Finesse Gymnastics Display Team finished their season at this year’s Gymfusion Northern Ireland which was held at the Millennium Forum in Derry.
GymFusion is part of the British Gymnastics National Festivals Programme. It is now into its third year and Finesse has attended all three. The GymFusion events has seen over 4,500 gymnasts take part in the non-competitive show style festivals all over the UK.
The aim is to include exciting and creative performances from all ages, abilities and disciplines of gymnastics, guaranteed to wow the audience encompassing the ethos of Gymnastics For All, GymFusion isn’t a competition but a collaboration, and aims to give participants the opportunity to display their skills and talents as a team in a fun and friendly environment. Through performing together GymFusion shows the diverse nature of gymnastics in a way that no other event can. It brings together the gymnastics community, encourages performance and values all disciplines.
Finesse performed their Charleston fusion routine for the very last time and once again delivered a show stopping performance which was well received by the audience with even the event organizers calling their performance amazing.
This has been Finesse’s most successful year to date with the Donegal team having the honour of representing Ireland in Italy and also wining the best overall senior gymnastics team in Glasgow.
Although the team finished on a high it was also tinged with sadness as this was the last time the founder members of Finesse Gymnastics display team will perform together, as one of their senior gymnasts Fiona Lafferty is leaving the team. Fiona will be a huge loss not only to Finesse but also to Donegal gymnastics as a whole. Fiona started her gymnastics career at the age of 7 and has won a host of titles. She won her first national title in 2010 and then returned a year later to win again as part of team Ulster.
She has represented Donegal at the community games winning a bronze medal in sports acro, also coaching a team that claimed a bronze medal. Fiona is also a previous winner of the Donegal sports star awards in her category.
She was also a member of the first every Irish team to take part in the world Gymnaestrada in Switzerland the biggest participant event in gymnastics. We wish Fiona and Finesse all the very best for the future.
Finesse Team: Fiona Lafferty, Rachel Canning, Ellie King, Amber Beecroft, Ciara Beecroft, Aoife O Connor, Calista Doherty, Cara Nulty, Orla Lonergan, Ailbhe Gallagher, Adele King, Molly Nulty, Tori O Connor, Orla Mc Carron, Aisling Nulty, Abi O Connor.
Coach: Meganne Herron
Choreographer: Linda Bennett.