With just a little under two months before the action begins, the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council (NICGC) has announced the team which will be competing in the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in Nassau, Bahamas between 18th and 23rd of July.
The Commonwealth Youth Games will bring together 1000 young athletes for this festival of elite sport. The Youth Games are a vital stepping stone for young athletes with previous competitors including; Olympic medallists Jessica Ennis-Hill, Beth Tweddle, Chad le Clos, Geraint Thomas and Michael Conlan. Carl Frampton represented Northern Ireland at the Bendigo Youth Games in 2004 before going on to become a World Champion.
Northern Ireland will be represented by 18 athletes across 5 sports: Aquatics, Athletics, Boxing, Cycling and Judo. Athletes have been selected based upon nominations from their respective sport’s governing body and are aged between 15 and 18.
The swim squad consists of Rachel Bethel (Lisburn), Jack McMillan (Bangor), Rebecca Reid (Ards) and Shannon Russell (Lurgan). Jack McMillan is a GSF supported athlete and will be attending the Belfast Awards this month to pick up his cheque which will hopefully be put towards this trip.
Athletics sees a mix of track and field competitors with one lap specialist Davicia Patterson (Beechmount) and GSF suported athlete, a contender in the 400m.
Congratulating selected participants NICGC Chairman, Robert McVeigh, said:
‘It’s a great honour for these young athletes to represent Northern Ireland at such a prestigious global event. Our planning has been in progress for quite some time and, over the next couple of months, we will continue to make sure that all the athletes and coaches are suitably prepared so that they can perform to the best of their ability. NICGC acknowledges the ongoing support given to athletes by their respective governing bodies and SportNI. We wish them every success.’
The athletes will be accompanied by a support team of twelve, including coaching, medical and management staff.
We are looking forward to seeing the results and wish all athletes, especially those we support the best of luck!