Maya Lane, from Bath, has been selected to be part of the Team Bath squad competing in Netball at the 2018 School Games, a national multi-sport event for the UK’s most talented school-age athletes.
The event will take place at Loughborough University from 30th August to 2nd September.
14-year-old Lane, who is a student at Kingswood School and a member of the Bath Cougars Netball Club, previously came fourth in the Regional Netball League with her Division 1 club.
She has also been selected recently for Team Bath’s U17 Netball Futures Hub.
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.
Maya 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, Lane 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.
“The School Games National Finals provide a great opportunity for talented young athletes like Maya,” said Ali Oliver, Chief Executive Officer of the Youth Sport Trust.
“Competitors get a real taste of what it’s like to be part of a world-class sporting event at the amazing sporting venues of Loughborough University, and the event is a great way to see our future sporting champions in action today.”
The 2018 School Games is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and Home Country Sports Councils and is delivered by the Youth Sport Trust.