Rooney relishing his Youth Games chance
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