Athletics NI announce Commonwealth Games 2018 nominations…

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Athletics NI announce Commonwealth Games 2018 nominations:

Athletics Northern Ireland’s nominees for the 2018 Commonwealth Games team have been shortlisted.

Final selection of the Northern Ireland Track & Field team to compete at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia will be made by the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council (NICGC) on Tuesday 2nd January 2018. A public announcement will be made later that week.

To assist with selection, each relevant sport will run a process to determine nominations to be made to the NICGC. All nominations must be submitted to the NICGC by 22nd December but many will be lodged earlier as competition seasons end.

Being nominated is not a guarantee of selection and individuals should not assume selection until notified by the NICGC and/or their sport’s governing body after the 2nd of January.

We are pleased to announce that Athletics NI have drawn up the list of athletes to be nominated in priority order from those who have achieved the consideration standard and scored highly against the criteria to those who have come close of the standard.

The list is as follows:

Number Athlete Event
1 Ciara Mageean 1500m
2 Dempsey McGuigan Hammer
3 Kate O’Connor Heptathlon
4 Sommer Lecky High Jump
5 Adam Kirk-Smith 3000m SC
6 Leon Reid 200m
7 Ben Reynolds 110m hurdles
8 Adam McMullen Long Jump
9 Emma Mitchell 10,000m
10 Paul Pollock Marathon
11 Kevin Seaward Marathon
12 Amy Foster 100m
13 Kerry O’ Flaherty 3000m SC
14 Mollie Courtney 100m hurdles
15 Laura Graham Marathon

Jackie Newton, Director of Coaching and Athlete Development said, “This competition presents an excellent opportunity for our athletes to compete against some of the best in the world in a Northern Ireland vest. We are very pleased to present this list of highly talented athletes to the Commonwealth Games Council. All 15 have demonstrated their potential with strong performances during the qualification period. The list includes a great mix of experience along with new talent coming through and several athletes who have a high Commonwealth ranking with performances well above the consideration standard. We look forward to the final selections that will be announced in January.”