Brothers David and James will be in action for Scottish team

James Beattie
James Beattie

Brothers David and James Beattie from Stonehaven have been selected to compete at the 2018 School Games at the end of this month.

The School Games, a national multi-sport event for the most talented disabled and non-disabled young people in the UK of school age, will take place at Loughborough University from August 30 to September 2.

David Beattie

David Beattie

David Beattie, 18, and his younger brother James, 16, who both attend Strathaven Academy, will compete in wheelchair basketball for Scotland. The pair won bronze 12 months ago.

More than 1400 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 young people, across a variety of different sports, an experience of high-level competition in a multi-sport environment similar to an Olympic or Para-lympic Games.

The Beattie brothers 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 the athletes will experience the excitement of competing at the highest level.

They will live in a dedicated Athletes’ Village on the Loughborough University campus, take part in a 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 David and James,” says 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.

Tickets for the event are available now at www.schoolgamesfinals.org/buy-tickets/