Your online local sport by Millar Stoddart

Grammar pupil set to feature at 2018 School Games

Fleetwood will participate in the ambulant track 100m and 200m events

Lanark Grammar student Nathan Fleetwood has been selected to be part of the Scotland squad in Athletics at the 2018 School Games taking place at Loughborough University this week.

The event is a national multi-sport competition for the UK’s most talented school-age athletes.

The 17-year-old will compete in the ambulant track 100m and 200m. He already has an impressive record of success, winning bronze at the INAS European Championships in the 100m 2016 and 2018. Nathan also achieved gold in the 4100m in 2016 in the same championships.

Fleetwood, who is also a member of the Whitemoss/Redstar Athletics Club, 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, Olympic champion Adam Peaty, heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson and sprinter Adam Gemili.

Over 1,400 athletes will compete across 11 sports at the School Games, five of which include disability disciplines. This year the School Games has introduced four new sports: Canoeing and Rowing, Laser Run, Netball and Triathlon.

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.

At the event Fleetwood will experience the excitement of competing at the highest level. He will live in a dedicated Athletes’ Village on the Loughborough University campus, take part in an School Games ceremony and perform in front of huge crowds of spectators.

“The School Games National Finals provide a great opportunity for talented young athletes like Nathan,” says 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 world-class sporting event at the amazing sporting venues of Loughborough University, and the event is a great way to see our future sporting champions in action today.”

The 2018 School Games is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and Home Country Sports Councils and is delivered by the Youth Sport Trust.