Snow Sports Stars in Team Ireland Line Up for EYOF Sarajevo & East Sarajevo 2019
29 January 2019
The Olympic Federation of Ireland announced yesterday, 28 January its team for the upcoming Winter European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which will take place from 10-15 February in the Olympic host city Sarajevo and East Sarajevo. They are Elle Murphy and Matt Ryan, who both compete in the Slalom and the Giant Slalom. Skiing has always been an important part of life for Colorado based Murphy. As a 3-year-old she spent the weekends in the mountains with her family, including Dublin born father Ken Murphy. “Skiing is part of my life and representing Ireland under the Olympic flag is by far every Irish athlete’s dream. It will be a product of all my hard work, commitment and sacrifice,” Murphy said. “I’m looking forward to the opening ceremony, it’s a unique experience to be surrounded by so many other athletes that have the same passion for their sport and country – it will be amazing.” Massachusetts native Ryan was also introduced to skiing at a young age, spending weekends in the mountains with his Irish born parents. “I feel honoured to have been chosen to represent Ireland at the EYOF,” Ryan said. “I’m really looking forward to competing against the top Europeans of my own age, watching the other sports, staying in the Olympic Village and experiencing the whole event.” The EYOF is a biennial multi-sport event for youth athletes across the 50 European member countries of the European Olympic Committees. With the slogan “Ready to Shine”, is a key stepping stone for athletes on their Olympic journey.