Dundalk athlete Kate O’Connor nominated for selection for 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia

Dundalk athlete Kate O’Connor nominated for selection for 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia

Dundalk athlete Kate O’Connor is among 15 athletes being nominated for selection for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

The 16-year-old St Gerard’s AC member has had a super year on the athletic front finishing in third place in her first senior international for Ireland in Monzon, Spain. She also set three new national youth records this year in heptathlon, long jump and javelin as well as holding the world youth lead in heptathlon with a score of 5759 points.

The athletics governing body plans to forward her nomination to the NI Commonwealth Games Council this week.

The nominees need to be ratified by the Commonwealth Games body in January.

With the Games Council having to select athletes in other sports for the trip to Australia, there were initial suggestions that as few as eight track and field performers might be ratified.

It is unlikely all 15 on the list will be heading to the Gold Coast, but a double figures representation is now anticipated.

Athletics Northern Ireland officials met on Sunday to decide on their nominations which included adjudicating on the nominations order.

Kate, who is a student in St Vincent’s Secondary School, is third in the list behind European Championship 1,500m bronze medallist in 2016, Ciara Mageean and hammer thrower Dempsey McGuigan.

The full list is as follows:

Athletics Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games provisional nominees
1. Ciara Mageean 1500m
2. Dempsey McGuigan Hammer
3. Kate O’Connor Heptathlon
4. Sommer Lecky High jump
5. Adam Kirk-Smith 3,000m steeplechase
6. Leon Reid 200m
7. Ben Reynolds 110m hurdles
8. Adam McMullen Long jump
9. Emma Mitchell 10,000m
10. Paul Pollock Marathon
11. Kevin Seaward Marathon
12. Kerry O’Flaherty 3,000m steeplechase
13. Amy Foster 100m
14. Mollie Courtney 100m hurdles
15. Laura Graham Marathon

 

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