Monday 26 September 2016

Irish duo have qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

Published 24/03/2016 | 16:47

Andrea Brewster, left, and Saskia Tidey
Andrea Brewster, left, and Saskia Tidey

Following a four-month delay, World Sailing has confirmed that Ireland’s Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey have qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the 49erFX skiff event.

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News today that Africa would not enter the 49erFX skiff event released another European place and as the next in line based on the world championships in Argentina, Providence Team IRL's Brewster and Tidey have secured qualification for Ireland.

The pair delivered a strong final day performance at the 2015 World Championships in Argentina and appeared to secure a berth when they finished 14th overall.  However, a rules protest ashore meant they would have to compete for the final European place at the games in next week’s Princess Sofia Regatta in Mallorca.

The pair will shortly be nominated as part of the Irish Sailing Association Performance squad to the Olympic Council of Ireland for inclusion in the team competing in Rio 2016.

“This is a hugely significant development for Andrea and Saskia who earned qualification by fighting to deliver a strong finish to last year’s world championships,” commented James O’Callaghan, ISA Performance Manager.  “It’s a very emotional day for them and they can now concentrate fully on building toward their Rio goals.”

Brewster and Tidey will be among 13 Irish sailors competing at the Princess Sofia Regatta that begins on the Bay of Palma on Monday 28th March and runs for six days.  A record entry of 775 and more than 1,000 athletes will compete in ten Olympic disciplines.

Ireland has now qualified for representation in four sailing events at the Rio 2016 Olympics including the Men’s 49er skiff, Laser Standard, Laser Radial as well as the 49erFX women’s event.

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