MATLOCK mountain biker Arthur Green has been selected to compete on behalf of England East Midlands at the 2011 Sainsbury’s UK School Games in Sheffield.
Arthur, 14, will compete against the UK’s school-aged elite in the mountain bike events, being held at Wharncliffe and Wheata Woods, Sheffield, from today (Thursday) until Sunday, September 4.
A delighted Arthur said: “I am very pleased to be selected for the Sainsbury’s UK School Games. The event will be my first four-day event and I like the fact that while individual performances are important, we’re a part of a team.”
GB mountain biker and 2006 Commonwealth Games Gold medallist, Liam Killeen, believes that the experience gained at the Sainsbury’s UK School Games is invaluable in helping young athletes develop and prepare for elite multi-sport competitions.
Killeen said: “Firstly I want to congratulate Arthur on his selection for England East Midlands at the Sainsbury’s UK School Games this year. It is a great achievement and something which he should be very proud of.
“It’s great to see mountain biking added to the line-up of sports at this year’s Games, it’s a unique opportunity for Arthur and his fellow athletes to experience what a multi-sport event is all about and meet other like-minded athletes.
“The fact that the young athletes are exposed to things like their own athlete’s village and an opening and closing ceremony is fantastic and will be a very exciting experience for all involved. It’s important for competitive athletes to stay focused in the atmosphere of an athletes’ village and be able to enjoy the whole experience.
“I wish Arthur and his fellow competitors the best of luck and hope he makes the most of the opportunity.”
and most of all has fun.”
Over 1,600 elite school aged athletes will compete across 12 sports including disability events in four sports from 1 – 4 September 2011 as part of the Sainsbury’s UK School Games. The multi-sport event is delivered by the Youth Sport Trust and designed to replicate a major championships with Opening and Closing Ceremonies and an Athletes’ Village.