Team NI open their Commonwealth Games account on Friday, July 29th, following this evening’s draw at the tournament site in Birmingham. 5 boxers are one win away from a medal.
The 12 strong team includes 2022 World Champion, Amy Broadhurst and 2022 European silver medallist, Dylan Eagleson, along with three 2018 Gold Coast Games silver medallists, in Carly McNaul and Aidan and Michaela Walsh, now Olympic bronze medallist and Olympian, respectively. Carly and Michaela are now both ranked 5th in the world in their respective weights, following their contesting of the Women’s World Championships
Star ABC’s JP Hale, contesting at 63.5kg, is first between the ropes. He meets Uganda in the Last 32 on Friday. 57kg Jude Gallagher, of Two Castles, is in action on Saturday, also in the last 32, against Swaziland, while Jake Tucker, at 75kg, begins his tournament on Sunday, against Guernsey. Ormeau Rd BC’s Carly McNaul takes on Australian opposition on the same day, in the 50kg last 16.
51kg Clepson Paiva, of Holy Trinity BC, is the only Team NI boxer between the ropes on Monday; he meets Ghana in the last 16. While on Tuesday, 67kg Eugene McKeever contests against Zambia, also in last 16 action. Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist, Aidan Walsh, will meet either Uganda or Lesotho on the same day.
A brace of Team NI boxers in in the ring on August 3rd; Antrim BC’s Nicole Clyde, at 48kg, meets India in her Quarter Final, while Immaculata BC’s Éireann Nugent will meet either England or Nigeria in her QF.
On August 4th, a trio of Team NI boxers begin their tournaments. Emerald BC’s Michaela Walsh, a Tokyo Olympian and World No. 5, takes on Botswana or Malawi in Quarter Final action. 63kg World Champion, St. Bronagh’s Amy Broadhurst, contesting the Games at 60kg, meets Zambia in her QF. 2022 European Silver medallist, Dylan Eagleson, boxes Mozambique in his Quarter Final.
It’s also been confirmed this evening that Michaela Walsh, will be Northern Ireland’s flag bearer at Thursday’s Opening Ceremony. This is Michaela’s 3rd Games and following outings in 2014 and in 2018.
Boxing is Northern Ireland’s most successful sport at the Commonwealths with 61 medals, including 13 golds, 19 silvers and 29 bronze medal bronze.
N.I Commonwealth Team:
48kg Nicole Clyde, Antrim BC
50kg Carly McNaul, Ormeau Rd BC
51kg Clepson Paiva, Holy Trinity BC
54kg Dylan Eagleson, St. Paul’s BC
57kg Michaela Walsh, Emerald BC
57kg Jude Gallagher, Two Castles BC
60kg Amy Broadhurst, St. Bronagh’s BC
63.5kg JP Hale, Star ABC
67kg Eugene McKeever, Holy Family BC, Drogheda
70kg Eireann Nugent, Immaculata BC
71kg Aidan Walsh, Emerald BC
75kg Jake Tucker, Emerald BC
High Performance Director: John Conlan
Head Coach: Damian Kennedy