20th Oct, 2017

Sian Rainsley thrilled by Great Britain call-up

Coventry Editorial 10th Jul, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

TRIATHLETE Sian Rainsley has been selected to represent Great Britain at the second Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in China next month.

The 17-year-old is one of 33 athletes chosen between the age of 15-18 who will be part of the team at the event in Nanjing from 16-28th August.

The Coundon Court pupil will take part in the triathlon event and tweeted: “Officially selected to represent @TeamGB at the @youtholympics for triathlon with team mate @Ben_Dijkstra #TeamGB #excited.”

Last year Rainsley was hand-picked as a future British Olympian after being chosen to be part of the Lloyds TSB Local Heroes initiative.

She was one of only 128 youngsters selected from across England and Wales and received £1,000 towards training and competition.

In an interview in the Observer last year, Sian said she has been inspired by London 2012.

“I watched Katherine Copeland win her gold medal at London 2012 and it was absolutely amazing to see all her hard work pay off.

“It showed that if you do stick at it the results will come.

“Richard Whitehead is also such an inspiration – on your day if you believe you can do it, you will.”

The 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games is only the second of its kind and is a major international sports and cultural festival, due to be celebrated in the tradition of the Summer Olympic Games.

The slogan of the Nanjing 2014 “Share the Games, Share our Dreams”. They aim to boost self-understanding, active participation and creativity in young people both in the sports arena and in everyday life.

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