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Ten Athletes with Commonwealth Games Consideration Standard

24 June 2017

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games takes place in Queensland, Australia between 4th – 15th April next year and ten of Northern Ireland’s top athletes have now achieved the consideration standard required to be nominated by Athletics NI for the Northern Ireland team.

Nomination Process

The nomination panel will consider athletes, for individual events in four rounds as follows:

Round 1 - those who have achieved two or more standards during the qualification period that opened on 1st January 2017 and closes on 30th September 2017. For combined events, marathon and 10,000m, athletes with at least one standard achieved between 1st September 2016 and 30thSeptember 2017 will be considered.

Round 2 - those who have achieved one standard during the qualification period that opened on 1st January 2017 and closes on 30th September 2017.

Round 3 – those that may compete in the relays.

Round 4 – In the unlikely event that places are available after rounds 1 – 3, those that have not achieved the standard may be considered using the same criteria.

Standards achieved to date

Athlete

Event

Performance

Percentage

Achieved Twice

(Once Marathon /Combined Events)

Dempsey McGuigan

Hammer

70.55

103.45%

Yes

Sommer Lecky

High Jump

1.85

101.65%

Yes

Ben Reynolds

110m hurdles

13.6

101.47%

Yes

Paul Pollock

Marathon

2:15:30

100.89%

Yes

Emma Mitchell

10,000n

32:51.78

100.72%

Yes

Ciara Mageean

1500m

4:04.49

101.64%

No

Adam Kirk-Smith

3000m steeplechase

8:37.62

101.10%

No

Adam McMullen

Long Jump

7.85

100.90%

No

Amy Foster

100m

11.42

100.18%

No

Mollie Courtney

100m hurdles

13.44

100.07%

No


Jackie Newton, Director of Coaching and Athlete Development said, “As the 2017 competition season has got underway, it has been great to see so many of our athletes hitting the consideration standards. There has been a steady stream of performances and there will be more to come. Currently, we don’t know how many places we will have at this competition but it is very likely that more athletes will hit the standards and surpass the criteria than we will have places for and that is a great position to be in. Our target is to achieve as many top eight places as possible and so, on 1st October, we will nominate those athletes that have the greatest potential to deliver those performances.”

The nomination policy for the Commonwealth Games can be found HERE