘mates for life’. 
After finishing school I knew I wanted to further my education 
in sport and studied PE at Chester University. I graduated in 
2005 and jumped at the chance to work full-time in the newly 
opened Arabian. At the time there were no other full-time gyms 
in Ireland so it was a bit of a risk to forgo my career as a 
PE teacher……. But I knew I loved this sport more than any other 
sport in the world and nine years on I am so glad I made that choice.

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SIMONA

Coach Sinead
Who is your favourite gymnast ever?
I grew up watching Romanian gymnasts. My coach used to record all the European and World championships and then gave us a VHS to watch them. I really enjoyed Lavinia Milosovici, Gina Gogean and Simona Amanar whom I ended up seeing competing live in Euros 1998. Shannon Miller was huge back then too and I cannot forget Nadia Comaneci and Czechoslovakian Vera Caslavska.
What’s your favourite skill?
 I have never had a favourite skill but all the skills giving you the feeling of flying were my favourite. It would be Jaeger on the bars and just a simple  warm up layout on the floor where you punch so hard that you fly high and enjoy every moment of being upside down until the moment you land. I also enjoyed Onodi on beam and watching big girls on TV doing double layout on floor. 
Most memorable moment
 I think it would the time when gymnastics was just fun and our coach let us jump into the foam pit everyday after the practise. We sometimes had a free run of the gym to practise whatever we wanted. That was really enjoyable. Also I am very proud of the moment when I perfectly executed my beam routine in front of my parents and ended up with really high score. Another memorable gymnastics moment would be attending opening ceremonies of EYOF 1997 and World Youth Games 1998. It was spectacular and no one told me that we would be carrying our flag and being part of such a big multi sport event.
A little about me & gymnastics: 
I started when I was 3 years old. It was all fun, we had a good team. My primary school was just next door to the gym (as was my home) so our coach arranged with a school for us to skip PE, Art and Musical classes and instead we did some conditioning in the gym. When I was around 11 I went to a Sport Secondary school which allowed me to train in the morning and in the afternoon and progress with my gymnastics career. I was part of the Slovak National team and attended loads of international competitions including Euros. . Gymnastics is really hard sport not only physically but also mentally. I am super excited to come back to gymnastics after so many years of just watching it on tv!

SIMONA

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ALEX


Who is your favourite gymnast ever?
“Alicia Sacramone”
What’s your favourite skill?
“A perfectly executed switch leap”
Most memorable moment?
“Can I do one as a gymnast and one as a coach??
As a gymnast travelling to Lithuania in 2008 to take part in 
the Open Baltic Competition and coming third…. I’ll honestly 
never forget standing on that podium next to the Russian and 
Lithuanian team with the Irish flag raised behind us.
And as a coach I will never forget travelling to the world 
renowned Huntingdon gymnastics club to take part in the elite 
training camp. We met Lewis Smith and picked up coaching tips 
from his coach Paul Hall. All the coaches and the elite 
gymnasts we brought had a ball!”
A little about me & gymnastics: 
“I started in Arabian when I was 9. I loved the classes so much 
and was soon selected to join the acrobatics squad. I loved 
training at this high level – the rewards of constantly getting 
new skills were well worth the hard work and dedication (and even 
giving up my weekends). After retiring from competition I joined 
the Display Team and love the travelling abroad to participate 
in festivals. I started coaching in 2012 and judging in 2013. 
I think having been a gymnast helps me hugely with coaching as 
I’m able to put myself in the child’s position and I really enjoy 
passing on the ‘tricks of the trade’ to the next generation.”

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JESSA


Who is your favourite gymnast ever?
Nastia Liukin
What’s your favourite skill?
“An Onodi”
Most memorable moment?
“ My first competition as a coach….. after being Sheenagh’s 
assistant coach for 3 months, we brought our junior squad group 
to level 1 Regionals. I’ll never forget seeing them high five 
each other after their routines, it was so cute and brought me 
back to my first competitions. I hope their teammates grow to 
be their best friends the way mine have!”
A little about me & gymnastics: 
“I guess I was a late starter in gymnastics terms as I only 
started at age 10. I was quickly chosen for a squad and competed 
at regionals and nationals in both acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. 
I still train competitively and am also on a display team that 
travels to many festivals throughout the UK and Ireland. I have 
just started coaching the Junior Display Team and love working with 
young talented gymnasts……… I’m hoping to eventually coach junior 
squad and pre-elite gymnasts.”

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ELLEN

Coach Ellen
Who is your favourite gymnast ever?
Victoria Komova
What’s your favourite skill?
Any  version of a split leap that shows a 180’ split is 
always very beautiful 
Most memorable moment?
“Winning a medal at the Open Baltic Competition in 
Lituania!”
A little about me & gymnastics: 
“I started gymnastics almost 10 years ago and it is a huge 
part of my life….. whenever I’m preparing for school exams, 
gymnastics is the only time I can really switch off. I think 
having a sport you can just throw yourself into when you need 
it is essential and I’m so glad I discovered gymnastics”.

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IZZY S

Who is your favourite gymnast ever?
My favourite gymnast ever would have to be Aly Raisman.
What's your favourite skill?
My favourite skill is the Amanar on vault.
Most memorable moment?
I have so many great memories at Arabian but my favourite moment would have to be my first time performing with the Senior display team in the Christmas show 
A little about me & gymnastics:
I started gymnastics when I was 7 and did competitive gymnastics up to the age of 15. It is my favourite sport and I love being a coach!

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HANNAH

Coach Hannah
Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
Simone Biles
What's your favourite skill?
Back handspring on beam 
Most memorable moment?
I would have to say my first ever Christmas show as a gymnast. I was terrified but I enjoyed myself so much and now Christmas routines and shows are my favourite part of the curriculum to coach!!
A little about me & gymnastics:
I started at Arabian when I was 7 and still haven’t left! I was part of the squad programme while training and loved to perform. I continued training until I was 17 and then got into coaching. You could say I was born to do it as my dad was involved in gymnastics from a young age. It really is one big family here in Arabian, partly because I have coached alongside my dad and currently coach with my sister but also because I grew up here in this gym.

Hannah

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JENNY

Coach Jenny
Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
Shawn Johnson
What's your favourite skill?
An Onodi on beam
Most memorable moment?
My favourite memory would have to be our trip to Disneyland Paris with the Senior display team to perform in the park. It really is an experience I'll never forget.
A little about me & gymnastics:
I was a gymnast in Arabian from the age of 7 onwards. From the minute I started, there was no stopping me, over the years I was increasing my hours until the gym pretty much became my second home! In terms of coaching, I started through my TY work experience. It was a different side to gymnastics I hadn't experienced before and I thoroughly enjoyed it and well I've been here ever since.

Jenny

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AVA

Coach Ava
Who's your favorite gymnast ever?
Gabby Douglas. 
What's your favourite skill?
Free Walkover, I think it look so beautiful.
Most memorable moment?
My most memorable moment was would have to be when I won gymnast of the month as a kid. That sticks in my head because it was when I really realised how much I loved the sport.
A little about me & gymnastics:
I started off in Arabian when I was about 6 and loved it. I continued training over the years and only stopped when I started coaching! 

Ava

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JESSICA

Coach Jessica
Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
Shawn Johnson or Kyla Ross
What’s your favourite skill?
Free walkovers
Most memorable moment?
My first class as a coach. I got to put my two passions, gymnastics and teaching, together and I knew then and there that this was something I was always going to love doing. 
A little about me & gymnastics:
I remember watching gymnastics for the first time in the 2008 Olympics and I knew that was what I wanted to do. A month or so later, after lots of annoying my parents, I did my first gymnastics class and I’ve never stopped since. I got to be part of Arabian’s acrobatic and artistic squads and go to Leeds with the display team. Gymnastics has brought so much to my life. I’m very grateful I was able to learn so much and now get to share that with all of our gymnasts.”

Jessica

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AIOFE

Coach Aoife
Who is your favourite gymnast ever?
Aly Raisman
What’s your favourite skill?
It would have to be an Aerial
Most memorable moment?
My most memorable moment in Arabian was performing at Gymfest in Scotland with Senior Display Team. The trip as a whole was so much fun but getting to perform with the team just topped it off.
A little about me & gymnastics:
I moved to Arabian in 2016 and joined the Sapphire Squad and Senior Display Team. I competed until 2019. I loved the sport so much and wanted to stay involved so I became a coach and have been coaching ever since!

Aoife

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ELLA Mc

Coach Ella
Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
I love Aly Raisman! I think she is so inspiring and of course Simone Biles.
What's your favourite skill?
My favourite skill is a forwards walkover, I think it’s such a beautiful skill
Most memorable moment?
My most memorable moment in Arabian was traveling to Leeds in 2018 to perform at the Leeds gym festival with Teen Team! It was so much fun and an amazing experience.
A little about me & gymnastics:
I always had an interest in gymnastics as a child and I started in Arabian when I was ten years old. I loved gymnastics so so much. I started doing more classes and then joined the Teen team display team when I was about 14. I really enjoyed being on a display team, I loved performing. I then started coaching at Arabian when I was 17.

Ella

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KATIE

Coach Katie
Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
Shawn Johnson, Aly Raisman, Simone Biles 
What's your favourite skill?
To watch: Maloney and double straight 
To perform : Yurchenko and double back
Most memorable moment?
There's way too many!! But one of my favourites was my sixteenth birthday when Sheenagh threw me a little party and we went to the beach and did some conditioning on the beach and we had such a fun day.
A little about me & gymnastics:
I started in Arabian when I was about 7 and I loved it straight away! I was invited onto the squad when I was about 9/10 and when I was around 13 Arabian started our elite programme and I started training 6 days a week and made the Irish team and was able to compete internationally for Ireland at the Northern Europeans. Because of some health issues and just bad luck, I had to stop training, but I started coaching and now I'm one of the squad coaches which I am absolutely loving. Arabian has been my second home ever since I started there and I've made a lot of lifelong friends. Sheenagh was such a huge part of my love of gymnastics and my success, she is an amazing coach. Gymnastics has taught me so much and I'm always so grateful for all the lessons I've learned and especially all the friends I've made along the way.

Katie

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SOPHIE

Coach Sophie
Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
Nadia Comaneci
What's your favourite skill?
Back handspring
Most memorable moment?
The excitement when we came first place after performing with the Senior Display team at a display in Disneyland Paris!
A little about me & gymnastics:
When I was 4 I did a summer camp where I met Éilis and Aoife who were in the process of starting a gymnastics club at the time, so I’ve really been here at Arabian since the start! I remember trying out for the squads with Dara and then years later winning our first all Ireland medal. I’ve enjoyed all the trips with the senior display team and going on to work with the girls I’ve grown up with!

Sophie

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DARA

Coach Dara
Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
There's so many amazing gymnasts at the moment but my favourite would have to be Laurie Hernandez her gymnastics is so fun to watch not only the skill level but also the dance elements aswell.
What's your favourite skill?
My favourite skill would have to be an aerial
Most memorable moment?
My most memorable moment from the gym would have to be when we went to Disneyland with the display team, it was such an amazing trip with all the girls and we won the completion which made the trip 10x better!
A little about me & gymnastics:
I was thrown into so many camps and sports when I was younger but gymnastics was the one that stuck with me. When I was younger I was obsessed with the sport, doing cartwheels around the house and rewatching stick it over and over. I made such great friends in the gym that I now work with. I love coaching children gymnastics and seeing them as happy as I was when I was younger!

Dara

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MILLY

Coach Milly
Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
Simone Biles for sure!
What's your favourite skill?
Onodi
Most memorable moment?
Definitely our trip to Disneyland Paris with the Senior Display team! That's an experience I'll never forget. 
A little about me & gymnastics:
I started gymnastics when I was around 8 years old and I loved it so much. My favourite pieces were always bars and floor but I've done a little bit of everything over the years. I was part of the acro squad for a while and then moved to the artistic squad and also joined the Senior Display team. Throughout the years I've met so many people who I'm still friends with today! I was training in a squad group up until a few years ago and have great memories growing up in the gym. I started coaching as I finished up training and have so much fun every day I'm at work!

Milly

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ALI

Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
Aly Raisman
What's your favourite skill?
Handspring front sumersault 
Most memorable moment?
One that sticks out in my head is when I landed my backward walkover on the high beam for the first time. This was a skill that took me a lot of practice and anyone who's ever tried it I'm sure will agree it's a scary one. I was so happy to have finally overcome my fear when I went for it on the high beam.
A little about me & gymnastics:
I started gymnastics when I was 4 years old & I remember Grace was my first ever coach. I loved it from the minute I started and a couple of years later joined the Junior Display team. This was my first experience as part of a big team within gymnastics and I continued with that for another couple of years. As I got older I moved on to the Cheer Display team which was my favourite. We were all great friends on the team and we made amazing memories. I think I enjoyed the Cheer display team so much because I got to try lots of different thinks like throws and jumps that I hadn't done before.

Ali

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KELLIE N

Coach Kellie N
Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
Shawn Johnson
What's your favourite skill?
I'd have to say an aerial 
Most memorable moment?
My most memorable moment would have to be when I was invited onto the Squad, it was so exciting!!
A little about me & gymnastics:
I started gymnastics in Arabain when I was around 4/5. I progressed my way through the competitive levels competing at national competitions for the 10 years following that. After I had finished competing I couldn't just walk away from the sport so I got into coaching and I love it! I'm currently involved in squad coaching and I really enjoy the challenge.

Kellie N

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KELLIE T

Coach Kellie T
Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
Simone Biles
What's your favourite skill?
Giants on bars
Most memorable moment?
my most memorable moment would have to be that moment right before you perform on a competition - that feeling is what I remember most. It was such a rush of excitement and nerves.
A little about me & gymnastics:
I started gymnastics when I was about 5 here in Arabian. I continued in recreational classes for a couple of years and then joined the acro squad which was very different from what I had done before. Acro is all about teamwork which is an aspect I really loved. The acro squad and Senior Display team allowed me to compete all over Ireland and abroad. I continued training until I was about 16 and then started assistant coaching as a way of staying involved, and I've been coaching ever since!

Kellie T

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CHRISTINA

Coach Kellie T
Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
Nastia Liukin is my favourite gymnast
What's your favourite skill?
Piked tsukahara
Most memorable moment?
My most memorable gymnastics moment was receiving a Gymnastics Ireland plaque at my national competition for the least amount of deductions from the whole day!
A little about me & gymnastics:
I started gymnastics quite late at the age of 10 but quickly excelled in the sport and was put onto a competitive squad.My love for the sports comes from having an amazing coach and an amazing team of girls to compete with. Gymnastics thought me many lessons the most important one being hard work and determination. As I got older I began to coach the younger kids in my club, this came so naturally to me as all I want to do is pass on my knowledge to the next generation. I hope to continue to learn and become the best coach I can be!

CHRISTINA

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EMMA

Coach Kellie N
Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
Nastia Liukin, Shawn Johnson or Simone Biles I can’t pick they’re all amazing! 
What's your favourite skill?
Definitely an aerial
Most memorable moment?
My most memorable moment in gymnastics is definitely meeting Olympic gymnast Nile Wilson backstage at the Leeds Gymfest in 2020 it was so cool to meet someone that had been to the Olympics doing the sport I love
A little about me & gymnastics:
After I did the Arabian summer camp I knew straight away I wanted to be a gymnast there! I was doing gymnastics all the way up until March 2020 until covid closed the gym! I missed the gym when I stopped and after doing my work experience the year before and loving it I decided to become a coach. After coaching for 5 months and watching everyone get to do gymnastics I missed it so much and I decided to join back display gymnastics and I still love it just as much as I did when I first started all the years ago!

EMMA

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NICOLE

Coach Kellie N
Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
Shawn Johnson
What's your favourite skill?
The Biles
Most memorable moment?
I think my favourite moment has to be the trip to Leeds with our display team when we got a noise complaint at 2am because we just couldn’t stop laughing!
A little about me & gymnastics:
I started gymnastics in Arabian when I was 8 or 9 and have continued ever since. I never did gymnastics competitively but loved to take part in the display teams at the club. I completed the assistant coaching program with Arabian and have recently started coaching my own groups which has been great!

NICOLE

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SARAH W

Coach Kellie N
Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
Shawn Johnston
What's your favourite skill?
Round-off flip tuckback
Most memorable moment?
Definitely going to Leeds I don’t think I’ve laughed and had so much fun in one weekend.
A little about me & gymnastics:
I started in Arabian when I was 10 and loved it straight away. I couldn’t get enough of it always doing handstand and cartwheels wherever I went. Floor was always my favourite piece I loved learning news skills and just having fun with all my friends. Not long after starting I got asked to join the Junior Display team and I’ve loved displays since. I’ve been on display teams for years now and would probably say it’s one of the best things about gymnastics. Practicing and learning new routines and getting to come up with dance and balances. When the opportunity came around to start coaching it was a no brainier. I love helping the kids learn new skills and the smiles on their face everyday.

SARAH W

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SARAH T

Coach Kellie N
Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
I’ve always thought Kerri Strung was so inspiring
What's your favourite skill?
Free walkover
Most memorable moment?
When my team performed in Scotland for the first time. The moment before you perform, you have so many nerves and are so excited. And stepping of the stage when your finished, that moment is unbeaten. Going away with my team is one of the best weekends of the year, every year.
A little about me & gymnastics:
I started gymnastics when I was 9. I had tried football and GAA but they weren’t for me. As soon as I got down to the gym, I knew this was it. A year later, I got onto a team and then I fell in love even more. I have made lifelong friends and have some of the best moments of my life with this team. Now that I have started to coach, when I see a kid get a skill they have been working on ages, it’s truly magical. I love seeing someone begin to fall in love with the sport.

SARAH T

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MIA

Coach Kellie N
Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
My favourite gymnast is Christine Peng Peng Lee
What's your favourite skill?
Onodi on beam and Handspring straight front on floor.
Most memorable moment?
Getting to open the gala with our Emerald's routine
A little about me & gymnastics:
I started gymnastics when i was 8 years old in a rec class. I quickly moved on to squad and made my way onto the elite team by the age of 10. I trained with the elites for 5 years, while also doing senior display once a week. I stopped gymnastics at 15 and started coaching after that.

MIA

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IZZY L

Coach Kellie N
Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
Nadia Comaneci is my favourite gymnast because she was the first woman to score a perfect 10 in Olympics.
What's your favourite skill?
Aerial back handspring layout
Most memorable moment?
Doing my first display in Scotland
A little about me & gymnastics:
I started gymnastics when I was 6 years old to help build my Confidence . Gymnastics has brought me a long way and I’m delighted that I now get to teach aswell as train.

IZZY L

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PEARL

Coach Kellie N
Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
Oksana Chusovitina is my favorite gymnast. She is in no way the best gymnast but she was competing in the Olympics well into her 40s which I think is just incredible!
What's your favourite skill?
My favorite skill is a layout
Most memorable moment?
My favourite moment in gymnastics would have to be those few minutes before I go into perform at a display, the nerves mixed with excitement, it’s truly my favourite feeling.
A little about me & gymnastics:
I never thought of gymnastics as a child, I was always doing other sports and quickly dropping them because I became disinterested pretty fast. But when my crèche teacher saw me doing cartwheels non stop at age seven she suggested I go down to the gym that her husband owned and give it a go. I instantly fell in love with the sport and at age nine I was asked to join a display team and travel abroad to Scotland every year to compete. I also participated in a team that went to irelands got talent and it was an amazing experience. Now I coach at that gym and Arabian and I can truly say it is something I know I’ll be doing for the rest of my life. I’ll never forget the look on one of my childs faces when they got there back flip, seeing them be so proud of a skill they worked so hard to get, I was truly so excited for them and in that moment I knew I was going to be doing this for life. The bonds you make with people in the gym are truly like no other and you know they’ll be your life long friends.

PEARL

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AMELIE

Coach Kellie N
Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
My favorite gymnast is Shawn Johnson because I love how amazing she was at tumbling both on floor and beam.
What's your favourite skill?
My favorite skill is probably a roundoff back handspring straight back because it takes a lot of power and strength but looks so elegant at the same time.
Most memorable moment?
My most memorable gymnastics moment would be when we were performing our routine in Leeds gym fest in 2020 and knowing all our hard work had payed off and that we’d just done a great routine as a team.
A little about me & gymnastics:
I started gymnastics in an Arabian summer camp back in 2010 when I was 5. Since then I fell in love with the sport and have been determined to get new skills and work hard every training session since. I started coaching last year and now I do both display gymnastics alongside my friends and other coaches on the team as well as coaching a couple days a week. I love being in the gym because it’s such a positive environment and I’ve made so many great friends.

AMELIE

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MOLLY

Coach Kellie N
Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
My favourite gymnast is Aly Raisman or Gabby Douglas
What's your favourite skill?
My favourite skill is a front aerial/free walkover
Most memorable moment?
My most memorable gymnastics moment would be performing at Leeds festival and meeting Nile Wilson
A little about me & gymnastics:
i’m 18 years old now and I started gymnastics when i was 4  I did the 1 hour rec classes during the week and also acro at the weekend. I was then was on the Junior Display Team and then went on to be a part of the Cheer Team. i stopped training because of Covid. When the gym opened up again, I started to coach and I have also gone back to training once a week on the Jewel Display Team.

MOLLY

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ELLIE

Coach Kellie N
Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
My favourite gymnast would have to definitely be Gabby Douglas
What's your favourite skill?
My favourite skill would just be a simple back walkover
Most memorable moment?
My most memorable moment would have to be when my team and I won first place in our category in Paris Disneyland 
A little about me & gymnastics:
I started gymnastics when I was around 3 years old and just fell in love instantly. Gymnastics became one of those things that became part of my my daily life. I started to do multiple classes during the week and eventually got to become part of the Senior Display Team when I was 8. The whole aspect of getting to perform infront of people, getting to learn to new routines, balances, costumes etc was just everything - I wanted and more! I was lucky enough to travel to places like Scotland, London and even Paris with my team to perform. I still remember each of the routines as if it were yesterday!!
As a young girl I always looked up to one of my coaches in particular, and i would always tell her how I wanted to be a gymnastics coach like her one day when I was old enough. As soon as I got the chance to start coaching, I didn’t even think twice about it!
The gym really feels like a second home as I’ve seen all the changes and and amazing things to happen at Arabian!

ELLIE

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ERINN

Coach Kellie N
Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
My favorite gymnast ever is Shawn Johnson
What's your favourite skill?
My favorite skill is a round off, flip, straight back.
Most memorable moment?
My most memorable moment in gymnastics was going to Leeds with my display team in 2019.
A little about me & gymnastics:
I joined gymnastics when I was 9 years old and have loved it ever since. My favourite event in gymnastics is Bars because I’ve always been pretty good at it. My favourite part of gymnastics is Display because I love seeing my friends each week and working on the new balances and choreography and thinking of ideas for new routines.

ERINN

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RÓISÍN

Coach Kellie N
Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
My favourite gymnast is Katelyn Ohashi
What's your favourite skill?
My favourite skill is giants on bars
Most memorable moment?
My most memorable gymnastics moment was when I came second on a piece in the Gymnastics Ireland national Super Series.
A little about me & gymnastics:
I started when I was 4 and then when I was around 7 or 8, I got a letter asking me to be on squad. I did competitive gymnastics up until I was 15 and have recently stopped and started my journey as a coach!

RÓISÍN

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VICKY

Coach Kellie N
Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
My favourite gymnast is Svetlana Khorkina, Olympic champion in the 1990s & early 2000s. She is an artistic, creative & elegant gymnast.
What's your favourite skill?
My favourite skill is handstand. It’s a really important skill. I see how the kids are progressing mastering the handstand as the basics to the performance of the cartwheel, handsprings, tumbling skills etc Mastering  the handstand skill on the floor routine performance is important and as well as on the bars.
Most memorable moment?
My most memorable gymnastics moment was the Annual Class Championship last June. It was so exciting for me, and the kids, to see them perform. They put in so much hard work improving and progressing their skills throughout the term - putting lots of effort in to achieve great results! I was so proud of them watching their performance. This is the most memorable moment for me as a coach.
A little about me & gymnastics:
I love working with kids teaching gymnastics using my experience and skills from teaching Rhythmic gymnastics, dancing, Yoga kids, Zumba kids, mindfulness & Pilates. I love watching happy faces of the toddlers and their parents in the Gymtots classes. I love when the kids not only learn something new in every session but also have that smile on their face of that happiness, satisfaction & confidence, inclusion and having fun with their friends in the class.

VICKY

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SAOIRSE

Coach Kellie N
Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
My favourite gymnasts are Nastia liukin or Melanie de Jesus dos Santos
What's your favourite skill?
Blind turn on bars or free walk over on beam
Most memorable moment?
Going over to England for a week with my squad to train with one of the squads from a gym there
A little about me & gymnastics:
I started gymnastics when I was 4. At age 7 I made it onto a WAG squad and around a year or so later, I joined the elite team. I made it onto the National Development Team 3 years in a row. It was a great experience to have trained with all the other gymnasts and coaches from different clubs throughout Ireland. I also joined the Senior Display Team with a few of my other squad members and have enjoyed it ever since. I love the display team because you get to hang out with your friends and sometimes go away to different events. I quit squad at 15 and I am now a coach.

SAOIRSE