“My name is Fionnuala Mulholland and I am 12 years old. I am a keen gymnast and trampolinist and have recently been selected to represent Great Britain at the World Age Group Championships in Tokyo in December 2019 in the discipline of Double Mini Trampolining (DMT).
This is the highlight of a very successful year for me; I attained First place in National Level 2 gymnastics, I am the Northern Ireland FIG 11-12 Girls Trampolining Champion 2019, the Northern Ireland FIG 11-12 Girls DMT Champion 2019, I was selected to represent Northern Ireland at the NDP Regional Team Finals in Birmingham in May, and I was selected for the Northern Ireland FIG DMT squad. At the end of September I attained 1st place in FIG DMT 11-12 at the British Championships in Birmingham, and I have just returned from Portugal where I represented Northern Ireland in the disciplines of Trampolining and DMT; I secured 1st place on DMT in the Under 13 female category and a respectable 6th place on Trampoline in the Under 13 female category in the Loule Cup. There was representation from 14 countries from around the world at the Loule Cup and I took great pride in my performance.
Although I am very excited and proud of my achievements, all of this comes at a cost both in terms of time, effort and dedication and in terms of finance. I train with my club in Antrim Forum (Aphx Trampolining Club) 5 days a week. In addition to going to Tokyo, I have weekend GB squad training in October and November in Lilleshall in England. As all of these trips cost a lot of money, never mind all the training and competition gear I need, I have been carrying out some fundraising activities (Night at the races, raffle, Halloween Hoolie etc.) and applying for funding.
Your support has made a difference…
This is where the Rob George Foundation came in. I was awarded a grant in September which has made a significant contribution towards the costs of going to Tokyo. The funding from the Foundation has allowed my personal development to escalate and relieved stress from the financial burdens of being an elite competitor as I aspire to achieve in the trampolining/DMT World.
Thank you RGF for all your support.”
Well done Fionnuala – all the very best for your GB squad training sessions over the next few weeks and beyond!