Annalise Murphy has spoken to RTÉ Sport about her Olympic ambitions as the Irish sailing team for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games trials was announced in Dublin today.

Murphy finished fourth in the Laser Radial class in London and is aiming to be among the medals next year but first she has to secure the Irish Olympic place that her performances secured.

"The last three years have flown by," she said. "I'm really looking forward to next year. The chance to go to Rio and get a medal would be something great. I dream about it every day.

"It's going to be difficult. Nearly all the girls I was competing again at the last Olympics are back again and others are up and coming but it makes it quite a challenge."

Murphy did admit to some concerns over the water quality in Brazil however.

"The water quality isn't great in Rio. It's the most polluted I've ever sailed in. There were a lot dead fish when I was there in November and December but I haven't got sick from being down there so you just have to try and get on with it.

"They are trying their best to clean it up so hopefully by next year they'll have achieved that."

Ireland's sailors were among the first competitors to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics, with three Irish boats qualifying in Santander, Spain, in September 2014 – Laser, Laser Radial and 49er.

Providence Team IRL is hoping to qualify two more boats before the end of 2015 in the 49erFX class for the Olympics and Sonar for the Paralympics.

Next week's  Aquece Rio Intl Regatta test event in Rio gives the Irish sailors a final opportunity to familiarise themselves with the environment they will experience at the Olympics next year.

Ireland’s Paralympic Sonar team will attempt to qualify for the Rio 2016 Games at the IFDS Combined World Championships in November in Melbourne, Australia. Helm, John Twomey from Kinsale will be hoping to qualify for his 11th successive Paralympic Games.

The Irish Olympic Team had their most successful Olympics for thirty years at London 2012 with fourth, tenth and 14th-place finishes.

Providence Team IRL
Annalise Murphy (Laser Radial)
James Espey (Laser)
Ryan Seaton & Matt McGovern (49er)
Andrea Brewster & Saskia Tidey (49er FX)
John Twomey, Ian Costello, Austin O’Carroll (Paralympic Sonar)