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West Coventry Academy student Garner selected for 2018 School Games

Craig Gibbons 23rd Aug, 2018

COVENTRY’s Scarlett Garner has been selected to be part of the U16 England Midlands squad competing in Laser Run 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.

Fifteen-year-old Garner, who is a student at the West Coventry Academy and is a member of the Sutton Coldfield Rifle and Air Pistol Club, already has an impressive record of success, having been part of the June 2018 Europod Exchange Programme between Birmingham, Lyon and Frankfurt.

Laser Run originated as an element of the modern pentathlon and now exists as a fast-paced and exciting stand-alone competition where athletes combine running and shooting a laser gun at targets in a timed race.

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.

Scarlett 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 Garner 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.

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