Today marks the start of a special week for 50 young British athletes as the Gyor 2017 European Youth Olympic Festival officially begins.
Team GB arrived into the Athlete Village yesterday evening ahead of tonight’s Opening Ceremony with the lighting of the Olympic Flame set to start six days of competition in Hungary. The Festival will welcome over 2,500 athletes from 50 European nations competing across 10 sports in Gyor.
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.
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, helping 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.
Original article from Team GB website
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