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Roseanna's Youth Olympics dream back on

By Ali Gordon

Athletics star Roseanna McGuckian is off to the Youth Olympics in China in dramatic circumstances.

After narrowly missing the 200m qualification time for the European Youth Olympics team in May, the 16-year-old thought her dream of competing at the Youth Olympics was over.

But, a week after the team selection was announced, the City of Lisburn sprinter received an exciting email to confirm her place in the squad.

McGuckian revealed: "I was completely shocked to be selected for China. I'd actually rearranged my racing plans to get the standards for the World Juniors in Oregon, so when I got the email I kept asking if it was a mistake and if the email had been sent to the wrong person!"

After recently winning the Ulster Senior title with a personal best of 24.38 seconds, McGuckian knows that she must beat this time to progress in the competition in China.

"As the season has gone on, my times have got quicker and to run new PBs really does help my confidence," she explained.

"Once I get out there, I know the girls will be running extremely fast and I'll need to run another PB to even get through the first round, but for me it's all about the experience."

The only athlete to be selected from Northern Ireland, the youngster is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.

"When you go to an event like this everyone is your competition, as it is on a world stage. As I got one of the last spots, I'm completely going in as the underdog but who knows what could happen on the day," she said.

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