Axminster Gundry set to fence at 2013 Sainsbury’s School Games

Jess Gundry, a 17-year old fencer from Axminster, is to compete in women’s epee 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 Wellington School pupil 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 Gundry 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.

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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 Gundry said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be fencing for England, it’s great to be selected for such a high-profile competition. I’ve been working hard so I want to show people how much I have improved. The individual competition is going to be tough but my aim is to win in the individual event – training seems to be going well so I think I have a good chance.”

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Sainsbury’s Active Kids ambassador, David Beckham congratulated Gundry: “Jess 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.”

The Sainsbury’s School Games is set across four levels with the Sheffield event providing the top tier of sporting competition. Across the year young people also compete in a range of sport at class-v-class, school-v-school and in county wide sport festivals.

The Sainsbury’s School Games is supported by a range of partners including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sport England, Youth Sport Trust, Department of Health and British Paralympic Association.

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