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World Champions Then and Now (karma: 16)
By reellove
On Sat Apr 14, 2007 11:02 AM
Edited by reellove (156301) on 2007-04-14 11:23:30 Codie was U9, not U8 in 2005, and Lizzie was U17 not U18 in 2002 :).

Hello again :).
As one last hurrah to our reigning World Champions, I've compiled a little "Then and Now" flashback. I've attached the oldest picture I could find of the Champs to a picture of their taking the World Title two weeks ago. I take no credit for any of these pictures; most credit goes to John and Noreen at Feispix, while ProfesionalFeisPromotions, Irish-Dancer, and others provided some as well.

If anyone has any younger pictures (I'm sure SOMEONE does, especially of the older girls), please feel free to share in this little nostalgic flash back :).

U11 World Champion Codie Shiels
Image hotlink - 'http://i13.tinypic.com/2guec00.jpg'
2005: (U9) McGahan Lees Feis

U12 World Champion Rebecca Reed
Image hotlink - 'http://i14.tinypic.com/2rzt9oy.jpg'
2005: (U10) North Americans

U13 World Champion Megan Ryan
Image hotlink - 'http://i11.tinypic.com/2jb7adj.jpg'
2004: (U10) All Scotlands

U14 World Champion Niamh Taylor
Image hotlink - 'http://i15.tinypic.com/491599u.jpg'
2003: (U10) North Americans

U15 World Champion Megan Kerrigan
Image hotlink - 'http://i16.tinypic.com/2rysjyx.jpg'
2005: (U13) Worlds

U16 World Champion Lauren Early
Image hotlink - 'http://i12.tinypic.com/2dryjdd.jpg'
2002: (U11) All Scotlands

U17 World Champion Claire Greaney
Image hotlink - 'http://i11.tinypic.com/452lp3b.jpg'
2002: (U12) Europeans

U18 World Champion Maggie Darlington
Image hotlink - 'http://i13.tinypic.com/4dfha3c.jpg'
2004: (U15) Western US Oireachtas

U19 World Champion Ciara Sexton
Image hotlink - 'http://i17.tinypic.com/40pa39t.jpg'
2003: (U15) British Nationals

U21 World Champion Sarah Lennon
Image hotlink - 'http://i18.tinypic.com/2uhp9o8.jpg'
2004: (U18) Great Britains
(Had to get matching Gavin in that one :))

Senior World Champion Lizzie Ellis
Image hotlink - 'http://i12.tinypic.com/2vdi25k.jpg'
2002: (U17) Europeans

36 Replies to World Champions Then and Now

re: World Champions Then and Now
By reel_irish_girl
On Sat Apr 14, 2007 11:20 AM
this is cool! It's intersting to see how some dancers keep the same colors for their new dresses as their old ones... and I have to say that trophy maggie darlington has in her "then" picture is the biggest trophy I have EVER seen!

-M
re: World Champions Then and Now
By Rincemember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sat Apr 14, 2007 11:49 AM
the Western US Oireachtas trophys are always like huge! even like 20th place gets a trophy I think.
re: World Champions Then and Now
By reellove
On Sat Apr 14, 2007 12:07 PM
Haha, yeah the Western Region Oireachtas trophies are massive.

Every recaller gets a trophy (not just top 20), and half of the competition is recalled (there is no maximum of 50). On average in the larger competitions, close to 60 girls are recalled, and they all receive trophies. The trophies for Top 10 are bigger than the other recallers, and the trophies for Top 5 are the biggest, with each girl on the podium getting a trophy slightly bigger than the others (so there are 5 different trophy sizes for the top 5).
re: World Champions Then and Now (karma: 1)
By SunnyPremium member
On Sat Apr 14, 2007 12:23 PM
This was really cool to see! Not only do you get to see how the dancers have changed, but picture quality has improved a lot over the years too! :P
re: World Champions Then and Now
By Rincemember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sat Apr 14, 2007 12:38 PM
reellove-wow thats so cool, makes me want to move there.
re: World Champions Then and Now
By reellove
On Sat Apr 14, 2007 01:09 PM
Sunny: Very true, haha. If anyone has better quality pictures feel free to share. I forgot to apologize for the grainy/pixelized older pictures :).

Rince: While it's great that there's tons of trophies in the Western US, I almost prefer how it's done overseas, with just a simple medal for recalling. My overseas medals mean a LOT more to me than any trophies do, and I think it makes it alot more special to be one of the Top 5 (or winner) with a cup. Still, I've never heard anyone from the Western US complain about that aspect of the Qualifiers, haha.

I'm glad people enjoy this. I'm one of those nostalgic people who thrives on things like this (and who LOVES old pictures and things), so I'm glad I'm not the only one :).
re: World Champions Then and Now
By laurapaisleymember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sat Apr 14, 2007 02:22 PM
where did you get the pictures for Ciara Sexton in the 'then' picture for the British Nationals? I'd love to see them as that was one of the last competitions I did and I would love to see them!
re: World Champions Then and Now (karma: 9)
By Dancingmatesteph
On Sat Apr 14, 2007 02:26 PM
Here are some old pictures of the current world champions, i know i have some more but ya know when you just cant find them when you actually want to.
oh well this should keep you entertained for a while!
luv steph xxx
Image hotlink - 'http://i13.tinypic.com/2cxcfaf.jpg'
re: World Champions Then and Now
By Bec_member has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sat Apr 14, 2007 05:03 PM
^steph and her legendary old pics ;)
wish i had have saved them all when they were on the net.....

Bec x
re: World Champions Then and Now
By xLeanneDDx
On Sat Apr 14, 2007 05:44 PM
Thanks so much for this post, its lovely and to steph, the legend xx love all the pictures x
re: World Champions Then and Now
By eircomc10
On Sun Apr 15, 2007 05:33 AM
great post i will try and find some more photos but i don't think it will be easy
re: World Champions Then and Now (karma: 6)
By LouCeemember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sun Apr 15, 2007 05:59 AM
Edited by Dancegirl166 (93975) on 2007-04-15 06:00:56
These are my ones I saved in 2004 from various websites...i'm sorry i really can't rememeber who's pics they are, sorry to them though! But they're really cool & thanks for taking them :D

Image hotlink - 'http://i16.tinypic.com/29xg5t4.jpg'
My age group (u15 this year) at Worlds 2004 ^ 1st Therese Corless, 2nd Gillian Monaghan 3rd Amy Monaghan 4th Niamh Callan 5th Shauna Tighe 6th Christine McMahon 7th Megan Kerrigan

Image hotlink - 'http://i11.tinypic.com/2coj7uo.jpg'
Ciara Sexton winning the All Irelands in 2004 :D

Image hotlink - 'http://i16.tinypic.com/4go7vvd.jpg'
Claire Greaney 2nd at Worlds 2004

Image hotlink - 'http://i13.tinypic.com/49ggyud.jpg'
Lauren Early 2nd at Worlds 2004

Image hotlink - 'http://i16.tinypic.com/29n6nib.jpg'
Sarah Lennon 3rd All Irelands 2004

x x x x x

And again sorry to the person who took these...I saved these a good 3 years ago so yeah!
now and then (karma: 3)
By mommy1
On Sun Apr 15, 2007 08:24 AM
if ive done this right this is a very early lizzie ellis
re: World Champions Then and Now
By Dancingmatesteph
On Sun Apr 15, 2007 08:29 AM
Oh my, i definately remember these pictures, i made a website about 4 years ago with my old friend lucy and i had all of those pictures on it its nice to see someone looked at that freewebs site lol they were photo's that i took with my first ever camera my mum got me for my birthday when i was 13 or 14 lol, looks like my pictures have now become a great hit lol
lol
luv steph xxx
re: World Champions Then and Now (karma: 2)
By LouCeemember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sun Apr 15, 2007 08:32 AM
Edited by Dancegirl166 (93975) on 2007-04-15 08:43:03 Adding piccies :)
Ahh right ^ I just had a total blank on where I found them as you do lol :P
But thanks for takin them...it's really hard to find old pics most of the time!

Just went through my computer and found a few that I've taken over the years...here you go:

Image hotlink - 'http://i17.tinypic.com/473tgf4.jpg'
^ My age group (u15) at Wolverhampton Feis 2004...1st Megan K 2nd Shauna T 3rd Ryan Stevenson 4th Erin-Kate McIlravey 5th Thomas Duern 6th Kirsty Donavon

Image hotlink - 'http://i12.tinypic.com/313qioh.jpg'
My age group again, Worlds 2005 1st Gabriella Wood, 2nd Megan Kerrigan, 3rd Therese Corless, 4th Marnie Smith 5th Alanna Mervyn

Image hotlink - 'http://i13.tinypic.com/435b8n8.jpg'
Sarah Lennon 3rd Worlds 2005

Image hotlink - 'http://i11.tinypic.com/4gork2p.jpg'
Niamh Taylor (middle) Worlds 2005

x x x x
re: World Champions Then and Now
By Dancingmatesteph
On Sun Apr 15, 2007 08:35 AM
Edited by Theresa (28613) on 2007-04-15 10:29:49 puncuation is really, really important!
i had some great old ones that i had up on that dancingmates group thing i did with msn, but as it happens i did have to delete it. the quality never did come out as good as the actual picture was, but i always love looking at old pictures! i have plenty on my computer and laptop to keep me entertained for hours when im bored! i always fing someone that i know but didn't recognise - its always a right laugh! ill post some more old ones when i have time lol.
thanks for all the karma i dont even know how to give karma out! but ill figure it out because this post was really good i would never have thought to do that lol.
steph xxx
re: World Champions Then and Now
By twinkletoeschamp
On Sun Apr 15, 2007 09:38 AM
mommy1, That definately looks like Lizzie Ellis... and what a cute picture :)
re: World Champions Then and Now
By reellove
On Sun Apr 15, 2007 11:42 AM
Edited by reellove (156301) on 2007-04-15 13:12:15 confused numbers :)
WOW! Thank you SO much for those pictures Steph and Lucy (and mommy1, Lizzie Ellis is SUCH a doll!). They're absolutely brilliant! I had no idea this post would turn out this big...I'm so glad I did it. Steph, I think we have a lot in common haha. My mum always gets mad at me for spending too much time looking at old dancing photos, but I simply adore looking back at all the little ones and the different dresses and things and seeing how different people have progressed throughout the years. (AND...I love your website now. AND your set was fabulous at the All Irelands. I was so glad when I saw that you took 9th at the Worlds. Very well deserved!).

Oh, and laurapaisley, I got the 2003 British Nationals pictures from irish-dancer.co.uk. Here's the direct link to where they're located...there's just a few of the U15s (Ciara's competition): www.irish-dancer.co.uk . . ..

Thanks again everyone. I'm so glad I asked for people to contribute younger photos. It's so difficult to find pictures of any majors older than 2006 ANYWHERE online. It's a shame that there isn't one place where we can view a photogallery of major results. Shall we try to start it? haha.

xx
lizzie ellis
By mommy1
On Sun Apr 15, 2007 11:47 AM
its definately lizzie i just wasnt sure if id posted correctly she was 5yrs old then 16 years ago
then n now (karma: 1)
By dancinrox
On Sun Apr 15, 2007 11:51 AM
heres 1 with megan kerrigan u15 champ with alanna mervyn who was 2nd !!!
then n now
By dancinrox
On Sun Apr 15, 2007 11:53 AM
and another of megan :)
World Champions Then and Now
By TheHunt76
On Sun Apr 15, 2007 01:33 PM
this is the most amazing post i've EVER seen...some of those dresses have made it all the way to my friends. all of those pictures are awsome
re: World Champions Then and Now
By kittykat87
On Mon Apr 16, 2007 08:44 AM
the pics u found are really cool. its neat to see the current world champs back in the day.
now & then
By dancinrox
On Mon Apr 16, 2007 08:45 AM
its amazing to see the difference in the older girls :) i agree what an enjoyable post :)
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