Gold Coast Commonwealth Games dress rehearsal underway
With just one year to go before the start of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast, the still to be selected Northern Ireland team is already in the running to be the best dressed.
The 365-day countdown began with an event hosted yesterday by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council at Lagan Valley Island and an announcement that Kukri Sports will act as official sportswear supplier to TeamNI.
It is anticipated that approximately 80 athletes will travel to take part in 14 different sports, supported by approximately 40 coaches, medical staff and team management.
Northern Ireland's team selection will not be confirmed until January 2018 with contenders spending the next nine months targeting nomination times and results within specified tournaments.
Speaking at the event, Robert McVeigh, Chef De Mission for Team Northern Ireland, said: "A year may seem like a long time for many members of the public but the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 are very much in the sights of our athletes, coaches and support staff. Indeed, we are already more than a year into our planning phase."
The kit deal forms part of that and Terry Jackson, general manager for Kukri Ireland, commented: "We are honoured and delighted to be named as the Official Apparel Partner to the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games team heading to the Gold Coast in 2018.
"Our experience in providing quality high performance sportswear to teams in multi-sport events combined with the dedicated athletes and coaching staff of TeamNI is a great partnership and cements our vision to become the number one Multisport brand in Northern Ireland."