A teenage swimmer from Alfreton is hoping to follow in the slipstream of world champion Adam Peaty and Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds after being chosen to compete in the most prestigious school sport event of the year.
Imogen Clark, 16, will chase high-profile success at the Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games, to be held in Manchester next week, from September 3 to 6.
She will be one of 1,600 athletes from across the country taking part in the multi-sport event, and is following in the footsteps of swimming stars Peaty and Simmonds, who both competed at the School Games before going on to elite success.
Imogen, who goes to Chesterfield College, will represent England Central in the swimming competition. 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.
Imogen will not only experience the excitement of competing at the highest level. She will also 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.
She said: “I’m very proud to be representing England Central at the Games because it proves that my training and hard work are paying off.”
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. It’s where the coaches and sports teachers mould our future stars, inspiring generations to get involved and be the best that they can.”