Team Ireland Athletes Inaugural European Games in Baku 2015
The Olympic Council of Ireland and Swim Ireland as well as the National Federations of Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Judo, Karate, Shooting, Triathlon and Wrestling are today announcing the first group of athletes selected for the first ever European Games to be held in Baku from the 12th -28th June 2015.
12 Irish swimmers and 1 diver will join over 6,000 athletes from the 50 National Olympic Committees of Europe to compete in 20 sports over 17 consecutive days at Baku 2015.
The inaugural games will consist of 16 Olympic sports, and four non-Olympic sports.
Named today representing Swim Ireland were Natasha MacManus for Diving and Rory McEvoy, Rachel Bethel, Mona McSharry, Iseult Hayes, Danielle Hill, Niamh Kilgallen, Emma Reid, Andrew Moore, James Brown, Alan Corby, Benjamin Doyle and Katie Baguley for swimming.
Irish viewers will be able to watch the Baku 2015 Games on Setanta Sport – eight hours per day, as well as daily highlights.
Chef de Mission Dermot Henihan said “We are very pleased to announce the first group of athletes selected to represent Ireland in Baku 2015.We have been working very closely with each sport to ensure athletes have the best possible support and preparation for Baku”
He added, “The final team will have in the region of 63 athletes from 13 sports; it is great to see such a large number of sports achieving qualification. We must now hope that all will achieve their best performances in Baku and who knows – we may have a few athletes on the podium.”
Mr. Pat Hickey, President of the Olympic Committees and Olympic Council of Ireland President, said:
“We are delighted that our best athletes will get the chance to inspire future athletes and Irish Olympians across the 17 days of competition. The Inaugural European Games in Baku is a great addition to the European and Irish Sports Calendar and will officially mark the start of an exciting few years for European and Irish Sport”
Athletes selected are as follows:
Sinead Cuthbert Cunningham Women’s Individual
Darren Wallace Men’s Individual
Rory McEvoy 50m, 100m, 200m Backstroke
Mona McSharry 50m, 100m, 200m Breaststroke, 50m Freestyle
Rachel Bethel 50m, 100m, 200m Freestyle
Danielle Hill 50m, 100, 200m Backstroke, 50m Butterfly, 50m, 200m Freestyle
Emma Reid 50m, 100m, 200m Butterfly
Andrew Moore 50m, 100m, 200m Breaststroke, 200m, 400m Individual Medley
James Brown 50m, 100m, 200m Butterfly, 200m, 400m Individual Medley
Benjamin Doyle 50m, 100m Butterfly, 200m, 400m Individual Medley
Alan Corby 50m, 100m, 200m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke, 100m Butterfly, 200m Individual Medley
Niamh Kilgallen 50m, 100m, 200m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly
Kate Baguley 400m, 800m, 1500m Freestyle, 400m Individual Medley
Iseult Hayes 50m, 100m Backstroke, 50m, 100m Freestyle
Natasha MacManus 1m, 3m Women’s Platform Diving
Chloe Magee Ladies Singles, Mixed Doubles
Josh Magee Men’s Doubles
Rachel Darragh Ladies Doubles
Sarah Boyle Ladies Doubles
Scott Evans Men’s Singles
Sam Magee Mixed Doubles & Men’s Doubles
Katie Taylor Women’s 60Kg
Michaela Walsh Women’s 54Kg
Ceire Smith Women’s 51Kg
Eoin Fleming Men’s 73kg
Karen Dolphin Women’s Kata
Derek Burnett Shotgun Trap
Aileen Reid Women’s Triathlon
Russell White Men’s Triathlon
Aaron O’Brien Men’s Triathlon
Alex Dolly Men’s Freestyle 84kg
Soslan Tuaev Men’s Freestyle 74kg
Further announcements will be made shortly in Boxing, Canoeing, Cycling, Gymnastics.