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Published: 14:40 | 18/4/16

Ellis O'Reilly qualifies for Olympics


Ellis O'Reilly made history on Monday by becoming the first ever Irish female gymnast to qualify for an Olympic Games.

O'Reilly will represent Ireland at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after qualifying through her performance at the Aquecce Rio Test Event, the final qualifying event for the Rio games at the HSBC Barra Olympic Arena.

The London-based athlete qualified for the event following her performance at last year's World Championships and Gymnastics Ireland CEO Mr Ciaran Gallagher believes he will inspire young gymnasts throughout Ireland.

"Ellis has made history for Gymnastics Ireland by qualifying to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. This is a huge step forward for our women’s programme and in becoming the first Irish female gymnast to qualify to an Olympic Games Ellis’ achievement will serve to inspire to all the young up and coming Irish gymnasts who will want to follow in her footsteps," Gallagher said.

"The focus for Ellis and coach Sam James now shifts to the summer Games where she will join Kieran Behan in flying the Irish flag at the most prestigious competition in our sport. It was an ambitious target set by Sally Filmer, our Performance and Technical Manager, four years ago to qualify one male and one female gymnast to Rio but today it is a target achieved. On behalf of our organisation I would like to congratulate Ellis and Kieran on this great achievement."


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