Monday, June 26, 2017

Future Stars Selected for Gyor 2017

The British Olympic Association has today announced 16 swimmers selected to represent Team GB at the Győr 2017 European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF).

The Festival will see a total of 50 British athletes compete alongside around 3,000 athletes from 50 European nations come together to compete across 10 Olympic sports from 23rd-29th July. 

Team GB’s athletes, who will all be aged 14-17 at the event, will compete in six of those; canoe sprint (six athletes), cycling (six), gymnastics (six), judo (12), swimming (16) and tennis (four). Athletics, basketball, handball and volleyball complete the sporting programme in Hungary.

Youth Squad member, Archie Goodburn (Warrender) and Charlie Hutchison who swims with Ellesmere Titans are the two Scottish swimmers selected to the squad. Speaking of his selection, Hutchison said,

“Selection to this event was the goal my coach and I set at the start of the season. It is my debut on the international scene and we want to use it as a stepping stone for the future. I am most looking forward to racing the best of the swimmers in Europe.”

With many athletes already working on the road to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, EYOFs play an important role in the development of young British athletes and help them along the route to achieving their own Olympic dreams.

Team GB has a rich history of medal success at EYOFs, having won at least 20 medals in each of the previous 13 summer Festivals. 

They provide crucial multi-sport event experience for young athletes, with over 50 athletes graduating from a summer EYOF with Team GB going on to compete at the Beijing 2008, London 2012 or Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The likes of Becky Adlington, Pete Kennaugh, Sally Conway and Nile Wilson all had their first taste of an Olympic-style event at an EYOF before winning an Olympic medal at senior level.

Team GB at Győr 2017


Adam Metcalf, 15, from Ellesmere, Shropshire

Alicia Dingle, 15, from Walsall, West Midlands

Archie Goodburn, 15, from Edinburgh, Scotland

Ceara Barber, 15, from Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire

Charlie Hutchison, 15, from Castle Douglas, Scotland

Charlotte Robinson, 13, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire

Kyle Booth, 15, from Barry, Wales

Mia Slevin, 14, from Derby, Derbyshire

Michaella Glenister, 15, from Loughborough, Leicestershire

Oliver Taverner, 16, from Watford, Hertfordshire

Pia Murray, 15, from Preston, Lancashire

Rachel Anderson, 15, from Winscombe, Somerset

Rebecca Clynes, 14, from Leeds, West Yorkshire

Sam Dailley, 16, from Plymouth, Devon

Samuel Osborne, 16, from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

William Bell, 15, from Loughborough, Leicestershire