IN FOCUS: Who’s who in Team NI athletics squad

NI Games Commissioner, Robert McVeigh with 400m hurdler, Jason Harvey
NI Games Commissioner, Robert McVeigh with 400m hurdler, Jason Harvey

The Athletics team contains a mixture of experienced Commonwealth performers,record breakers and debutants

Zoe Brown Pole Vault the 30 year old is in her 4th Games having started at Gymnastics. She ranks 2nd in Commonwealth with her Northern Ireland record of 4.40 mother and Father stars at Squash and Soccer.

A genuine medal hope.

Amy Foster 100m and possibly 200. Another record breaker with 11.40 for 100m and has gone faster with marginal wind. An experienced big games performer with Eoropeans and World Universities to her credit. Should progress.

Gladys Ganiel Marathon Has clocked 2:39:26 for the 26 miles and can claim a top ten finish. Winner of the Edinburgh Half Marathon and double N.I. Cross Country Champion

Peter Glass Decathlon and Relay. His 7510 points total when winning the Scottish title last season could place him in the top finishers. Also a great Hurdler and Long Jumper.

Jason Harvey 400 Hurdles and Relay

Has run 50.13 for his event when taking Irish Silver last year. Has been N.I. Champion at 200 running 21.87 in America. Can make the Final in under 50

Katie Kirk 800 m. The 20 year old is in her second Commonwealths. She won the England U23 title and has a best of 2:02.78 she is very competitive and can go close to 2 minutes and make the final. Coached by her father,former Commonwealth runner Mark.

Dempsey McGuigan Hammer the 20 year old has a best of 66.62 set in America. He won the Irish U23 title and was last years N.I. Champion

Christine McMahon 400 Hurdles Also in her second games. Her 56.97 in Belgium marks her out as a possible final list. Has also taken indoor 400 titles.

Daniel Mooney 1500 m the double Northern Ireland Champion has continually improved his time running 3:42.11 in Watford. Has also broken 1 minute 50 for 800m

Kerry O’Flaherty 3000 m Steeplechase Should have been selected for last Games. The Northern Ireland record holder for 3000,5000 and Steeplechase has a time of 9:52.94 and is a definite Finals hope. We C

Paul Pollock 10,000 m Is also qualified for Eoropeans Marathon. His 28:32.18 in America is only a fraction outside Dermot Donnelly’s record. He was second European in the World Marathon and can be among the leading home runners here.

Leon Reid 200m,Relay and poss 100 m The European Junior Silver Medallist and former English Schools Champion is a great addition to the team and could make the 200 Final Has best of 20.62 The 100 will set him up for the 200

Ben Reynolds 110 Hurdles and Relay Set the N.I. Record of 13.49 at the Belfast International last year. Won the European team in 2013. The four times Champion can definitely make the Final

Jason Smyth 100and Relay the multi Paralympic Gold Medallist at 100 and 200 has bests of 10.22 and 20.94 He competed in the last Europeans and is the reigning N.I. Champion at 100