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Northern Ireland Athletes Depart for Manchester International

15 August 2018

Northern Ireland Athletes Depart for Manchester International

Twenty-two NI and Ulster Athletes will take on teams from BAL/UKWAL league, England, GB Juniors, Iceland, Scotland and Wales at the Manchester International tonight, Wednesday 15th August 2018.

 

Despite the absence of several of our senior international athletes who competed at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin, the team will benefit from the experience of Commonwealth Games athlete, Adam Kirk-Smith (3000m Steeplechase) and junior/U23 internationals, Craig Newell (400m, 4 X 100m, 4 X 400m), Davicia Patterson (4 X 400m) and Lauren Roy (100m, 200m, 4 X 100m). 

 

Eleven NI & Ulster athletes will make their senior track & field debut tonight. Local athletes, Conall Kirk (800m) and Ellie McCartney (Pole Vault) should be very competitive in the international fields after their breakthrough year.

 

The Manchester International will be a regular fixture for Northern Ireland athletes as we look towards strengthening the Athlete Development Pathway and increasing the numbers of athletes successfully transitioning from through to major championships.

 

Along with other new competition opportunities for NI & Ulster athletes including the Welsh U20 International and English Combined Events Championships, tonight's competition is an opportunity for athletes to improve performance behaviours including interacting effectively with team coaches, self-management and preparation at championship events.

 

An educational team meeting was delivered by Athletics NI Development Staff in Manchester last night, which covered a number of these areas. Athletics NI plan to continue this education by making it a theme of future camps and competitions now that the Commonwealth Games 2022 cycle is underway.

 

Team List: 

 

Men

Event

Women

Michael McAuley

100m

Lauren Roy

Michael McAuley

200m

Lauren Roy

Craig Newell

400m

Rachel McCann

Conall Kirk

800m

 

Neil McCartan, Callum Crawford-Walker

1500m

Rachel Gibson

Adam Kirk-Smith

3000mSC

 
 

110m H /100m H

 
 

400mH

Niamh Malone

 

HJ

Sarah Connolly

 

PV

Ellie McCartney

Keith Marks

LJ

Lydia Mills

Jai Benson

TJ

Lydia Mills

Brendan O’Donnell

HT

Hayley Murray

 

JT

 

Dean Adams, Jai Benson, Michael McAuley Craig Newell. Res - Keith Marks

4x100m

Davicia Patterson, Lauren Roy, Rachel McCann, Sarah Connolly

Adam Hughes, Conall Kirk, Craig Newell, Cormac O’Rourke, Res - Callum Crawford-Walker

4x400m

Laura Frey, Niamh Malone, Rachel McCann, Davicia Patterson, Res - Sarah Connolly

 

Start lists and results:

http://results.welshathletics.org/

 

Streaming:

http://vinco.elasticbeanstalk.com/videos/live

 

*The action begins tonight at 1630