The Olympic Federation of Ireland has named 42 athletes who will compete across five sports in the Summer European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF), taking place later this month.
Among them are three Mayo athletes: distance runner Clodagh Gill (3,000m) and race walker Seamus Clarke (5,000m), both from Ballina, along with tennis player Eoghan Jennings (boys singles and doubles), from Westport.
The EYOF is the largest European multi-sport event for young athletes between the ages of 14 and 17 and generally occurs every two years. This year it takes place in Maribor, Slovenia, and will run from July 23 to 29
A prestigious event that plays an important role in the overall development of athletes, the EYOF mimics the Olympic Games model, preparing athletes for the nuances of performing in a multi-sport environment. This year’s event will see 48 countries across Europe participate, with approximately 3,600 athletes competing.