Ellis O’Reilly has created history after she became the first ever Irish female gymnast to qualify for an Olympic Games.
O’Reilly, who went to Chislehurst School for Girls in south east London, secured her place at the final qualifying event for the Games last weekend.
The 18-year-old, who qualifies through her Irish grandmother, is coached by Sam James and trains out of the Europa Gymnastics club. “I’m over the moon really.
I’ve been training a long time for this with my coach and I’m just so pleased it came together on the day,” she said.
“It’s pretty amazing really. I feel really proud of myself.” Gymnastics Ireland chief executive Ciaran Gallagher said: “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.
“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.”