Hayes makes history with top-20 finish in Tumbling World Championships


Hayes makes history with top-20 finish in Tumbling World Championships

A member of Renmore Gymnastics Club lad made history in Birmingham last week with a top-20 finish at the 2023 Trampoline and Tumbling World Championships in what was his debut in senior competition.

Cian Hayes was one of two members of the city club that qualified for the world finals following a series of high-pressure selection events, but there was to be heartbreak for Hugo Kinahan, who was forced to miss the finals after picking up an injury just days out from the competition.

However, Limerick-born Hayes made history for Ireland during his debut senior performance with an impressive personal best in the preliminaries, qualifying him in 18th position through to the semi-final stage.

This result saw Hayes’ campaign develop further, allowing him a final opportunity to rub shoulders with the World’s best and gain more invaluable experience out in the arena. He finished overall in 20th position, an impressive achievement which saw him make his mark on the international stage at such an early point in his career.

“I’m super proud of Cian stepping up from Junior ranks onto the Senior world stage as Ireland’s first ever Tumbling Senior at a World Championships,” said Gymnastics Ireland’s national tumbling coach, Elaine Nash, who is also based in Galway with her athletes at Renmore Gymnastics Club.

“Then to make a semi-final in a field of truly World Class gymnasts was a privilege to watch and be a part of,” she said.

Birmingham is hosting the 37th FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships and the 30th World Age Group Competition, which began on Thursday’s last, November 9, and runs until this Sunday, November 19. The city previously hosted these Championships in 2011.

Pictured: Cian Hayes of Renmore Gymnastics Club competing in Birmingham last week.

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