Luke ‘proud’ to be selected for School Games

Luke Roleston in action.
Luke Roleston in action.

Banbridge teenager Luke Roleston will chase high profile success at the upcoming Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games (3-6 September) in Manchester, when he competes in this prestigious multi-sport event for school-age athletes.

One of the 1,600 athletes taking part in this year’s Games, 15-year-old Luke from Banbridge Academy will represent Ulster Boys in hockey.

In total, 12 sports, seven of which include disability disciplines, will be contested at the four-day spectacular.

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

He will live within the Athletes’ Village, attend show-stopping opening and closing ceremonies and perform in front of a crowd of thousands at world class sports facilities in Manchester.

Goalkeeper Luke said: “It’s an honour to be taking part in the Sainsbury’s School Games, and I feel very proud to be recognised as one of the highest performing athletes in the country.”

Alongside the competing athletes there will be 400 young volunteers bringing the Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games to life.

Young reporters will be among the journalists reporting the action and many of the officials and coaches will also be young people.

Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch said: “The Sainsbury’s School Games continue to go from strength to strength and I am pleased to see so many young athletes embracing this fantastic opportunity to showcase their talents.”

Sport England Director of Community Sport Mike Diaper said: “The Sainsbury’s School Games is a fantastic event, launching the careers of some of our brightest sporting stars.

“This event is an amazing opportunity for our next generation of aspiring athletes to compete against one another in a fun environment while also experiencing what it’s like to be part of a major multi-sport event. ”

Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Ali Oliver said: “The 1,600 athletes attending the Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games in Manchester will discover what competing at a major multi-sport event is really like.”

Sainsbury’s Sponsorship Manager Peter Ward said: “We’ve seen just how important Sainsbury’s School Games events are for young athletes, from building confidence and encouraging participation in sport, to forging the way to Olympic medals.

“We’re looking forward to this year’s competition and wish all the young athletes the best of luck.”