Aoife Hopkins, the mathematician and sailor hope to achieve a place in the Olympic next month. However, before that, there is a lot of numbers that have to be run. She is known to be recuperating from the 6 bouts of tonsillitis in the previous year, clocking up twenty credits for the studies of the year at Dublin’s Trinity College, sail 5 days a week, and there is only one slot.
Moreover, the boat consumes a lot of money. Hence, the number simply doesn’t stop ticking. Hopkins competes in Laser Radial’s single-handed from Dublin. It might be the most popular boat for the non-sailors of Ireland since Annalise Murphy won the silver medal in the same event at Rio Games of 2016.
The sailors from Ireland are contesting for 4 events at Tokyo Games, the Finn, Laser Standard, Laser Redial, and 49er. The following months are going to be significant for qualifying as the squad hasn’t yet secured a slot yet, starting with World Cup Genoa on 15th of April.
Amongst this strangeness of sports of Olympics, Hopkins or Aisling Keller, her team-mate can secure a spot for Ireland. Thereafter, they are going to race against each other to find out who is traveling to Tokyo. Aisling finished in the second position after Hopkins at under-21 European. The pair is known to train with each other on a regular basis.
Hopkins has stated that she is competing against international girls and just one Irish girl. She says that they train together and perform their whole programme together. They are great friends and they do things together when they are away. It is going to be long and difficult days. Thus, Hopkins believes that it is better to have a training partner. She and Keller have excellent goss.