Fencing date for athlete

Jack Douglas fencer competing in Manchester
Jack Douglas fencer competing in Manchester

A 17-year-old elite athlete from Linlithgow has been selected to take part in the Sainsbury’s 2014 School Games in Manchester.

Jack Douglas, a fencer from Linlithgow, is one of 1600 youngsters competing at the 2014 School Games between September 4-7, a major multi-sport event for elite young athletes who have excelled in their sport.

Jack will represent Scotland in the fencing, just one of 12 sports being contested at the four-day event in Manchester.

While at the event, Jack will get a taste of the pressure and excitement of competing at the highest level. He will experience an athlete’s village, take part in opening and closing ceremonies and perform in front of a crowd of thousands.

A delighted Jack, who has been selected to fence for Great Britain Under-17s at international level and has also won the Scottish Schools over-16 years boys’ foil competition, said: ‘‘I am proud to be selected to fence for Scotland at the Sainsbury’s 2014 School Games. I am looking forward to the School Games and relishing the challenge it will present.

‘‘I have been training very hard this year and travelling extensively throughout the UK to various competitions to gain more experience of fencing better opponents.

‘‘My main aim is to do my best and I am most looking forward to the team event as I believe the selected team will work well together.”

A number of British stars have all been on the same journey as Jack and experienced competing at the Sainsbury’s School Games before going on to sporting success at a senior level.