Steele and Slevin first reserves for European Games All-Around final

27th June 2019, 20:08p.m. | International

27th June 2019: Team Ireland gymnasts Emma Slevin and Adam Steele finished qualifiers today at the 2nd European Games in Minsk.

Steele ranked in 20th place in All-Around with a score of 78.097 with his highest individual score of 13.766 on Vault in the Men’s Artistic discipline, as for Women’s Artistic, Slevin ranked in 21st place in All-Around with a score of 48.865 with her highest individual score of 13.133 on Vault.

Commenting on the week’s competition Ciaran Gallagher, CEO Gymnastics Ireland said: ‘Great performances from Adam and Emma today in Minsk, both are in first reserve position for the AA finals and in a sport like ours a lot can happen between now and the start of finals. In any event they represented Ireland superbly and can be more than proud. Congrats to them both, their coaches Will, Sally & Sam and our Performance & Technical Manager Sally Johnson.’

Speaking after his qualifying round Steele said, “I’m really happy, one mistake, but you never have a perfect combo. Went really well on the rings, it’s a routine that I’ve been doing for a couple of years now, so I’m happy with it.”

Commenting after her performance Slevin said “It was good. Not my best competition, but not my worst either, no major mistakes. I’m really happy with my performance because recently I’ve been struggling with a few injuries, but I managed to pull through and do it so I’m happy.”

Gymnastics Ireland Performance and Technical Manager Sally Johnson said: “I’m very pleased with them. They coped very well, paced themselves and they hit the targets we set for them so I’m happy with that. They kept themselves pretty contained throughout the competition. Emma contained herself very well, her bars were excellent, one of the best I’ve seen her do them. Adam did very well, he did an excellent job on the apparatus, couple of upgrades on the high bar which were excellent, exciting routine to watch and had us on the edge of the seat. I’m very pleased with both of them.”

The Republic of Belarus hosted of the 2nd European Games, an international multi-sport event with 15 sports, which is held every four years under the direction of the European Olympic Committees. Full results and more details of this competition visit…

Photography credit: Simone Ferraro/UEG

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