McClenaghan named ‘Young Sportsperson of the Year’ at the 2019 RTÉ Sport Awards

16th December 2019, 14:02p.m. | National

16th Dec 2019, Dublin: Gymnastics Ireland star Rhys McClenaghan closed out the year with a big win as he was awarded the title of Young Sportsperson of the Year during the 2019 RTÉ Sport Awards on Saturday for a second consecutive year, for his historic achievement winning bronze on pommel-horse at the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart. McClenaghan was also nominated for the Sportsperson of the Year category amongst ten other sports stars.

Commenting on the achievement, CEO of Gymnastics Ireland, Ciaran Gallagher said: “Great night for Gymnastics Ireland at the 2019 RTE Sportsperson of the Year awards where for the 2nd year in a row Rhys McClenaghan deservedly won the Young Sportsperson award for what was a stellar 2019, the highlight of which was securing Ireland’s first podium finish at a World Championships with his bronze on Pommel Horse at the Stuttgart 2019 Worlds! Everyone at Gymnastics Ireland is super proud of his achievements backed up by his support team including our National Coach Luke Carson and Performance Manager Sally Johnson. Great end to the year! Roll on 2020...”.

Congratulations again and well done to Rhys McClenaghan on another great year of gymnastics! Watch Rhys receive his award here...

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.

Check out the McClenaghan’s qualifying routine on pommel at the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart that saw him becoming the first ever Irish world finalist to then become a world bronze medallist...

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