Ní Iceadha wins gold at the Irish Student Trampoline Open

Gerard Grimes

Niamh Ní Iceadha backed up her recent double gold medal winning performance in Trinity by winning gold at the Irish Student Trampoline Open.

Ní Iceadha had won the gold in the Open Advanced and Higher Synchro categories in the colour competition hosted by Trinity.

The Irish Student Trampoline Open, held in Galway, is the marquee event for trampolining for students and sees a number of colleges from the England, Scotland and Germany also send athletes to compete.

Ní Iceadha competed in the Advanced Ladies category, scoring 26.000 in her first routine and 29.700 in her second routine to win the competition by .500 ahead of Lauren Cleave of Team Surrey Trampolining Club and Imogen Spooncer of Exeter who finished in third.

DCU Trampolining had five other members who competed at the Open, with Jean Dwyer placing 22nd out of 76 competitors in the Intervanced Ladies category.

Dwyer scored 24.450 in her first routine and 25.500 in her second to finish with an overall score of 49.950.

Shannon Quinlan scored 23.700 in her first routine and 24.650 in her second to finish with an overall total of 48.350 and finish 17th out of 57 competitors.

Marianne Quirkebolt also competed, finishing ninth in the Elite Pro Ladies while Katie Parker was in the Intermediate Ladies category.

Co-captain of the DCU Gymnastics and Trampolining Club, Claire O’Connor, also competed, in the same category as Niamh Ní Iceadha, to finish 29th.

O’Connor praised Ní Iceadha on her medal wins and gave a special mention to UCC on being the first Irish club to win the cup for a number of years ahead of the clubs from England, Scotland and Germany.

“ISTO went well Niamh is heavily dedicated to her training and contributes so much to our club life and the clubs medals.

“Although we only had one member who placed in ISTO, there was plenty of DCU trampolinists who scored high up in the results.

“It was the first time an Irish club has won the cup in years, well done to UCC,” O’Connor told The College View.

Next this year, DCU will have members competing at the 2019 Dublin Open, to be hosted by UCD Trampoline Club.

The competition takes place in UCD Sports Centre on Saturday, 13th April, with results not available at time of going to print.

Looking to next year, O’Connor hopes the club can be promoted further, encouraging new members to join.

“Looking forward, we would love to promote the club further to male students and alumni of DCU.

“We would also like to present the club in a fun way that makes it less daunting to new members, for example a 24 hour bounceathon, or an outdoor bouncing session which will attract a crowd and create an excitement around the club,” O’Connor said.

Gerard Grimes

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