Galway’s Emma Slevin has made history today as the first Irish gymnast to qualify for the All Around Finals at the World Gymnastics Championships in Japan.
The Claregalway woman placed 21st today with a score of 50.165, and will now proceed with the other top 24 gymnasts to the finals on Thursday, October 21.
Slevin already made history in May of this year by becoming the first Irish gymnast to qualify for All Around Finals in a European Gymnastics Championships.
In her Japanese performance, Emma scored 11.466 on the Balance Beam, even with an unfortunate fall; 12.466 on Floor; 12.700 on Uneven Bars and finally 13.533 on Vault giving an AA score of 50.165.
Speaking from Japan Emma said that she felt confident this morning and ended up having an enjoyable experience, and that despite a few small mistakes, she’s very happy with her performance.
“I have a great team around me that support me all the way and helped me prepare for this competition. Overall it was a great experience and I’m super excited for the final.”
Gymnastics Ireland’s Women’s National Performance Coach Sally Batley added that it has been a fantastic experience to come and compete in Japan, and a great experience in the international field.
“We’re looking forward to the final, we have a few focus points to work on but most importantly we want to absorb this experience, enjoy it and show off Emma’s hard work. It’s a great way to finish off the year, I’m incredibly proud of her.”
Speaking of Emma’s achievement, Gymnastics Ireland CEO Ciaran Gallagher said that “to say we are proud” would be an understatement.
“Huge congratulations to Emma, her coach Sally Batley and our Performance & Technical Manager Sally Johnson. Congratulations also to Emma’s family and all at Renmore Gymnastics Club in Galway. What a start to her Paris 2024 campaign.”