Rhys McClenaghan

World Medallist 2019. European & Commonwealth Champion 2018

Social Media: Instagram @rhysmcc1 Twitter @McClenaghanRhys

Rising Star: 20-year-old Rhys from Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland, was named RTE’s Young Sportsperson of the Year in 2019 & 2018.

World Class Gymnast: Rhys became the first Irish gymnast to make a World Final in 2019 and secured a brilliant bronze in the Pommel Horse and a place in the 2020 Olympic Games. In 2018 he was the Pommel Horse European & Commonwealth Champion.

Dublin Based: Currently trains at the National Gymnastics Training Centre, National Sports Campus, Dublin, where he is coached by former GB Olympian Luke Carson.

Positive Attitude: Confident, driven, ambitious and exceptionally talented!

Overcome Adversity:  Demonstrated an ability to bounce back from injury having undergone shoulder surgery in late 2018 he was back on the World Cup podium less six months later. In his first competition he secured second place at the world cup in China, he followed this up with Gold in the World Challenge Cup in Slovenia with an impressive personal best score of 15.450.

Key Achievements

2019  First Irish gymnast to make a World final, securing his Olympic qualification spot. Takes a brilliant bronze in one of the most competitive pommel horse finals in years. Won gold at the World Cup in Slovenia in a new personal best score. Named RTE’s Young Sportsperson of the Year.

2018: Named RTE’s Young Sportsperson of the Year. Takes pommel horse gold for Ireland at European Championships in Glasgow. Beats Olympic Champion Max Whitlock to pommel horse gold at the Commonwealth Games representing Northern Ireland

2016: Won the first European Championships medal in history for Ireland, taking silver on the pommel horse at the Junior European Gymnastics Championship