Young swimmer selected for East of England

LOWESTOFT and Oulton Broad Swimming Club member Jessica-Jane Applegate has been selected for the East of England squad to compete in the 2010 Sainsbury's UK School Games.

LOWESTOFT and Oulton Broad Swimming Club member Jessica-Jane Applegate has been selected for the East of England squad to compete in the 2010 Sainsbury's UK School Games.

Applegate, 14, will compete against the UK's school-aged elite in the swimming events being held at the Sunderland Aquatic Centre, from September 2-5.

'It is great that I have been selected to represent the area I am from for this year's Sainsbury's UK School Games in September,' said the Oriel High School student.

'It is the first time I have been chosen and although I am quite nervous, I am also very excited.'


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GB athlete and Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington has a wealth of experience from global multisport events including the Beijing Olympics 2008 and she recognises the fantastic opportunity for young athletes to get a taste of elite competition and everything that comes along with it.

Rebecca said: 'Congratulations to Jessica on being selected to represent England East, swimming in the Sainsbury's UK School Games. It is a fantastic achievement and something which Jessica should feel extremely proud of. I was invited to open the event in 2008 and got the chance to see first-hand the excitement and anticipation of the young athletes for the whole experience.

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The 2010 Sainsbury's UK School Games is the pinnacle sports event for young people competing in the UK and will see 1,600 elite school-aged athletes descend on the North East to participate in four days (September 2-5) of exciting competition across 10 sports.

To find out more about the games or sign up for the Sainsbury's UK School Games volunteer programme visit www.ukschoolgames.com

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