ELLIE RUSSELL from Dalkeith has been selected to compete at the 2016 School Games – a national multi-sport event for the UK’s elite young athletes – taking place at Loughborough University from 1-4 September.
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14-year-old Russell who goes to Newbattle Community High School will represent Scotland in Gymnastics.
1,600 athletes will compete across 12 sports at the event, seven of which include disability disciplines. The four-day spectacular is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust.
Russell, who trains at West Lothian Artistic Gymnastics Club, will be following in the footsteps of some of Britain’s biggest sporting stars who have competed at the event before going on to senior international success.
Previous competitors include Olympic gold medallist and world-record breaking swimmer Adam Peaty, Paralympic champions Hannah Cockroft, Ellie Simmonds and Jonnie Peacock, heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson and GB sprinter Adam Gemili.
At the event, Russell will experience the excitement of competing at the highest level. She will live within the Athletes’ Village, attend spectacular opening and closing ceremonies and perform in front of a crowd of thousands.
There is a full education programme for the athletes running throughout the event which aims to give them an insight on life at the very highest level of sporting competition.
Russell said: “I’m very proud to represent Scotland and excited to compete against the very best from around the UK”
The 1,600 athletes will be supported by 400 volunteers, many of which will be young people. Young reporters will be among the journalists reporting the action and many of the officials and coaches will also be young people.
Loughborough University will host 11 of the sports at the 2016 School Games as well as providing an Olympic style athletes village, which will give competitors a real flavour of a major multi-sport event.
For the full list of sports visit http://www.2016schoolgames.com/Tickets are currently on sale for all sport at the 2016 School Games. To book visit www.2016schoolgames.com/tickets
The 2016 School Games are supported by a range of partners including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sport England, the Youth Sport Trust, Department of Health, British Paralympic Association and Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport.