A STRABANE teenager will be going for gold after being selected to take part in this year’s School Games – a national multi-sport event for the UK’s elite young athletes.
Thomas Mullen, a pupil of Holy Cross College, will represent Northern Ireland in the athletics high jump at the games which take place at Loughborough University from September 1-4.
The 15-year-old will line up alongside 1,600 athletes competing across twelve sporting disciplines.
In being selected Thomas, who trains at Lifford Strabane Athletic 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 Olympic gold medallist and world-record breaking swimmer Adam Peaty, Paralympic champions Hannah Cockroft, Ellie Simmonds and Jonnie Peacock, heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson and GB sprinter Adam Gemili.
At the event Thomas 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.
There is 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.
Speaking after learning of his selection, Thomas said, “This is a great opportunity and achievement for me. I can’t wait to get started.”
The 1,600 athletes will be supported by 400 volunteers, many of them young people. Young reporters will be among the journalists chronicling the action and many of the officials and coaches will also be young people. For the full list of sports visit www.2016schoolgames.com