The British Olympic Association has today announced the 42 athletes selected to represent Team GB at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
The Games, which run from the 6th – 18th October, will see Team GB compete in 17 of the 32 sports on the programme across 12 days of competition.
The team consists of athletes aged between 14 and 18 years old, with the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) playing a crucial role in the development of young athletes from the United Kingdom and across the world.
Competing in the gymnastics events will be acrobatic mixed pair Clyde Gembickas and Sophia Imrie-Gale, trampoline gymnasts Andrew Stamp and Jessica Clarke and artistic gymnasts Amelie Morgan and Adam Tobin.
The Youth Olympic Games provides crucial multi-sport experience for aspiring Olympians and Team GB’s class of 2018 will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Tom Daley, Jade Jones and Duncan Scott who all went on to win medals at an Olympic Games having first competed at a YOG.
Buenos Aires 2018 is expected to welcome just under 4,000 of the world’s best young athletes from 206 nations for the third edition of the Games following Singapore 2010 and Nanjing 2014.
The Games will also make history through its commitment to gender equality by becoming the first Olympic event to host the same number of male and female athletes with 1,999 of each set to compete in Argentina.
Mahdi Choudhury, Team GB’s Chef de Mission for Buenos Aires 2018 said: “Being selected to Team GB for a Youth Olympic Games is a fantastic achievement and our 42 young athletes should be hugely proud to be heading out to Argentina next month. Buenos Aires 2018 will offer a fantastic opportunity for our team to experience a multi-sport event for the first time and I’m sure it will act as a great springboard for their own senior Olympic dreams. Youth Olympic Games such as Buenos Aires offer the chance for young athletes to experience life in an Olympic Village, mix with competitors from different sports and nationalities, and are given the chance to grow as individuals as well as athletes. These events have helped shape the careers of Team GB Olympic stars such as Jade Jones and Tom Daley and we hope the same will be said for this group of young stars.”
Team GB gymnasts:
Clyde Gembickas, aged 18, trains at Bromley Valley Gymnastics Centre, from Bromley, Kent
Sophia Imrie-Gale, aged 14, trains at Bromley Valley Gymnastics Centre, from Petts Wood, Kent
Adam Tobin, aged 17, trains at Falcons Gym Academy, from Bideford, Devon
Amelie Morgan, aged 15, trains at The Academy, from Portishead, Somerset
Andrew Stamp, aged 16, trains at Northamptonshire Trampoline Gymnastics Academy, from Market Harborough, Leicestershire
Jessica Clarke, aged 16, trains at Activ8 Trampoline Club, from Birmingham, West MidlandsMore info