Young athletes to follow footsteps of Olympians at School Games National Finals

Athlete Mentors supporting School Games National Finals athletes

Athlete mentors supporting School Games National Finals athletes. - Credit: Youth Sport Trust

Young athletes from across Torbay and South Devon are among 25 from Devon selected to compete at the 2021 School Games National Finals.

The major multi-sport event for young athletes across the country is taking place at Loughborough University from today until Sunday, September 2 to 5.

The School Games National Finals will be the first multi-sport event for young athletes following the lifting of lockdown restrictions and will celebrate the athletes’ achievements in working hard to maintain training and motivation over the last year-and-a-half of restrictions.

More than 1,300 athletes will compete across ten sports at the School Games, four of which include disability disciplines.

The event will give many young people, across a variety of different sports, an experience of high-level competition in a multi-sport environment similar to an Olympic or Paralympic Games.

The 25 young athletes 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.

Those taking part include netball player Lily Rutland, aged 14, from Torquay; BMX rider Megan Kirby, 16, from Paignton and netball player Izzy Baker, 15, of Paignton.

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Also taking part is netball player Sophie Lock, 13, from Newton Abbot. Daniel Smith, 18, form Newton Abbot, will compete in the wheelchair basketball, while Owen Sutton, 17, also from Newton Abbot, will compete in the hockey.

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

“Competitors get a real taste of what it’s like to be part of a multi-sport world-class sporting event. Given the competitors have endured a tough challenge to maintain their training and motivation over the last year, it’s fantastic to see them back! We are so excited to celebrate the athletes’ incredible achievements during a weekend of sport.”

The 2021 School Games National Finals is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and is delivered by the Youth Sport Trust.