Ireland will send a squad of 16 athletes from nine sports, to compete at the Summer Youth Olympic Games in October in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The competition runs from October 6 to October 18 featuring over 4,000 athletes and over 32 sports. Irish athletes will be in action on each day of the games.
This will be the third edition of the Youth Olympic Games which are hosted every four years. They provide Olympic experience and competition for talented junior athletes aged 15 to 18 from over 200 countries around the world.
A number of Ireland’s prominent medal winners at Youth level from this summer are not included in the squad due to the clash with school and a number of them like Sarah Healy preparing for her Leaving certificate this year.
The event replicates many features of the Summer Olympic Games with a fully maintained Athletes’ Village.
The team of 5 male athletes and 11 female athletes includes Nhat Nguyen (Badminton) and Mona McSharry (Swimming), recipients of Olympic Solidarity Scholarships which were awarded to assist with qualification and preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
“Our team is made up of talented and committed athletes, who have worked hard to qualify for these Games, where they take on the world’s best in their fields,” said Olympic Federation of Ireland President Sarah Keane.
“This will undoubtedly be a significant stepping stone for them in their sporting careers. As ever, none of this would be possible without the support of their families, coaches, NGBs, Sport Ireland High Performance Unit and Sport Ireland Institute.”
This will be the first outing for Team Ireland since the change of name from the Olympic Council of Ireland to the Olympic Federation of Ireland.
“The Youth Olympic Games plays an important role in athlete development,” added OFI Chief Executive Peter Sherrard.
“Competing at the top level provides great experience to young athletes and being part of a multi-sport competition adds an extra element of learning for our next generation of talent.”
The athletes and their families took part in an Olympic team preparation day over the weekend at the Sport Ireland Institute in partnership with their Sport Science and Medical team, and led by Chef de Mission for the Youth Olympic Games, Olympic Federation of Ireland’s Sports Director, Martin Burke.
The team day covered a wide range of topics from medical checks, anti-doping and integrity briefings to social media training and team building exercises.
TEAM IRELAND for ARGENTINA
Miriam Daly (400m Hurdles), Sophie Meredith (Long Jump), Miranda Tcheutchoua (Hammer)
Nhat Nguyen (Men’s Singles)
Dean Clancy (Men’s Flyweight), Lauren Kelly (Middleweight), Dearbhla Rooney (Bantamweight)
Tanya Watson (10m Platform)
Sean McCarthy Crean (+68kg)
Lauren Crowley Walsh (Women’s Individual, Mixed Team), David Kitt (Men’s Individual, Mixed Team)
Emma Slevin (Women’s Artistic Programme)
Niamh Coyne (50, 100, 200 breaststroke), Mona McSharry (50, 100, 200 breaststroke, 50 freestyle), Robert Powell (50, 100 freestyle, 50 butterfly)
Georgia Drummy (Women’s Singles)
The team departs for Buenos Aires on October 3 with Irish athletes in action on every day of the Games.
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