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Truro fencer Yvonne Chart set to compete at English School Games
9:16am Tuesday 13th August 2013 in Sport
Yvonne Chart, a 16-year-old fencer from Truro, is to compete at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport (EIS) to represent England at the Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games.
The event, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, is a major multi-sport event for the nation’s talented young athletes. It will see over 1,600 potential future sports stars competing across 12 sports between 12 and 15 September 2013.
The Truro Fencing Club star will have an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of her sporting heroes and experience what it is like to compete in a major multi-sport event.
Paralympic Sprint Gold Medallists, Hannah Cockroft and Jonnie Peacock, Paralympic Swimming Gold Medallist, Ellie Simmonds, Olympic Bronze Gymnastics Medallists, Max Whitlock and Sam Oldham and top GB sprinter Adam Gemilli, have all been on the same journey as Chart and experienced competing at the high profile event before going on to sporting success at a senior level.
The four-day multi-sport event will take place in iconic venues across Sheffield, a city famed for its sporting history and home to some of the UK’s top athletes.
Alongside the competing athletes, there will be around 400 budding volunteers under 25 years old to help bring the Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games to life for the young athletes, along with thousands of spectators.
A delighted Chart, who is the 2013 Under-17 foil National Champion, said: “I feel honoured to have been chosen for the Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games.
“I am thrilled with the opportunity and I look forward to competing against other fencers, as well as meeting athletes from other sports too.
“I got tickets to watch James Honeybone, who fences for my club, in action at London 2012 and seeing him perform there was incredibly inspiring and proof of what hard work can achieve.”
Sainsbury’s Active Kids ambassador, David Beckham congratulated Chart: “Yvonne should be incredibly proud of being selected to compete in the Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games. To be given the chance to compete in a multi-sport event and experience a major sporting occasion like this is a huge opportunity for these young people. I wish everyone the best of luck and encourage them to enjoy every minute.”
John Steele, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said:
“This event provides a platform for some of the most promising young athletes to gain an invaluable experience of competing in a multi sport event. Equally important to the Games are the young volunteers, officials and coaches who all play an important role in making the event so successful.”
Mike Diaper, Sport England’s Director of Community Sport, said:
“As we build on the success of last summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, it’s great that the next generation of aspiring athletes are having the opportunity to compete against one another in a fun environment. Congratulations to all those who have qualified for the finals of this year’s Sainsbury’s School Games in Sheffield.
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Maria Miller said:
“The School Games competition is giving young people of all abilities the chance to get involved and play a variety of sports. Many congratulations to all those who have been selected to take part in this year’s finals, the very best of luck and I’m sure we will discover some sporting stars to look out for in the future.”