A dozen athletes from Sheffield are competing with youngsters from across the country in the prestigious School Games this week.
The Sainsbury’s School Games in Manchester is a multi-sports event for school-age rising stars.
Those from Sheffield are among 1,600 youngsters taking part and will compete across 12 sports, seven of which include disability disciplines.
Some of Britain’s biggest sporting stars including Paralympic champions Hannah Cockroft, Ellie Simmonds and Jonnie Peacock, heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson and sprinter Adam Gemili all competed at the School Games before going on to elite success with Team GB and ParalympicsGB.
Fifteen-year-old discus thrower Bronte Jones, from Westfield School, said: “It is a privilege to have been selected.
“It has been my goal for the season to compete in discus at the School Games and now I can’t wait to get to Manchester.”
She has travelled to Manchester with athletes Amelia Lancaster, Cameron Bell, Empress Martin, Jayden Saberton, Megan Nagy and Regan O’Connel; cyclists Amelia Cass and Jayati Hine; swimmers Amy Bell and Cameron Brooks-Clarke and volleyball player Rheanne Lord.
Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch said: “The Sainsbury’s School Games continue to go from strength to strength and I am pleased to see so many young athletes embracing this fantastic opportunity to showcase their talents.
“Grassroots sport is where it all starts. It’s where the coaches and sports teachers mould our future stars, inspiring generations to get involved and be the best that they can be.”
Sport England’s Director of Community Sport, Mike Diaper, said: “This event is an amazing opportunity for our next generation of aspiring athletes to compete against one another.”