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Our Coaches

Sparta Gymnastics was founded in the 1994 and is now run by Laura Merrigan and Úna Kennedy.  Laura is a former gymnast who began coaching in 2000 and took over the running of the club in 2003. Laura has extensive experience both as a gymnast and a coach and was a member of the Irish display team.  Úna, also a former gymnast, began coaching with Carrick-on-Shannon club in 1996 and has been involved with Sparta since 2005. Coming from coaching competition gymnastics, Úna was delighted to be part of the fun and enthusiastic atmosphere at Sparta Gymnastics. In recent years, both Laura and Úna have taken a step back from coaching at Sparta and passed the baton to our very capable coaching team.


Meet our coaching team.....

Olivia Fitzgerald : Senior Coach

Level 1  Gym Start Coach

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Olivia joined the Sparta coaching team in September 2012. With a background coaching gymnastics and teaching at multi-sports camps Olivia has been a great addition to the Sparta team and brought lots of fun and enthusiasm to the gym.



Amy Browne : Senior Coach

Level 1 Tumbling Coach


Amy was a gymnast at Clondalkin Gymnastics Club for over 10 years and a member of their Precision Display Squad which travelled to Austria to take part in the Gym For Life World Challenge in 2009. Amy is now studying Physical Education at the University of Limerick and coaches tumbling at UL Trampolining Club. Sparta Gymnastics were delighted to welcome Amy to the team in 2014 and we think coaches and gymnasts will all agree she has fitted right in!  



Marianne Quirke Bolt : Senior Coach

Level 1 Sports Acrobatics Coach & Judge

Basic First Aid

Marianne is a former gymnast at Carlow Acrobatics Gymnastics Club who has represented Ireland, placing fourth at the Acrobatics European Championships in 2010. Now studying Nursing in UCD, Marianne is a member of UCD trampolining club and is working towards a qualification as a level one trampolining coach. We are excited to welcome Marianne to the Sparta team this term and are looking forward to the expertise she brings to the gym.

Tara : Assistant Coach

Level 1  Gym Start Coach

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Tara began training as a junior coach in 2011 and is a member of the display team. With four years experience behind her, Tara has proven herself to be a natural coach and invaluable member of the Sparta team.

Daire : Assistant Coach

Level 1  Gym Start Coach

Basic First Aid


Daire began training as a junior coach in 2012. She is a member of the display team and has taken well to her coaching role. Daire's smiles and enthusiasm never fail to brighten up a day at the gym! Daire qualified as a level 1 Gym Start coach in 2014 and has been working hard and applying her new skills.

Sarah : Junior Coach

Sarah has been a gymnast at Sparta Gymnastics for 10 years and is a member of our display team. She joins the team this term as our newest junior coach. Sarah bring many talents to the gym and we have no doubt has the makings of an excellent coach.