Brilliant Emma Reid sets new record at European Games
Emma Reid rose to the occasion at the European Games in Baku yesterday when she broke the 2011 100m butterfly Irish junior record of Olympian Sycerika McMahon.
Reid, from Ards, broke her personal best (1:02.53) and McMahon's record (1:02.05) when she clocked 1:01.97 in the 100m butterfly semi-finals, just missing out on the final by 0.37.
Not only was it a superb new record but also qualified the 16-year-old for the World junior swimming championships in Singapore - and it was also the ideal way to celebrate being picked for the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa in September.
Reid was also part of the Irish quartet, which included Larne's Danielle Hill and Lisburn's Rachel Bethel as well as Mona McSharry who set a new Irish junior record in the 4x100m medley relay, clocking 4:03.22 to finish sixth. Russia dominated the event setting a new World Junior Record and took Gold in 4:03.22.
All three Ulster girls will be part of the Northern Ireland swimming team heading to Samoa, following the announcement of the Games team, which will see the country represented by 17 athletes. The other swimmers are Conor Ferguson and James Brown.
Two long jumpers will be travelling with the team. City of Lisburn's Ben Fisher and Ballymena and Antrim's Lydia Mills will be hoping to leap their way to success while Fisher is also eyeing the 110m hurdles.
Newry's Oisin O'Callaghan will race over 800m.
World U25 Indoor Bowls Champion Chloe Watson will team up with Lisburn's Stephen Kirkwood as they attempt to emulate their elders who have picked up medals at every senior Commonwealth Games since 1982.
Squash will be represented by Bangor Aurora's Stephen Hearst and Ellie McVeigh from Belfast Boat Club who, similar to bowls, will compete in singles and a mixed doubles competition.