Salto Makes History for Gymnastics Ireland
First Irish Gymnast to qualify for the all-around Finals at the Junior European Championships Sofia 2014
Casey Bell and her personal coaches Kim Kensett-Friar and Sun Jie from City of Lisburn, Salto Gymnastics Centre has made history for Gymnastics Ireland by qualifying in 24th place for the junior All-Around finals at the 2014 Women’s European Junior Championships in Sofia.
Commenting on the qualification Gymnastics Ireland Performance & Technical Manager Sally Filmer stated…
‘Taking a well earned place among Europe’s elite, Casey pulled out a solid performance today to prove she is among the best juniors in Europe, we will now look to focus on the All-Around final which will take place on Friday’
Gymnastics Ireland CEO Ciaran Gallagher added…
‘Casey’s result and qualification today is a justified reward for not just Casey herself but her club, coaches and parents. From all at Gymnastics Ireland congratulations Casey and the rest of the Irish Team, we look forward with great anticipation to Fridays competition’
The Senior girls all five of the senior Ireland team and Casey Bell from the junior team are all members and train under Salto gymnastics club Lisburn. Salto Coaches Kim Kensett-Friar holds the position of National Performance coach for Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, for Ireland and Sun Jie Salto Gymnastics Head Coach lead the Ireland Junior and Senior team in all their preparations and international events. The Senior team event shows a bright future that Northern Ireland has in the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this July with possibilities of selection. With Casey Bell’s top 24 European final the future generation for gymnasts from N.I is promising.
All the girls are following the newly embedded performance pathway led by Gymnastics Ireland, Sally Filmer in the hope of future and further development leading to potential European games and Olympic Qualification.