White, Kerr and Edgar Selected for Gold Coast 2018

Russell White Bike

Russell White, David Kerr and James Edgar have been officially selected to represent Northern Ireland at this year's Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast in Australia.

The trio will take to the water in the Elite and Paratriathlon PTWC races, which will be held on Thursday April 5th at Southport Broadwater Parklands.

White: 'Truly Honoured'

This will be Russell White's second Commonwealth Games appearance. He finished 23rd in Glasgow four years ago aged just 21 but in the years since then has gone on to be one of the most consistent performers on the World Series circuit and is Ireland's highest ranked athlete.

White said he is 'truly honoured' to be selected to represent Northern Ireland for a second time.

"It's the only opportunity in triathlon to compete for Northern Ireland and that makes it a little bit more special."

White's qualification was not in doubt, however he said today's announcement was special: "Although I made automatic (qualification) criteria, anything can happen and being officially announced today has made it feel very real and exciting."

White is due to head shortly to Arizona to prepare for the games and the season ahead which will see him race at triathlon's highest level in the ITU World Series.

David Kerr Rottedam GF 2017

David Kerr

David Kerr will be Northern Ireland's sole paratriathlete at the Games and will compete in the PTWC class. Having come to the sport only recently, Kerr has already notched up some fast improving results, culminating with a 4th place at the Open race of the ITU Grand Final in Rotterdam last September.

Edgar's First Games

Making the trip alongside White and Kerr will be James Edgar. Following a lay off, the former sprint national champion made his return to international triathlon with a superb 7th place at the always competitive Holten Junior European Cup last summer.