Young Leeds stars to represent England at Commonwealth Youth Games

Layla Black.
Layla Black.
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THE City Of Leeds Swimming Club will be triply represented at next week’s Commonwealth Youth Games, already awash with success after a record-breaking European Junior Championships in Israel.

Layla Black, Ciara Schlosshan and Leah Crisp are all heading to the Youth Commonwealths held in the Bahamas and Black will arrive as a European Junior champion and Leeds’ first individual gold medallist at the meet.

Ciara Schlosshan.

Ciara Schlosshan.

The Leeds star took gold in the 200m breaststroke and also came fourth as part of the 4x100m medley team.

Schlosshan walked away with two medals after taking silver in the 200m butterfly and also bronze as part of the 4x100m mixed medley team.

The teen also set a new British Junior record by coming fifth in the 100m butterfly after a time of 59.54 in the semi-final.

Schlosshan was also fourth as part of the 4x100m medley team while Crisp competed in the 200m, 400m and 800m individually.

Hope Price.

Hope Price.

The trio will fly out to the Bahamas on Sunday with competition beginning on Wednesday.

Schlosshan has also been selected to represent Great Britain at the Wold Junior Championships in Indianapolis in late August.

But first comes next week’s Youth Commonwealths in which Black will be competing for the second time having taken two gold medals at Samoa 2015.

“It feels great to have been selected for my second Commonwealth Youth Games,” said the Leeds star.

“It fills me with a great sense of pride to have been chosen to represent my country again.

“I am looking forward to swimming fast, meeting new people and experiencing a new culture in the Bahamas.”

A total of 72 young athletes will represent England, all aged between 14 and 18 – competing in athletics, swimming, rugby 7s, beach volleyball, judo, boxing and tennis.

Hunslet Club’s young boxing star Hope Price will also represent Leeds, with the teen already a Junior European champion and five times national champion.

Price has never lost competing for England.

England’s team also features 2016 European Youth Championships long jump gold medallist Holly Mills and beach volleyball Under-20s British champions Joaquin and Javier Bello.

Sarah Winckless, Chef de Mission for Commonwealth Games England said: “I’m delighted that we will be taking such a talented group of young athletes to the Commonwealth Youth Games. For many this will be their first experience of a multi-sport Games environment and a key milestone on their pathway.

“These young athletes represent the pride of England and I know everyone back home will be wishing them all the best for the competition.

“This is the largest team we’ve sent overseas to a Commonwealth Youth Games and for the team behind the team the Commonwealth Youth Games represents an important staging post on the road to the Gold Coast next year.”

Jessica Ennis-Hill, Beth Tweddle, James de Gale and Danny Care all represented England at the Commonwealth Youth Games early in their careers.