Lenzie lad to represent Scotland

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Scott Connal from Lenzie has been selected to compete at the 2016 School Games – a national multi-sport event for the UK’s elite young athletes – taking place at Loughborough University next month.

Scott, 16, who goes to Lenzie Academy, will represent Scotland in Athletics.

He 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.

Some 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.

At the event, Scott 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.

Scott said: “I was extremely excited before, during and now after selection for the School Games. I’m really looking forward to the experience.”

The 1,600 athletes will be supported by 400 volunteers, many of which will be young people.