Teenage Bedford athlete selected for top sporting event

editorial image

Jamie Iwan Lloyd from Bedford has been selected to compete at the 2016 School Games – a national multi-sport event for the UK’s elite young athletesat Loughborough University from September 1.

15-year-old Lloyd who goes to Wootton Academy Trust will represent England Central in cycling.

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

Lloyd 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.

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

At the event, Lloyd will experience the excitement of competing at the highest level. He will live within the Athletes’ Village, attend spectacular opening and closing ceremonies and perform in front of a crowd of thousands.

There is a full education programme for the athletes running throughout the event which aims to give them an insight on life at the very highest level of sporting competition.

Lloyd said: “To be a part of these games is very exciting. I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time.”

Loughborough University will host 11 of the sports at the 2016 School Games as well as providing an Olympic style athletes village, which will give competitors a real flavour of a major multi-sport event.

For the full list of sports visit www.2016schoolgames.com

Tickets are currently on sale for all sport at the 2016 School Games, to book visit www.2016schoolgames.com/tickets