Young Roscommon athlete Hollie selected for European Youth Olympics

Hollie Kilroe from Roscommon Town is amongst 33 athletes selected by the Olympic Federation of Ireland to compete in the Summer European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) when the event begins next week.

The multi-sport event which is aimed at athletes aged 14-17 years, will take place in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia and will run from the 25-31 July 2022.

Hollie (16), daughter of Fintan and Siobhan Kilroe, runs with the Suck Valley Athletic Club and will compete in the 400m and 400m Medley Relay events. A very promising athlete, she recently won the Irish Life Health Juvenile All-Ireland U-17 400m title. She attends the Convent of Mercy in Roscommon.

The EYOF is a prestigious event that plays an important role in the development of an athlete, replicating the Olympic Games model. It is run biennially, with the summer event ordinarily run on the alternate year to the winter EYOF. This year’s event was originally scheduled for July 2021 and was moved in line with the postponed Tokyo Olympics.

Announcing the team, Olympic Federation of Ireland Chef de Mission for the EYOF, Gavin Noble said: “The EYOF is the only major multisport event for the best young athletes in Europe and it marks an important step for Team Ireland athletes on our Olympic pathway.

“This is an exciting young group and I know that they will all learn a lot. The event is also very important to our Paris 2024 preparations as we experience, learn and de-brief together as a staff team.

“I am very happy too with our coaching group and I know that this event will also serve them well as they continue to help develop our young talents in unison with club coaches all around Ireland.

“The sporting excellence demonstrated by these young athletes is an example of how drive, determination and resilience can achieve great heights. But of course, athletic success depends on the support of so many, and we would like to say particular thanks to the families, coaches, clubs, and communities that have come together to ensure that each athlete can achieve their best and raise the spirits of a nation”.

The Irish team departs for Banska Bystrica on this Friday, 22nd of July, with competition starting on Monday, the 25th of July.