EVAN BAILEY of New Ross Swimming Club has been called up to represent Ireland at the LEN European Junior championships, to be held in Otopeni, Romania.
The promising youngster, who is coached by Fran Ronan, was over the moon after Swim Ireland named their teams for five summer international meets recently.
For the junior element within the national programme, Bailey and the other aspiring stars of the future will focus on the action in Otopeni, with seven athletes making the cut for this competition.
That is an impressive number when looking back at some of the compromised training environments that they had to endure during the recent lockdown periods.
The team is smattered with young and exciting talent, with head coach Michael McCarthy working under the team leader direction of national performance pathway manager Andrew Reid whilst in Romania.
The 2022 FINA World Junior Championships in August were recently moved from Kazan, Russia to Lima, Peru, with a revised competition date that subsequently spanned into September.
National performance director Jon Rudd said that there is much to look forward to this summer. “After a very successful Olympics and world short course championships in 2021, it is time for our athletes to see how they can move our sport on yet again for Ireland.
“And with so many events on the calendar this summer, we believe that we have struck an excellent balance across all of that which was available to us.
“Our Juniors have everything to look forward to and nothing to lose, and we are confident that they will fare well in Romania against the best youngsters in Europe.”