COVENTRY teenager Ria Fackrell has been selected to be part of the cricket squad at the 2018 School Games.
The games are a national multi-sport event for the UK’s most talented school-age athletes taking place at Loughborough University from August 30 to September 2.
Eighteen-year-old Fackrell, who is a student at Coventry City College and is a member of the Corley Cricket Club, will compete for Team Sciver in the Cricket.
More than 1,400 athletes will compete across 11 sports at the School Games, five of which include disability disciplines.
The event will give many young people, across a variety of different sports, an experience of high-level competition in a multi-sport environment similar to an Olympic or Paralympic Games.
Ria will be following in the footsteps of some of Britain’s biggest sporting stars who have competed at the event before going on to senior international success.
Previous competitors include Paralympic champions Hannah Cockroft, Ellie Simmonds and Jonnie Peacock, Olympic champion Adam Peaty, heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson and sprinter Adam Gemili.
At the event Fackrell will experience the excitement of competing at the highest level.
She will live in a dedicated Athletes’ Village on the Loughborough University campus, take part in an School Games ceremony and perform in front of huge crowds of spectators.