The experienced banked is more valuable than any world titles a young Dublin trio could have won at the World Calisthenics Championships, suggests head coach Jamie Geraghty.
Will Adam, Daniel Meghen and Leah Conaty made sporting history by becoming youngest-ever athletes to compete in the tournament, which was held in Riga Latvia recently.
The 14-year-old ‘Bar Monkey’ clubmates didn’t come home with hardware in their suitcases but returned more experienced in the sport and thus better equipt to enjoy success in the future.
‘’This was an amazing opportunity and experience for our young group,” Geraghty explained to the Gazette.
“They now have that experience notched up on their belts and will use it as motivation to come back again even stronger.
“Getting the chance to see the levels they can reach has really inspired them since they came back.
“It’s added an extra layer of motivation and incentive to their training. It was an amazing experience for them, and I just really look forward to seeing their continued progress.’’
Team Ireland’s other Dub, Aaron Fitzpatrick, 26, competed in the Power category, but Ireland’s success came from competitors outside the capital.
Eric Cunneen of Cork is World Champion in the Strenght Category after his impressive performances in Riga, while Rebecca O’Sullivan placed second in the World Female Power Category.
Team Ireland had a record number of nine athletes representing the country in Eric Cunneen, Rebecca O’Sullivan, Aaron Fitzpatrick, Paula Vermeulen, Gearoid Doherty, Mohammed A, Will Adam, Daniel Meghen and Leah Conaty.
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