20th Jul, 2019

Solihull teenager part of rowing squad for School Games at Loughborough University

Craig Gibbons 17th Aug, 2018

SOLIHULL’s Zoe Ashwell has been selected to be part of the Rowing squad at the 2018 School Games.

The games are a national multi-sport event for the UK’s most talented school-age athletes taking place at Loughborough University from August 30 to September 2.

Ashwell, who is a student at the Langley School, will compete for the England South squad in the rowing.

The 14-year-old already has an impressive record of success and was the fastest U14 in the individual rowing regional School Games.

Over 1,400 athletes will compete across 11 sports at the School Games, five of which include disability disciplines.

This year the School Games has introduced four new sports (Canoeing & Rowing, Laser Run, Netball and Triathlon).

The event will give many young people, across a variety of different sports, an experience of high-level competition in a multi-sport environment similar to an Olympic or Paralympic Games.

Zoe will be following in the footsteps of some of Britain’s biggest sporting stars who have competed at the event before going on to senior international success.

Previous competitors include Paralympic champions Hannah Cockroft, Ellie Simmonds and Jonnie Peacock, Olympic champion Adam Peaty, heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson and sprinter Adam Gemili.

At the event Ashwell will experience the excitement of competing at the highest level.

She will live in a dedicated Athletes’ Village on the Loughborough University campus, take part in an School Games ceremony and perform in front of huge crowds of spectators.

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