2 August 13:35 (BST)

GA: SMITH (IRL) - 'It feels great to wear this leotard and represent Ireland'

GLASGOW - Comments from Meaghan SMITH of Ireland after subdivision 1 of 4 of women's qualifications at The SSE Hydro on Thursday

Meaghan SMITH (IRL)

On how her qualifying competition went:

"It went alright. I started off on beam and I made a couple of mistakes. I didn't quite handle the pressure right, but then I was able to push that aside for the other three events.

"Then I performed really well, just like I've been doing in training. So I think it was a good learning experience."

On how difficult it is to start on beam:

"It's a huge mental game so you have to be super-focused for it and especially since this is my first major international event it was a bit nerve-wracking. 

"I think for next time it will be good to know that I can just stay calm and do my job like I do in practice."

On representing Ireland in the European Championships. She was born and grew up in Canada, but took dual citizenship in 2017 to enable her to compete for Ireland:

"Amazing, so awesome. It feels great to wear this leotard and represent the country. My grandfather was born in Belfast and I've been in Ireland since the summer. In May I moved over here to train at the national centre in Dublin, working with the coaches there which has been fantastic.

"I'm going back to Canada at the end of August for a couple of weeks and then I'll be back in Ireland to prepare for the world championships [in Doha, Qatar, in October]."

On winning the Irish Championships at her first attempt in 2017:

"That was amazing, I didn't expect that at all. It was my first time competing over in Ireland so I didn't really have any expectations. I just wanted to do my job so that was a bonus."

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