With just over 400 days to go until the XX Commonwealth Games, the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council (NICGC) has kick started the campaign to Glasgow 2014 with the announcement of the coaching team that will lead the charge into the games next year. The press conference was held at the Lagan Valley LeisurePlex in Lisburn, the 2013 European City of Sport. The launch was well attended by coaches, support staff, representatives from NICGC member sport governing bodies, team sponsors SSE/Airtricity. Among the guests present were Alderman William Leathem (Mayor of Lisburn), Cllr Thomas Beckett (Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Leisure Services Committee) Mr Brian Henning (Chair of SportNI), Mr Nick Harkness (Acting Chief Executive of Sport Northern Ireland), Mr Shaun Ogle (Executive Director, SINI) and Mr David Manning (Director or Corporate Affairs at SSE/Airtricity).

Mayor Leathem commended the work of the coaches and reiterated the significance of their job, believing that: “Good quality coaches provide the backbone for developing, sustaining and increasing participation in sport and play a paramount role in enhancing health and quality of life in individuals and the community and with Lisburn being a designated European City of Sport for 2013, it provided a great opportunity to meet the too often unsung heroes in sport.”

The coaches will help prepare, develop and motivate athletes representing Northern Ireland next year across a range of 14 sports. Their skills will be put to the test as they help local athletes to attain international medal success at Glasgow 2014.

Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Chair Robert McVeigh thanked Lisburn City Council for its hospitality and Airtricity for their support of the Northern Ireland team, adding: “I look forward to collaborating with Sport Northern Ireland, SINI and the sport’s governing bodies to ensure that our athletes can achieve their best performances.”

Brian Henning congratulated the coaches on their appointment and wished the NICGC every success for 2014 as they present the team under very unique circumstances at a multi-sport Games; “I am very committed to seeing the Commonwealth Games succeed and look forward to supporting the Council in every way we can.”

As the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council prepare for the road ahead, make sure to check out the newly updated website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube for all the latest news, updates and information.

Coaching Team for Glasgow 2014:

  • Aquatics – Andrew Reid
  • Athletics – Jackie McKernan
  • Badminton – Tom Causer
  • Boxing – Stephen Friel
  • Cycling – Ryan Connor
  • Gymnastics – Kim Kensett-Friar
  • Judo – Ciaran Ward
  • Lawn Bowls (W) – Sally McGarel
  • Lawn Bowls (M) – Jim Baker
  • Netball – TBD
  • Shooting – Martin Mace
  • Squash – Graeme Stewart
  • Table Tennis- TBC
  • Triathlon – Tommy Evans
  • Wrestling – John O’Rawe

Note to Editors:

  1. The Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council (NICGC) is the lead body for Commonwealth Sport in Northern Ireland. The council is representative of those sports recognised by the Commonwealth Games Federation. We currently have 17 affiliated sports which elect a nine person Board. The NICGC is primarily tasked with presenting a team at both the Commonwealth Games and the Commonwealth Youth Games. These are the only opportunities available for athletes to compete in a multi-sport event representing Northern Ireland.
  2. The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving 71 teams of athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and takes place every four years. Glasgow 2014 will be the 20th Commonwealth Games and will be held from 23 July to 3 August. It will feature 17 sports in 11 days of competition with 261 medal events on show. The Games will play host to 4500 athletes and sell 1,000,000 tickets with the event aided by an army of up to 15,000 local volunteers. Glasgow 2014 Ltd is the official name for the Organising Committee tasked with delivering the Games in partnership with the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Commonwealth Games Scotland.
  3. For further information please contact Conal Heatley, NICGC Executive Officer on 028 9038 3815, mobile 07787 414776 or email: conal.heatley@nicgc.org