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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 in Arabian?
“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!”
What is your most memorable moment in Arabian?
“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”
What is your most memorable moment in Arabian?
“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 in Arabian?
“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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GRACE

Coach Grace
Who is your favourite gymnast ever?
Gabby Douglas
What’s your favourite skill?
“A cartwheel backhandspring – simple but effective”
Most memorable moment in Arabian?
“The first day my special needs group managed to walk 
the high beam unassisted – very proud!”
A little about me & gymnastics: 
“I started gymnastics when I was 8 in a recreational class. 
My first coach was actually Eilis and the girls who were 
in my group are still my best friends almost 20 years later. 
Gymnastics improved my confidence & became a huge part of my 
life. After finishing school in 2006 it was a natural 
progression for me to become a full-time coach. I love 
children and I can’t even imagine doing anything else.”

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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 in Arabian?
“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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ALEX


Who is your favourite gymnast ever?
“Alicia Sacramone”
What’s your favourite skill?
“A perfectly executed switch leap”
What is your most memorable moment in Arabian?
“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 in Arabian?
“ 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 in Arabian?
“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

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 in Arabian?
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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ANNA


Who is your favourite gymnast ever?
Chelsie Memmel
What's your favourite skill?
Komova on bars. I think it's mesmerising however I was never able to perform it myself.
Most memorable moment in Arabian?
I've had many great moments, but there are 2 that stand out to me. My first day coming down to Arabian before I started coaching here is one. I remember the positive atmosphere in the office and the gym and seeing how kind, helpful, and amazing the staff are.
The other is bringing my little boy to the gymtots class for the first time and seeing him having the best time.
A little about me and gymnastics:
I was born in Hungary and my uncle is one of the top MAG coaches in the country so I got involved in the sport very early. I started training at age 5 and was competing until I turned 15. I was on the National Development squad for a while and had a chance to compete at international competitions abroad. My favourite piece was beam however my strength was vault, and I was the national champion on Vault for years.

Anna

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AMY

Coach Amy
Who is your favourite gymnast ever?
Laurie Hernandez. 
What’s your favourite skill?
Upstart (when done properly!) 
Most memorable moment in Arabian?
Coaching 2 display teams at Leeds Gymfest! Such an amazing feeling! 
A little about me & gymnastics:
I started with Arabian in their very first summer camp in Bayside School! I was then a rec gymnast for 8 years before going on Teen Team for 5 years! I’ve been coaching for 6 years now and absolutely love it!

Amy

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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 in Arabian?
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 in Arabian?
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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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 in Arabian?
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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Shauna G

Coach Shauna G
Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
Simone Biles
What's your favourite skill?
That's a tough one, either Free Walkover or Aerial. 
Most memorable moment in Arabian?
The first competition I competed in was my most memorable moment. I was so nervous but I was confident in my training and my coaches. 
A little about me & gymnastics:
I started gymnastics at a young age and competed until the age of 14. As I moved up through my levels I remember every competition how nervous and excited I would get. Eventually, I was asked to join the Senior display team, this allowed me to build stronger friendships and become more confident in performing. I started coaching at the age of 16 and I love it. I love being able to help kids achieve their potential and grow into an incredible gymnast. Gymnastics is scary to start out with but it’s hard work and practice that will stand out at the end of the day.

Shauna G

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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.
What's your most memorable moment in Arabian?
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 in Arabian?
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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ELLA

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 in Arabian?
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 in Arabian?
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 in Arabian?
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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CIARA

Coach Ciara
Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
Simone Biles 
What's your favourite skill?
A full turn on bars 
Most memorable moment in Arabian?
My favourite memory as a gymnast would be going as an elite gymnast to the famous Huntington gymnastics club in England It was such an amazing trip learning new skills and meeting Olympic gymnast Lewis Smith. We had a great few days and I felt so lucky to go. 
A little about me & gymnastics:
My experience with gymnastics started at around 7 with recreational training once a week I gradually started to take on extra classes and soon was on squad competing in competitions. At around 12 I got picked to be on the elites which was AMAZING! I loved the sport so much I didn’t mind spending 5 days a week here. When I cut back on training I joined the Senior Display team which was a great way to make friends and enjoy the sport even more. As of recently I have started coaching in the gym and have been loving every minute of it seeing the kids get new skills after putting so much hard work in.

Ciara

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SHAUNA S

Coach Shauna S
Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
Jordyn Weiber (did a project on her in primary school & loved her ever since)
What's your favourite skill?
Back handspring- always a good party trick!
Most memorable moment in Arabian?
That would probably have to be when I fell and dislocated my elbow in the gym- not the most pleasant memorable moment. Although I was in pain & frightened all the coaches around me kept me so calm. The reason this is so memorable for me is because as soon as my elbow had healed I came straight back to training in Arabian. I didn't let the fear of hurting myself again stop me from doing something I loved, and the coaches and gymnasts around me were so encouraging and happy to see me back. 
A little about me & gymnastics:
I joined Arabian at the very start, I was 5 and started doing acro competitively a few years later. Then when I was 10 I moved into artistic gymnastics and met my new group ( who are nearly all coaches today) and made some amazing friends. I'm also on the Senior Display team and love it so much, we’ve made so many memories going away together to places like Disneyland. When I made the decision to stop competitive gymnastics I started coaching and have been ever since! Coaching was a way to stay involved in the sport and also be able to see my gymnastics friends and I love it. Being able to help the gymnasts grow and develop in something they love is gratifying and so rewarding!

Shauna S

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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 in Arabian?
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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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 in Arabian?
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 in Arabian?
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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ALI

Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
Aly Raisman
What's your favourite skill?
Handspring front sumersault 
Most memorable moment in Arabian?
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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MILLY

Coach Milly
Who's your favourite gymnast ever?
Simone Biles for sure!
What's your favourite skill?
Onodi
Most memorable moment in Arabian?
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