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Future canoeing stars selected for Győr 2017

The British Olympic Association has today announced the six athletes selected to represent Team GB at the Győr 2017 European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF).

The Festival will see around 3,000 athletes from 50 European nations come together to compete across 10 Olympic sports from 23rd-29th July.

Team GB’s athletes, who will all be aged 14-17 at the event, will compete in six of those; including canoe sprint.

The six canoe sprint athletes selected for the Győr 2017 EYOF are: 

Alex Greaves, 15, from Warwick, Warwickshire

Alix Aitchison, 16, from Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Edward Nightingale 15, from Trowbridge, Wiltshire

Enya Dale, 16, from Oxford, Oxfordshire

Thomas Lambert, 15, from Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire

Zoe Clark, 16 years old, from Surbiton, London

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 and helps 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.

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 with before winning an Olympic medal at senior level.

Thomas Lambert is delighted to be selected to take part at the EYOF.

He said: “It’s a special feeling to be selected to be part of Team GB and I’m very proud. I’ve only been canoeing for two years and joined through the sprint talent I.D. finder. 

"I’m very determined and focused and that’s really helped me in that short period. Győr will be a fantastic experience and hopefully I can perform well and make GB proud."