NI athletes selected in Ireland team for European Games

Aileen Reid
Aileen Reid will compete for Ireland in Triathlon

Several competitors from Northern Ireland are among the first batch of athletes selected to compete for Ireland at the inaugural European Games in Baku in June.

Among the initial confirmed entries is Commonwealth Games silver medallist Michaela Walsh.

Aileen Reid and Russell White will take part in the Triathlon, with Eoin Fleming taking in the judo competition.

Another Glasgow 2014 competitor, Danielle Hill, is among the swimmers.

Rachel Bethel, Mona McSharry, Emma Reid and James Brown will also be in action in the pool.

Donegal quartet Chloe Magee, Josh Magee, Sam Magee and Rachel Darragh will represent the Irish team in badminton.

Among the other athletes selected by the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) are Olympic champion Katie Taylor, Derek Burnett and Scott Evans.

The OCI expects to eventually field a squad of over 60 athletes to compete in 13 sports at the Games, with selections in men's boxing, cycling, canoeing and gymnastics still to come.

They will join over 6,000 athletes from 50 European nations in the chase for medal success, with many of the sports offering Olympic qualification possibilities for Rio 2016.

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