Teenager Mark ready for Games

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SHEFFIELD Steeler Mark Scholefield is busy preparing himself to set the British Wheelchair Basketball Super League alight next season and he intends on igniting the flame at next month’s Sainsbury’s UK School Games in the city.

The 16-year-old guard has been in devastating form for Steelers third team this year, helping his side finish second in Division One, one place higher than the seconds.

And after making a few appearances in the Super League, where the Steelers also finished second, Scholefield is set to make the step up a permanent one next term after impressing his coaches.

But before he can worry about that, he has the Sainsbury’s UK School Games to deal with on September 1 in Sheffield, and he insists it provides him with the ideal platform to start his new campaign with a bang.

“I can’t wait for the UK School Games to get going because my season has been finished for a while now and I am really eager to get back into it again,” Scholefield said.

“Last season was good and my team had its best season it has had for quite a while and it was really good. I am making the move up to the Super League next year and looking forward to as I have played there before.

“It gives me the confidence that I am doing something right and that the selectors believe in me and I will take this feeling to Sheffield. I will use the UK School Games as a bit of practice for the Super League and I will be going there to get back into the winning feeling.”

Thanks to his experience, Scholefield will be one of the more experienced players in Scotland colours as wheelchair basketball makes its UK School Games debut.

But rather than shy away from his responsibilities, he believes it will spur him on to greater things.

“I am one of the more experienced players in the Scotland team bit I like the leadership side of things to be honest,” he added. “On our team we have quite a few younger guys so when I go into the team I have extra responsibilities. But I actually think I play better for it.

“Plus I will be playing on my home ground and I have played in Sheffield loads of times obviously and the atmosphere is always great and hopefully that helps me to victory too.”

The Sainsbury’s UK School Games is an inclusive, multi-sport event for elite, young athletes of school age. It aims to provide talented young sports people from the UK with the opportunity to compete in an event which replicates the feel of the Olympic and Paralympics Games. To find out more about this year’s Sainsbury’s UK School Games visit

www.ukschoolgames.com