Tilly keen to star at Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games

ON TRACK: Tilly Gurney (16) from Spalding High School will represent England East Midlands in cycling.
ON TRACK: Tilly Gurney (16) from Spalding High School will represent England East Midlands in cycling.
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Tilly Gurney from Spalding will chase high-profile success at the Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games.

She competes in this multi-sport event for school-age athletes from September 3-6 in Manchester.

One of the 1,500 athletes taking part in this year’s Games, 16-year-old Tilly from Spalding High School will represent England East Midlands in cycling.

In total, 12 sports – seven of which include disability disciplines – will be contested at the four-day spectacular which is supported by National 
Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust.

Tilly will be following in the footsteps of some of Britain’s biggest sporting stars including Paralympic champions Hannah Cockroft, Ellie Simmonds and 
Jonnie Peacock, world-record breaking swimmer Adam Peaty, heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson, world junior champion heptathlete and high jumper Morgan Lake and sprinter Adam Gemili who all competed at the School Games before going on to elite success with Team GB and ParalympicsGB.

At the event, Tilly will experience the excitement of competing at the highest level.

She will live within the Athletes’ Village, attend show-stopping opening and closing ceremonies and perform in front of a crowd of thousands at world-class sports facilities in Manchester.

Tilly said: “I am really excited to be part of the East Midlands track team for the second time at the Sainsbury’s School Games.

“I am especially looking forward to the keirin. I got to the final last year, so this year I want to improve my results and earn a medal.”

Alongside the competing athletes there will be 400 young volunteers bringing the Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games to life.

Young reporters will be among the journalists reporting the action and many of the officials and coaches will also be young people.

Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch said: “The Sainsbury’s School Games continue to go from strength to strength and I am pleased to see so many young athletes embracing this fantastic opportunity to showcase their talents. Grassroots sport is where it all starts.”