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Swimmers take to the blocks at UK School Games

3 Sep 2010
Over 180 young swimmers from around the UK will converge in Sunderland tomorrow to compete for their region in the Sainsbury’s UK School Games 2010.

The young swimmers, aged 16 and under, will be going for gold at the Sunderland Aquatic Centre on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September. Swimming forms one of the ten sports being competed for at the Games and is one of the three sports within the games which includes disability events.

Last year saw England Central crowned UK School Games Swimming Team champions and with 15-year-old Matthew Johnson on the team they have a good chance of retaining the title. Johnson claimed five national titles at this year’s British Gas ASA National Youth Championships, breaking British Age Group records in the process.

Athletes in the swimming squads will represent England North, England Central, England East, England South, Scotland North and West, Scotland South and East, Ireland and Wales and feature a mixture of competitors who are returning to the UK School Games and those competing for the first time.

The ASA’s Yvette Heywood said: “This year's competition promises to be a closely fought one with many competitors returning to defend gold medals from 2009 and there's every chance that the swimming stars of tomorrow will be at the Games."

The swimming competition gets underway at 10.00am on Saturday and Sunday.

To see the squads in full click here.

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