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Northern Ireland taste medal success

Wendy Houvenaghel of Northern Ireland in action in the Women's cycling 3000m individual pursuit in Delhi
Wendy Houvenaghel of Northern Ireland in action in the Commonwealth Games

By Josh, 13 and Gareth, 14
From Lurgan Junior High School, County Armagh

School Reporters Gareth and Josh
School Reporters Gareth and Josh have reported on the action in Delhi

The much-anticipated 19th Commonwealth Games have arrived in Delhi and the excitement is buzzing as India hosts the Games for the first time.

School Reporters from Lurgan Junior High School in County Armagh have been following Northern Ireland's progress in a variety of sports as the country's athletes and competitors continue to impress by picking up medals.

DAY 11 - MON 14 OCTOBER

Paddy Barnes, Paddy Gallagher and Eamonn O'Kane all picked up gold medals in the boxing ring, while Tommy McCarthy and Steven Ward had to settle for silver. These have been the first boxing gold medals Northern Ireland have won since Neil Sinclair in 1994.

Two shooters, Matthew Hall and David Calvert won bronze medals and to cap off an impressive haul, Gary Kelly collected a bronze medal in men's singles bowling.

We are very proud of our athletes and are looking forward to their homecoming.

DAY 8 - MON 11 OCTOBER

The Northern Ireland team claimed their first medal of the Games by winning the bronze medal in the 4000m cycling team pursuit.

Wendy Houvenaghel shows of her Commonwealth Games silver medal
Wendy Houvenaghel shows of her Commonwealth Games silver medal

This was followed on day five of the Games by cyclist Wendy Houvenaghel who won the silver medal in the Women"s Individual Pursuit. This medal is the highest award that Northern Ireland has ever achieved in cycling.

The boxing team are also well placed with 5 medals secured. Paddy Barnes, Paddy Gallagher, Tommy McCarthy, Eamonn O'Kane and Steven Ward all had semi-final victories and will be boxing for gold on Wednesday.

DAY 2 - TUES 5 OCTOBER

The much-anticipated 19th Commonwealth Games have arrived in Delhi and the excitement is building as India hosts the Games for the first time.

The opening ceremony took place on Sunday 3 October, with many senior political and sporting figures in attendance, including the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jacques Rogge.

Many athletes are currently settling in to the Games village, including the Northern Ireland team, who jetted off to Delhi from George Best Airport on 27 September.

Northern Ireland's team attend the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony
Mark Montgomery was given the honour of carrying the Northern Ireland flag at the opening ceremony

Competitors were upbeat about their medal hopes with a number of high-profile athletes having had a successful summer ahead of the games.

The most successful athlete in the team, four-time shooting gold medallist David Calvert, won the Queen's Prize at Bisley in July.

Madeline Perry won the Australian Open squash tournament beating the world number two in the final. She is currently sixth in the world rankings.

And the Olympic bronze medal winner in Beijing, Paddy Barnes, was recently crowned European amateur boxing champion when he won the gold medal at light-flyweight in Moscow. Hopes are high that he will bring home a Commonwealth gold medal.

Northern Ireland have taken part in every edition of the games bar 1950 and have had medal success at each and every one.

With all the controversy surrounding the Games, most notably the poor accommodation, let's hope that India can pull of a memorable Commonwealth Games that we will remember for some time to come and not one overshadowed by some of these shortcomings.

Finally, let's hope that the Northern Ireland athletes will do their country proud and bring some medals home in the process!



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