Mayor wishes Borough’s athletes well for Commonwealth Games

Monday 5 March 2018

The Mayor for Mid and East Antrim is wishing the borough’s athletes, coaches and support staff well, ahead of the 21st Commonwealth Games taking place next month in Australia’s Gold Coast.

Athletes from Mid and East Antrim Borough pictured with Mayor Cllr Paul Reid

Sporting stars from the worlds of boxing, cycling, lawn bowls, shooting and weightlifting will compete down under from 4-15 April 2018.

Council has also funded £5,000 to Team NI to help support the athletes in their Gold Coast campaign. There are 15 individuals from the borough travelling to Australia, one of the best represented council areas in Northern Ireland. 

88 athletes have been named to represent Northern Ireland. TeamNI will compete in thirteen sports during the 278 competition sessions of the eleven day programme. 

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Cllr Paul Reid said: “I want to wish all those travelling to Australia and competing in the Games the best of luck. We are fortunate in Mid and East Antrim to have such a wealth of sporting talent competing and winning on the world stage. Council values the important role that sport plays within our community we consistently promote and develop all types of sporting and fitness activities. I hope that our communities across the borough will get behind these ambitious athletes and share their pride as they go for gold at Gold Coast.”

The NI athletes will be joined by sport specific coaches, medical personnel, support staff and a headquarters team bringing the size of the travelling party to 134, the largest Northern Ireland team to ever attend a Commonwealth Games in Australia.

The Games have been billed by GOLDOC as the most inclusive ever and, for the first time at a global multi-sport Games, there is medal equity with an equal number available for men and women.

Northern Ireland Chef de Mission, Robert McVeigh, said: “It’s a great privilege to lead the Northern Ireland team to Australia in April. It’s also an honour for each of our athletes, coaches and support personnel who have all been working extremely hard with a focus on Gold Coast. The Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council has been engaging with member governing bodies and SportNI over the last two years to ensure that the team reflects all that is good within local sport. We will continue to work within the wider team to ensure that each athlete is provided with a suitable environment so they can perform to their best.” 

Follow TeamNI on their journey to and at the XXI Commonwealth Games on the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Facebook page and on Twitter @GoTeamNI #TEAMNI