King's Ely Sixth Form student Rebecca Daniel is jubilant after being chosen to represent England Reds in the 2018 School Games.
The eagerly-anticipated event, supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, is a major multi-sport event for the most talented young athletes from across the UK.
Between August 30th and September 2nd, more than 1,400 young sportsmen and women will compete across 11 sports at Loughborough University, including Athletics, Cricket, Cycling, Canoeing, Netball, Rowing and more.
Rebecca will be representing the England Red Under 17’s Hockey team and will be competing against England White, England Blue, Wales, Ulster and Scotland.
Director of Sport at King’s Ely, Jim Thompson, said: “I am delighted that Rebecca has been selected to represent the England Reds at the School Games. Rebecca has put in a huge amount of hard work to be selected and I am sure she will enjoy the challenge of playing at a National level.”
Rebecca has also been selected for the Saxon Tigers Under 17 Hockey team, and will be representing them in the Futures Cup, which takes place in St Albans towards the end of August. She will play against the other three English regions; The Wessex Leopards, Mercian Lynx and the Pennine Pumas, as well as the Caledonian Cougars and the Celtic Jaguars.
Last year, Rebecca was selected to play for the Under 16’s England Hockey team, and then contributed to their victories. Rebecca, who lives with her family near Newmarket, has been at King’s Ely since joining King’s Ely Junior in Year 5, and is now in the Sixth Form.
To describe her as an all-rounder would be something of an understatement as, like the majority of King’s Ely students, Rebecca has certainly taken full advantage of the extra-curricular activities on offer.
As far as Rebecca’s sporting success is concerned, accolades include National Prep School Champion 800m (Years 7 and 8), Cambridgeshire Schools Cross Country Champion twice, Suffolk Cross Country Champion (three times qualifying her for the mini marathon), Anglian Cross Country Champion, English Schools Cross Country Championship (19th in a field of 350 and despite competing a year early!) and she plays National League Hockey for Cambridge City alongside Helen Richardson-Walsh, Olympic Gold Medallist.
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