TAL­ENTED SWIM­MER MAK­ING BIG WAVES IN GAMES

TEENAGER CHO­SEN TO TAKE PART IN SCHOOLS GAMES WILL FOL­LOW IN THE FOOT­STEPS OF SOME OF GB’S BIG­GEST STARS

Hayes & Harlington Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

A TAL­ENTED teenage ath­lete has been cho­sen to com­pete in a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Swim­mer Jemima Hall from North­wood has been se­lected to be part of the squad at the 2017 School Games Na­tional Fi­nals.

The School Games are an in­te­grated multi-sport event for the UK’s most tal­ented school-age ath­letes and will take place at Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity from Au­gust 31 to Septem­ber 3.

15-year-old Jemima, who is a stu­dent at the St Cle­ment Danes in Chor­ley­wood and is a mem­ber of the Hilling­don Swim­ming Club, will com­pete for the Eng­land East squad in the Swim­ming. She al­ready has an im­pres­sive record of suc­cess: Jemima ranks in the top 10 for her age group in 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle.

Around 1,600 ath­letes will com­pete across 12 sports at the School Games, seven of which in­clude dis- abil­ity dis­ci­plines. The four-day event is sup­ported by Na­tional Lot­tery fund­ing from Sport Eng­land and de­liv­ered by the Youth Sport Trust.

Jemima will be hop­ing to fol­low in the foot­steps of some of Bri­tain’s big­gest sport­ing stars who have com­peted at the School Games be­fore go­ing on to se­nior in­ter­na­tional suc­cess.

Pre­vi­ous com­peti­tors in­clude Par­a­lympic cham­pi­ons Han­nah Cock­roft, El­lie Sim­monds and Jon­nie Pea­cock, Olympic cham­pion Adam Peaty, hep­tath­lete Kata­rina John­son-Thomp­son and GB sprinter Adam Gemili.

The School Games are the spring­board for fu­ture ath­letes: 56 of the 382 ath­letes rep­re­sent­ing Team GB at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio com­peted at the School Games.

At the event Jemima will ex­pe­ri­ence the ex­cite­ment of com­pet­ing at the high­est level. She will live in a ded­i­cated Ath­letes’ Vil­lage on the Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity cam­pus, take part in an Open­ing Cer­e­mony and per­form in front of huge crowds of spec­ta­tors.

Ali Oliver, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Youth Sport Trust said: “The School Games Na­tional Fi­nals pro­vide a great op­por­tu­nity for tal­ented young ath­letes like Jemima.

“Com­peti­tors get a real taste of what it’s like to be part of a world-class sport­ing event at the amaz­ing sport­ing venues of Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity, and the event is a great way to see our fu­ture sport­ing cham­pi­ons in ac­tion to­day.”

Tick­ets for the event are avail­able at /www.tick­et­source.co. uk/2017school­games.

Com­peti­tors get a real taste of what it’s like to be part of a world-class sport­ing event Ali Oliver, CEO of the Youth Sport Trust

Jemima Hall

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