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By COACH RUSSELL, 07/14/17, 12:00PM EDT


Best of luck from everyone to Jack, Rebecca, Rachel and Shannon.
The 4 swimmers will depart this weekend to represent Northern Ireland at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas.

Jack McMillan, Rebecca Reid, Shannon Russell and Rachel Bethel will all compete at the massive summer event, which will see 1300 athletes aged 14 –18 compete in nine sports from July 19 to 22nd.
Seasoned competitor Rachel Bethel has predicted an "amazing Games" in the Bahamas.
“We can't wait to get out and race and compete in the Bahamas," she said.
"I was fortunate enough to have competed in Glasgow in 2014 and in Samoa in 2015 and I know that the Games in the Bahamas will be just amazing.
She competed for Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2014 in Glasgow and was part of the Women’s Freestyle Relay that competed in the final. She was also a finalist at the Youth Games in Samoa in 2015.
Rachel will compete in 200, 400, 800m Freestyle.

Rebecca Reid represented Ireland at EYOF in 2015 and European Junior Championships in 2016 & 2017 reached a semi-final this year (top 16) in 200m IM. She will compete in 50/100/200m Backstroke and 200/400m Individual Medley.

Bangor swimmer Jack McMillan who currently holds the Junior Irish 200m and 400m Freestyle record will compete for NI for the first time and is fresh from competition having represented Ireland at the European Junior Championships in Israel earlier this month.
Jack will compete in the 100m, 200m and 400m Freestyle.

Shannon Russell, who represents Lurgan and trains in Canada, will be representing Northern Ireland for the first time and will compete in the 200/400m Freestyle, 50/100/200m Breaststroke and 200/400m Individual Medley.

Andy Reid, Performance Pathway Manager for Swim Ireland will lead the team in the Bahamas said: “Having led the NI Youth Games swimming team in Samoa 2015 I am excited at the prospect of leading another potentially successful team to in the Bahamas.
"We experienced success in Samoa bringing home four swimming medals and have returned from the recent European Junior Championships with more silverware to bolster belief that we can compete against the best in the world.
"Commonwealth Games always provide our athletes with a high level of competition with teams from Australia, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, England, Scotland and Wales developing some of the fastest swimmers in the world.
"Our athletes are looking forward to being part of a multi-sport event representing Northern Ireland and this is a great opportunity for them to gain experience in preparation for future senior exposure at Commonwealth Games and Olympics.
Linda Stoops is going as Team Manager and is looking forward to seeing them perform at the meet.

"Thanks must go to NICGC for the work they do behind the scenes to ensure our athletes can perform at their best, to Swim Ulster and Swim Ireland for their support of the preparation program and to Sport NI to their continued financial support of swimming in NI.” Swimming