Junior Artistic Gymnastics team announced for EYOF 2022

13th July 2022, 13:10p.m. | International

The Olympic Federation of Ireland has today named thirty-three athletes who will compete across seven sports in the Summer European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) later this month. The multi-sport event that is aimed at athletes aged 14-17 years, will take place in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia and will run from the 25-31 July 2022.

The EYOF is a prestigious event that plays an important role in the development of an athlete, replicating the Olympic Games model. It is run biennially, with the summer event ordinarily run on the alternate year to the winter EYOF. This year’s event was originally scheduled for July 2021 and was moved in line with the postponed Tokyo Olympics.

The Junior Artistic Gymnastics Team is as follows:

  • Lily Russell, Women’s Artistic Gymnastics
  • Maeve McGuinness, Women’s Artistic Gymnastics
  • Sophie McGuinness, Women’s Artistic Gymnastics
  • Niall Hooton, Men’s Artistic Gymnastics
  • Sandra Stevenson – Team Leader
  • Colm Murray – Coach
  • Andrew Smith – Coach

The Irish team departs for Banska Bystrica on the 22 July, with competition starting on the 25 July 2022.

Watch the opening ceremony and daily highlights across the sports can be viewed on the event YouTube channel HERE.

Commenting on Team Ireland’s announcement this morning, Gymnastics Ireland CEO Ciaran Gallagher said:

‘Huge congratulations to Lily, Meave, Sophie & Niall on their selection to Team Ireland. EYOF is a key milestone event on the international gymnastics pathway for our young gymnasts who aspire to have long term competitive careers with the ultimate aim of qualifying for the Olympic Games. I have no doubt they will really enjoy this great event which will give them their first experience of a multi-sport environment. We will all be cheering them on from home!'

Team Ireland Athletes complete details and full announcement is available here: https://olympics.ie/thirty-three-athletes-across-seven-sports-to-compete-for-team-ireland-at-the-eyof/

Best of luck to the team in their final preparations before this event!

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