Please select your home edition
Edition
Gul 2020 LEADERBOARD

Annalise Murphy to be nominated for Olympic selection

by Treasa Cox 13 Jun 06:41 PDT
Olympic Silver medallist Annalise Murphy and fellow Toyko contender Aoife Hopkins in action on Dun Laoghaire Harbour © David Branigan / Oceansport

Irish Sailing has confirmed that Rio 2016 silver medallist Annalise Murphy will be nominated in the Laser Radial to compete at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. Her nomination will now be put forward to the Olympic Federation of Ireland for ratification.

Murphy secured the Laser Radial nomination after the conclusion of the trials in which her three teammates Aoife Hopkins, Aisling Keller and Eve McMahon also competed.

There were originally three scheduled trial regattas:

  • ILCA Laser Radial Women's World Championship, Melbourne, Australia (21-28 February 2020)
  • Trofeo Princesa Sofia, Palma, Spain (28 March - 4 April 2020)
  • Hyéres Regatta, France (18 - 25 April 2020)
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, both the Palma and Hyéres events were cancelled, and the 2020 Olympics postponed until 2021. Under the selection process, if one or more of the trial regattas are cancelled, then the person with the best performance in the completed trial regattas secures the Laser Radial nomination. Annalise Murphy finished the ILCA Laser Radial Women's World Championship in 12th place, Aoife Hopkins finished in 40th, Aisling Keller 63rd, and Eve McMahon 78th.

While uncertainty still exists as to the future international sailing calendar it is planned that the team continue to train at home in the Dun Laoghaire Performance HQ. Aoife Hopkins is a senior carded athlete who remains a key member of the training group along with Academy sailor Eve McMahon. Aisling Keller has decided to return to college.

James O'Callaghan, Irish Sailing Performance Director commented "Annalise's performance in the 2020 Worlds made her a clear favourite to win the scheduled trials. By nominating her now the Irish Sailing Board have ensured that team preparations can move focus to the Olympics rather than preparing for domestic trials". He went on to say: "for sure this is tough on Aoife but she is still very young and can benefit massively from team training planned in Tokyo".

Related Articles

Why do Race Officers do it?
Three new local race officers qualify Congratulations to Hal Andrews, Margot Cronin and Eamon Timoney in their new roles as recognised Local Race Officers. So, who becomes a Local Race Officer and why? Posted on 25 Jul
Irish Sailing Team returns to the water
Back to training as per Phase 1 of the Government's Roadmap for Reopening The Irish Sailing Team goes back to training on the water today (Monday 18 May) as per Phase 1 of the Government's Roadmap for Reopening. Posted on 18 May
Irish eSailing National Championship launched
Teaming up with World Sailing and Virtual Regatta Irish Sailing have teamed up with World Sailing and Virtual Regatta, the leading digital sailing platform, to launch the Irish eSailing National Championship. Posted on 10 Apr
Olympian Matt McGovern returns to coach
Ex-49er sailor re-joins the Irish Sailing Team as 49er coach Matt McGovern, who represented Ireland in the 49er class at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, has re-joined the Irish Sailing Team as 49er coach. Posted on 25 Oct 2019
Annalise Murphy returns to Laser Radial
A challenge ahead for Irish sailor aiming for Tokyo Annalise's return to a class which brought her and Ireland so much success is not as straightforward as one might think. In her absence Aoife Hopkins and Aisling Keller have been sailing the Laser Radial full time and have showed some promising potential. Posted on 4 Oct 2019
2.4mR Irish Nationals at Kinsale
Half of the fleet came over from the UK Although this is a small entry, it's very significant in that the class have great hopes of this becoming an annual event at Kinsale Yacht Club where the facilities and enthusiasm for Sailability Ireland is one of the best in the country. Posted on 4 Oct 2019
2019 Irish Sailing Junior All Ireland Championship
Cork's Bateman Brothers win Chris Bateman (18) of Monkstown Bay Sailing Club and Royal Cork YC has won this year's Junior Irish Sailing All Ireland Championships in Schull today (Sunday 29 September 2019) with crew, younger brother Olin. Posted on 29 Sep 2019
All Ireland Championships preview
Keeping it in the family One married couple, two father and son teams, and one pair of brothers will all compete at this year's Irish Sailing All Ireland Championships which take place on 5 & 6 October at the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire. Posted on 18 Sep 2019
Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm Regatta
Sligo Yacht Club wins All Women Team prize at inaugural event Sligo Yacht Club wins All Women Team prize at the inaugural Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm Regatta. 61 boats entered with over 200 people taking part in the unique event where all boats had to have female helms. Posted on 18 Aug 2019
Pathfinder Women at the Helm Regatta preview
Unique regatta in Ireland with only female captains Women are being encouraged to get involved in sailing and develop skills that will help them in all walks of life at a unique regatta where all of the boats must have female captains. Posted on 15 Aug 2019
Henri-Lloyd 2020 FOOTERRooster 2020 - Impact BA - FOOTERCyclops Marine 2020 - FOOTER