Bello boys officially named in Team GB
6th September 2018
Young beach volleyball stars Javier and Joaquin Bello have been officially selected to represent Team GB at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG).
The pair were today named in the British Olympic Association’s 42-strong team for the Games, which take place in Buenos Aires from the 6th to 18th October.
It’s a huge achievement for the twins, who secured qualification for the Games at the CEV Youth Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Finals in June. It’s the latest success in their fledgling careers which has seen them take gold at the NEVZA U17 beach volleyball championships, fifth at the U19 World Championships and win gold in the Youth Commonwealth Games as they represented England, and now they will get the ultimate honour of representing Great Britain.
"It's a great honour to represent Great Britain for the first times," says Javier. "We've worked very hard to get to this point and are thankful for the support of our parents."
The YOG plays a vital role in the development of young athletes, giving them experience of a multi-sport games and the whole class of 2018 will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Tom Daley, Jade Jones and Duncan Scott, who all went on to win medals at the Olympic Games having first competed at the YOG.
Team GB’s Chef de Mission for Buenos Aires 2018, Madhi Choudhury said: “Being selected to Team GB for a Youth Olympic Games is a fantastic achievement and our 42 young athletes should be hugely proud to be heading out to Argentina next month.”
“Youth Olympic Games such as Buenos Aires offer the chance for young athletes to experience life in an Olympic Village, mix with competitors from different sports and nationalities, and are given the chance to grow as individuals as well as athletes.”
Joining the athletes in Argentina will be 62 Athlete Role Models whose presence as Olympians at the Games will be to support, advise and inspire the young athletes. Double Olympic taekwondo champion Jade Jones will be there, as well as four-time Olympian and Rio 2016 gold medallist Helen Richardson-Walsh.
The beach volleyball competition begins on the second day of the Games and Javier and Joaquin will not be short of inspiration as they head onto the biggest stage of their careers so far.