England team announced for Commonwealth Youth Games
England Athletics are delighted to announce the Commonwealth Games England athletics team for this year's Commonwealth Youth Games which will take place on the Isle of Man from 7th to 13th September 2011.
The Commonwealth Youth Games have seen great success for English athletes over the years as well as playing an important role in helping young athletes develop and go on to future success.
This year's team includes Louisa James, IAAF World Youth Championships Hammer gold medallist, Shot silver medallist Sophie McKinna and pole vault bronze medallist Lucy Bryan. Also among those back from the World Youth Championships and in the team are James McMurray who came 6th in the 1500m to go top of the all time Under 17 1500m rankings, Zak Seddon who impressed with his fifth place in the 2000m steeplechase, and Georgia Peel who was fourth in the 1500m. Another to look out for is Clovis Asong who ran sub 48sec in each round of the Inter Boys 400m at the English Schools and won the final in 47.39sec.
Executive chair of England Athletics John Graves said,
"The selection of such a large team to represent England in the Commonwealth Youth Games is an indication of England Athletics’ commitment to providing competition opportunities for our developing athletes. The team that will be representing England in the Isle of Man at the beginning of September is comprised of some of the finest athletes of their generation and I know that they will wear the English vest with pride.
"The Commonwealth Youth games have been the stepping stone to greater glory for many athletes with CWYG medallists Alex Smith rising to be ranked number one in the Hammer in the UK, Michael Rimmer achieving a silver medal in the European 800m and of course Jessica Ennis now ranked number one in the world in the Heptathlon.
"Lawrence Clarke’s rise to fame was more meteoric having been in the CWYG in 2008 and then medalling in the hurdles at the senior event in Delhi in 2010. I would like to wish the whole team, athletes, coaches and management, every success and look forward to hearing of your achievements as the event progresses."
For a full list of athletes please click here.