Great Scott wins call-up to UK school ‘Olympics’

Scott after winning his national title in June
Scott after winning his national title in June

Lenzie teenager Scott Connal will take on the best of Briotish after being selected to compete at this year’s 2016 School Games.

Scott has been called up to the Scotland team taking part in the national multi-sport event for the UK’s elite young athletes.

The event will take place at Loughborough University from September 1-4 and the 16-year-old Lenzie Academy pupil will represent Scotland in athletics.

Around 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.

Scott 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.

Scott will will experience the excitement of competing at the highest level.

The university will provide an Olympic-style village where Scott and the other competitors will live, giving a real flavour of a major multi-sport event complete with spectacular opening and closing ceremonies and performing in front of a crowd of thousands.

There is also 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.

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

Recently Scott won the Scottish Schools pentathlon title for the second year running despite not being at full strength due to illness.

The 1,600 athletes will be supported by 400 volunteers, many of which will be young people. Young reporters will be among the journalists reporting the action and many of the officials and coaches will also be young people.