Winning Gold

Newtownards gymnast Rhys McClenaghan wins Northern Ireland’s first Gold medal at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games!  The 18 year-old held strong on the Pommel Horse in a tough competition against England’s double Olympic champion, Max Whitlock, who was the favourite to win in the Gold Coast Games, Australia.

Tough Competition

Rhys, who competes for Northern Ireland and Ireland in Gymnastics said how much winning a gold medal meant to him: ” I knew it was going to be a tough competition because of double Olympic champion Max Whitlock being in the final but I knew I could produce that good routine – and I pulled it off. ”

Rhys is now looking forward to his future: It is the only the beginning for me. I am 18 years old. There is so much time for me to get more results and I see this as a new chapter in my Gymnastics career.” This is a tremendous achievement for Rhys, for gymnastics and for Northern Ireland. Well done to all.

NI Boxing Team

Meanwhile the NI boxing squad is guaranteed nine Bronze medals so far. Carly McNaul and Michaela Walsh are through to the semi-finals alongside Brendan Irvine, James McGivern, Kurt Walker, Aidan Walsh and Steven Donnelly who all fight in the semi-finals on Friday 13 April. Kristina O’Hara qualified to the Women’s 45kg-48kg final and fights on Saturday 14 April at 9.30am.

Further Information

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