Five athletes from Newtownabbey have been named in the largest ever Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games team.
With little more than six weeks before the action begins in Glasgow, Steven Ward (Boxing), Hannah Willis (Netball), Danielle Hill (Swimming), Christine McMahon (Athletics) and Amanda Mogey (Table Tennis) have been confirmed among the 117-strong squad.
As revealed in the Newtownabbey Times, heavyweight fighter Ward (Monkstown Amateur Boxing Club) will be aiming to go one better than his 2010 silver medal success in Delhi.
Jordanstown’s Hannah Willis is expected to play an integral part in the Northern Ireland netball squad which makes its debut at the Games.
Talented swimmer Danielle Hill, just 14, is among the younger athletes tasting the Commonwealth experience for the first time. The Carnmoney girl is set to compete in the 50m and 100m backstroke and could also feature in the relay events.
Glengormley’s Christine McMahon will take to the track at Hampden Park competing in the 400m hurdles. It’s the Queen’s University student’s second Commonwealth Games, having ran with Katie Kirk in the 4x400 relay in Delhi four years ago.
Last month McMahon, 21, took silver at the British University Championships in a time of 59.23. She then finished fourth at the Loughborough International in a personal best 57.63.
Also on the plane to Glasgow is local table tennis star Amanda Mogey who will compete in the Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles and the Team Event.
Chef de Mission, Robert McVeigh, said: “We’re delighted to be taking our largest ever team to Glasgow, in what is essentially a home Games for Northern Ireland. We have a great mix of youth and experience within the team which is drawn from all parts of Northern Ireland and from all sections of our community.
“As we travelled around with the Queen’s Baton Relay, we received many wonderful welcomes and there was a positive feeling of support for our local athletes and I know they will compete with the best wishes of the pubic and all those involved in sport.”