Gymnasts Selected for European Youth Olympic Festival
16th July 2019
Raekwon Baptiste from Notts Gymnastics Academy has been selected as part of the GB team for the 2019 European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku.
Raekwon has been selected alongside Luke Whitehouse and Sam Mostowfi and then Annie Young, Halle Hilton and Ondine Achampong.
Our gymnasts will join 38 other athletes who will compete across 10 Olympic sports from 21st-27th July. The event will see around 2,500 athletes from 48 European nations come together.
With many athletes already working on the road to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as well as Paris 2024, EYOFs play an important role in the development of young British athletes and help them along the route to achieving their own Olympic dreams.
Baku is the 15th edition of the summer EYOF and Team GB have enjoyed a successful Games at each, with 10 medals won two years ago in Gyor, Hungary and at least 20 medals in each of the previous 13 Festivals.
Leading the Team GB delegation as Chef de Mission at Baku 2019 will be Elaine Skilton, who acted as Deputy Chef de Mission for Team GB at last year’s Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.
Speaking on the announcement for Baku 2019, Skilton said: "Wearing the Olympic rings for the first time and competing for your country is always a huge honour and I’m sure today is a proud moment for each of the 44 selected athletes and their families. Baku 2019 is set to be a great event and we have a very talented group of British athletes coming together to form Team GB for this Festival.
"European Youth Olympic Festivals are fantastic for the next generation of British Olympic sporting stars, providing an opportunity to compete internationally, experience the unique world of multi-sport events and be part of Team GB.
"The British Olympic Association is already underway with planning for Paris 2024 and no doubt a number of these athletes will already have their eyes set on those Games. Hopefully Baku 2019 can act as a great springboard for them as they develop and move through their sporting career towards the senior ranks of Olympic sport, and I wish every athlete the very best for the Festival ahead."