Drummy earns place in Irish Olympic team

by Gazette Reporter

Donnybrook and Mount Anville tennis star Georgia Drummy has been named in a squad of 16 athletes from nine sports to compete at the Summer Youth Olympic Games in October in Buenos Aires.

Competition runs from October 6 to October 18 featuring over 4,000 athletes and over 32 sports. This will be the first outing for Team Ireland since the unveiling of the new logo and name.

Drummy has become an almost ever-present on the junior grand slam stage this year, reaching the last 32 of the US Open earlier this month while she also got to the quarter-final of the Wimbledon’s doubles event.

It has seen her rise to 40th in the junior world rankings and 38th on the doubles list.

This will be the third edition of the Youth Olympic Games which are hosted every four years.

The Games provide invaluable Olympic experience and competition for talented junior athletes aged 15 to 18 from over 200 countries around the world.

The event replicates many features of the Summer Olympic Games with a fully maintained Athletes’ Village. In recognition of the role the games play in the development of future athletes, the Youth Olympic Games also integrates a Culture and Education programme.

Wishing the team luck in their competition, President of the Olympic Federation of Ireland, Sarah Keane said: “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.

“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.”

CEO Peter Sherrard outlined the role played by the Youth Olympic Games in the athlete’s career, “The Youth Olympic Games plays an important role in athlete development. 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.”

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