A chance to compete in a nationwide tournament is a dream for most youngsters.
But Leeds gymnast Loukas Jones will be doing just that when he takes part in the Sainsbury’s UK School Games in Sheffield as an England representative.
The event takes place from September 1 to September 4 and Loukas, 12, from the City of Leeds Gymnastics Club, said: “I’m really excited about being selected because it is a big competition and I get to represent England.”
There can be little doubt of Loukas’ ambition and he has high hopes for the tournament, saying: “I hope to become champion and hopefully my team will win in the event as well.”
With that desire, Loukas, pictured, clearly has a big future in gymnastics and has been backed by Olympic bronze medallist Louis Smith who said: “Being selected to compete on behalf of England is a fantastic achievement and I congratulate Loukas on that.”
Smith added: “When you compete in a big event, there are a lot of distractions with all the excitement as well as the pressure that comes with the competition.
“Competing in such a big event at this stage will hopefully prepare the competitors for their future careers.”
Loukas will be joined in the event by fellow Leeds competitors Sophie Taylor and Lucy Emerson who will represent the City of Leeds Swimming Club.
The event will see over 1,600 children compete across 12 sports, including four disabled events. For further details, visit: www.ukschoolgames.co.uk.