Scottish Athletes Selected to Compete at the UK School Games.3rd Aug 2018 | Written by Gemma Simpson
Developed and organised by the Youth Sport Trust (supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England), the Games take place from 30 August to 2 September 2018 at Loughborough University.
The UK School Games, established after London’s winning 2012 bid and part of the Olympic legacy, is an integrated multi-sport event for the UK’s leading disabled and non-disabled young athletes of school age.
The event seeks to create an inspirational and motivational setting that not only provides talented young athletes with the opportunity to thrive and perform at the highest levels, but also hopes to encourage more young people to take part and succeed in sport.
The competition re-enforces a similar experience to the Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games complete with an Opening Ceremony and an Athletes Village. All twelve competing sports will be hosted directly at the world-class facilities of Loughborough University campus, creating a unique multi-sport atmosphere.
Competition for 2018 has been re-vamped with all previous sports being asked to re-apply and some new sports being invited to apply including Triathlon. In a very competitive process, with some of the more established sports not being extended an invitation moving forward, Triathlon was commended on it’s application with it’s focus on learning and development through multiple race opportunities.
Triathlon like most sports will have both an able-bodied and Para-Tri race programme and the other sports included for 2018 are: Athletics, Canoeing and Rowing, Cricket, Cycling, Hockey, Judo, Modern Pentathlon, Netball, Wheelchair Tennis and Wheelchair Basketball.
There will be three days of triathlon competition following the format below
Day 1 – Swim/Run Focus (Loughborough University)
Aquathlon 200m/2000m over a heats and an A/B final format so all athletes will race twice.
Day 2 – Bike Focus (Prestwold Hall Motor Racing Circuit)
Bike Skills Figure of 8 (Dustbin) Test
Bike Circuit Race – this will include a pursuit start with athletes running into T1 as if exiting the swim, after T1 athletes will complete a bike race before coming into T2 and then running a short distance to the finish line.
Day 3 – Mixed Team Triathlon Relay (Loughborough University)
The 2 girls and 2 boys will combine to form a 4 person team. The swim will be pool based.
Congratulations to the following Academy athletes who have been selected to represent Scotland. The athletes will be supported by Crawford Whyte (Coaching) and Elise Methven (Team Manager).
Isla Britton (non travelling reserve)
Daniel Saunders (non travelling reserve)