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Province sending 50-strong squad to Games in Delhi

Karl Watson of City of Belfast Archery Club has been selected for the Northern Ireland squad for the Commonwealth Games

Eleven more athletes have been added to the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games squad.

The team now includes championship local cyclists and internationally experienced archers.

Together with the other team members in various sports, they bring the total in the Northern Ireland squad bound for India this autumn to 50.

The Games — from October 3-14 in Delhi, will see some 71 international teams compete in more than 17 sports and four para-sports.

Support for the local team is being received from Sport Northern Ireland.

Martyn Irvine and Adam Armstrong have been added to a strong Northern Ireland cycling team.

Martyn Irvine (SINI) has excelled in road racing, track and time trials over the last number of years.

In the last two seasons Martyn has focussed his efforts as part of the national track team with success in world cup events in the 1km time trial and 4km team pursuit.

Last season he won the prestigious International Tour of the North stage race and finished just outside the medals in the National Road Race Championship.

Commonwealth Games teammate Adam Armstrong has been the dominant force in domestic racing this season.

He cemented his selection with an excellent seventh place in the National Road Race Championship after riding in the front group all day with the seasoned road professionals.

Men's clay pigeon trap shooter Mervyn Morrison will compete in the individual event and partner silver Commonwealth medalist David Beattie in the pairs.

Mervyn was a competitor in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, where he finished in 18th position.

In the Women's clay pigeon event, trap shooter Debbie Bader, who was a finalist in Manchester in 2002, will be competing in individual and pairs events along with Kirsty Barr.

Mark Nesbitt, the golden boy of the Northern Ireland archery scene, qualifies in the gent's team and individual recurve division.

Although only 17 he has made his mark on the world stage in the past, winning both team and individual gold at the Olympic Youth Festival in Australia last year, Junior European and World medals and secured a place for Team GB in the Youth Olympics later this year whilst shooting at the Junior World championship in Utah.

Ian McGibbon, who shoots for Lough Cuan Bowmen from Newtownards, and Karl Watson, who represents the City of Belfast Archery Club, will compete with Mark in the gent's recurve team and separately in the individual class.

Bangor brothers Stuart and Darrel Wilson, along with Robert Hall from Carrickfergus, will take part in the team and individual gent's compound division whilst Emma Parker, who is currently based in England, will compete in the ladies individual compound division.

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