McClenaghan named ‘Young Sportsperson of the Year’ at the 2018 RTE Sport Awards

16th December 2018, 19:11p.m. | National

15th Dec 2018, Dublin: 2018 European Pommel-Horse champion Rhys McClenaghan closed out the year with a big win tonight as he was awarded the title of Young Sportsperson of the Year during the 2018 RTE Sport Awards.

McClenaghan was one amongst thirteen nominees for the Young Sportsperson of the Year category. The award was open to sportspeople under the age of 20 before 1 January 2018.

The RTE Sport Awards saw a Sportsperson of the Year, Young Sportsperson of the Year, Team of the Year and Manager of the Year being recognised and celebrated for their great contribution to sport in Ireland. The winners were chosen by senior members of RTÉ Sport and announced live today during the awards ceremony on RTÉ One.

Commenting on the achievement, CEO of Gymnastics Ireland, Ciaran Gallagher said: ‘A proud night for Rhys and all Irish gymnastics fans and indeed members of Gymnastics Ireland. His historic result was at senior level and this award reminds us it was achieved by him at such a young age on the senior field. It was a truely world class performance and being named RTE Young Sportsperson of the Year is well deserved recognition of a truly historic result in a global sport. Huge congratulations to Rhys and of course his parents, coach Luke Carson and our Performance & Technical Manager Sally Johnson’.

Congratulations again and well done to Rhys McClenaghan on a great year of gymnastics!

Watch Rhys receive his award here...

Check out the RTE Sport Awards insight video of the '45 seconds Rhys McClenaghan had to execute the mesmerising pommel horse routine that saw him strike GOLD at the European Championships'...

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