Tidey and Brewster get Olympic nod at long last

by Gazette Reporter

FOLLOWING a four-month delay, World Sailing confirmed this week that Ireland’s Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey have qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the 49erFX skiff event.
Africa confirmed they would not enter the 49erFX skiff event, releasing another European place and, as the next in line based on the world championships in Argentina, Providence Team IRL’s Brewster and Tidey have secured qualification for Ireland.
The Dublin pair delivered a strong final day performance at the 2015 World Championships in Argentina and appeared to secure a berth when they finished 14th overall.
The pair will shortly be nominated as part of the Irish Sailing Association Performance squad to the Olympic Council of Ireland for inclusion in the team competing in Rio 2016.
“This is a hugely significant development for Andrea and Saskia who earned qualification by fighting to deliver a strong finish to last year’s world championships,” commented James O’Callaghan, ISA Performance Manager. “It’s a very emotional day for them and they can now concentrate fully on building toward their Rio goals.”

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