Amy Foster will run 200m for Ireland in Euro Team event

Amy Foster
Amy Foster will run the 200m and relay in Turkey

Amy Foster is among the Northern Irish contingent named on the Ireland team for the European Team Championship meeting in Izmirexternal-link later this month.

The selections of Ciara Mageean (1500m) and Jason Smyth (100m) were expected while Foster is awarded the 200m spot ahead of Niamh Whelan and Clare Brady.

Foster will also be part of the 4x100m squad chasing the Olympic standard.

Ulster triple jumpers Mary McLoone and Alan Kennedy are also selected as is Letterkenny's Darren McBrearty (800m).

Overall, the Ireland selectors have been able to name a strong team for the 18/19 June event with Smyth and David Gillick (400m) both returning to Europe from their American training base.

The presence of Derval O'Rourke (100H), Paul Hession (200m), Ailis McSweeney (100m), Roseanne Galligan (800m), Mary Cullen (3000m), Ciaran O'Lionaird (3000m), Stephanie O'Reilly (steeplechase), Fionnuala Britton (5000m), Deirdre Ryan and Tori Pena (pole vault) should also ensure that the Irish are able to maintain their position in the First league.

Ireland finished eighth in last year's event - which is now a combined men's and women's competition - and the presence of so many major championship regulars should ensure that the Irish avoid relegation.

David Gillick
David Gillick will return from America to run for Ireland in Turkey

Foster will be joined by McSweeney, Brady, Whelan and Derval O'Rourke in the 4x100m relay squad.

Smyth and Gillick will both be in action in Florida this weekend.

The duo, who are both part of Lance Brauman's group of athletes, are competing in the Star Athletics Last Chance meeting at their home track in Clermont.

Smyth clocked a new Northern Ireland record of 10.22 on the same track two weeks ago.

That cut .10secs off his previous Northern Ireland mark.

The Eglinton man is hoping to better the Olympic and World Championship standard of 10.18 in the coming weeks so that he can achieve his dream of competing at both the Olympics and Paralympics in London next year.