Rooney rel­ish­ing his Youth Games chance

Halifax Courier - - Sport -

if I came home with a medal, no mat­ter what colour it was. And I think this will prove to be an ex­cit­ing time for Team Eng­land as a whole.

There is a lot of ex­cit­ing young tal­ent and I will no doubt be com­pet­ing with some of the stars of fu­ture Com­mon­wealth Games.”

For­mer World No1 James Will­strop, who has played for Hal­i­fax club Queens in Su­per League, pre­vi­ously com­peted at the Youth Games and of­fers his ad­vice ahead of this year’s trip to Samoa.

“The Com­mon­wealthYouth Games is a big oc­ca­sion. It had this sort of aura about it, be­ing a Com­mon­wealth event and it was run very well and had this real sense of oc­ca­sion for us.

“I have fond mem­o­ries of be­ing there, win­ning a medal and be­ing a Com­mon­wealth cham­pion.

“I will al­ways re­mem­ber it, I am sure it was a big boost for my ca­reer and it’s one of those events that gives you great ex­pe­ri­ence to pre­pare you for the fu­ture.”

The fifth Com­mon­wealth Youth Games will take place in the Samoan cap­i­tal city of Apia from Septem­ber 5-11.

Eng­land has at­tended all pre­vi­ous Com­mon­wealth Youth Games, al­ways fin­ish­ing in the top three na­tions. Around 1,000 ath­letes aged 14-18 will be com­pet­ing for 107 gold medals in nine sports.

Team Eng­land’s trav­el­ling del­e­ga­tion in­cludes 60 ath­letes, rep­re­sent­ing eight sports - archery, ath­let­ics, box­ing, lawn bowls, rugby sev­ens, squash, swimming and weightlift­ing.

Some of Eng­land’s high­est pro­file sports stars have ap­peared at the Com­mon­wealth Youth Games in­clud­ing Jes­sica En­nis-Hill, Beth Twed­dle, Danny Cipri­ani, Zoe Smith, James Will­strop and James DeGale.

Pa­trick Rooney in ac­tion

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