BOOTH NAMED AS FLAG BEARER FOR CLOSING CEREMONY 2 August 2014
Silver medal winner Neil Booth will be Northern Ireland's flag bearer at today's closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.
The Randalstown man won a silver medal in the Men’s Triples along with teammates Paul Daly and Neil Mulholland when they played against South Africa in the Lawn Bowls final.
Booth has already a number of medals to his name; a gold in Kuala Lumpar, bronze in Manchester and silver in Melbourne.
Chef de Mission Robert McVeigh said "Neil has had a great career winning four medals in five Commonwealth Games. He is a respected member of Team NI and many athletes value the experience he brings. We look forward to attending the Closing Ceremony and celebrating the success of the Games with the organisers”.
Northern Ireland won 12 medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow taking nine in boxing- two gold, two silver and five bronze, two in bowls with silver in the Men’s Triples and bronze in Women’s Pairs while Lisa Kearney took bronze in Judo on Day 1.
DAY 10 - DAILY GAMES REPORT 2 August 2014
DAY 9 - DAILY GAMES REPORT 1 August 2014
DAY 8 - DAILY GAMES REPORT 31 July 2014
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DAY 3 - DAILY GAMES REPORT 26 July 2014
DAY 2 - DAILY GAMES REPORT 25 July 2014
DAY 1 - KEARNEY WINS NORTHERN IRELAND'S FIRST MEDAL 24 July 2014
On day one of competition, Lisa Kearney (-52kg) won Northern Ireland's first medal at the XX Commonwealth Games. She defeated Canadian Audree Francis-Methot. The last time the team won a medal in Judo was in 2002 when Lisa Bradley captured the silver in the same weight category.
MARTYN IRVINE SELECTED AS FLAG BEARER FOR TEAM NORTHERN IRELAND 23 July 2014
Top cyclist Martyn Irvine has been selected as the official flag bearer for Team Northern Ireland at Wednesday's opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014.
Irvine (29) from Co. Down is a bronze medallist from the 2010 Commonwealth Games (Delhi) in the Team Pursuit and represented Ireland in the 2012 Olympics in London.
2013 was a phenomenal year for the United Healthcare Pro Cycling team member winning Gold in the UCI World Track Championships Scratch race.
Irvine had a tough year though following this as he broke his femur shortly after the World Championships. He worked hard to get back to full fitness and took bronze in the European Track Championships later that year as well as winning the World Cup, winning Ireland's first gold medal in a World cup event for nearly two decades. He started off 2014 by winning silver in the UCI World Track Championships in February.
He will take part in three events in Glasgow, the 20K Scratch and 40K Points race this weekend and then the Road Race on Friday 1st August.
“I’m honoured to be considered as flag bearer considering there are a lot of other athletes in the team with bigger CVs than I have. There are little chances to represent Northern Ireland in my lifetime, possibly eight to nine and so to do so in Glasgow so close to home in front of friends and family is a real honour”.
The flag bearer is an important role and this was carried out by Mark Montgomery in the 2010 Commonwealth Games when he was competing in Wrestling. He returns to Glasgow competing in Judo. The only other cyclist to have the honour of carrying the flag for Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games was Morris Foster MBE.
Chef de Mission Robert McVeigh said:
“We are delighted to appoint Martyn as official flag bearer as he epitomises the spirit of Team Northern Ireland by exhibiting qualities of commitment and integrity. He has demonstrated an ability to galvanise all our sports into one team.
The Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, which is due to begin at Celtic Park at 8pm on Wednesday, will potentially have a global audience of 1.5 billion, according to Glasgow 2014 organisers. Rod Stewart and Susan Boyle are some of the performers lined up to entertain.