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Martyn Irvine Official Flag Bearer at CWG

Top cyclist Martyn Irvine has been selected as the official flag bearer forĀ  Team Northern Ireland at Wednesday's opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014.

Irvine (29) from Co. Down is a bronze medallist from the 2010 Commonwealth Games (Delhi) in the Team Pursuit and represented Ireland in the 2012 Olympics in London. 2013 was a phenomenal year for the United Healthcare Pro Cycling team member winning Gold in the UCI World Track Championships Scratch race.

Irvine had a tough year though following this as he broke his femur shortly after the World Championships. He worked hard to get back to full fitness and took bronze in the European Track Championships later that year as well as winning the World Cup, winning Ireland's first gold medal in a World cup event for nearly two decades. He started off 2014 by winning silver in the UCI World Track Championships in February.

He will take part in three events in Glasgow, the 20K Scratch and 40K Points race this weekend and then the Road Race on Friday 1st August.

Martyn commented:
"I'm honoured to be considered as flag bearer considering there are a lot of other athletes in the team with bigger CVs than I have. There are little chances to represent Northern Ireland in my lifetime, possibly eight to nine and so to do so in Glasgow so close to home in front of friends and family is a real honour".

The flag bearer is an important role and this was carried out by Mark Montgomery in the 2010 Commonwealth Games when he was competing in Wrestling. He returns to Glasgow competing in Judo. The only other cyclist to have the honour of carrying the flag for Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games was Morris Foster MBE.

Chef de Mission Robert McVeigh said:
"We are delighted to appoint Martyn as official flag bearer as he epitomisesthe spirit of Team Northern Ireland by exhibiting qualities of commitment and integrity. He has demonstrated an ability to galvanise all our sports into one team.

The Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, which is due to begin at Celtic Park at 8pm on Wednesday, will potentially have a global audience of 1.5 billion, according to Glasgow 2014 organisers. Rod Stewart and Susan Boyle are some of the performers lined up to entertain.

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  1. Very good report…are there any photographs?

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