The School Games National Finals are only a few weeks away and athletes will soon be descending on Loughborough University for the most exciting multi-sport event of the summer.

This year’s Games sees triathlon added to the new and refreshed sport schedule. Combining swimming, cycling and running events, triathlon acts as a fantastic and challenging opportunity for young athletes to push themselves and develop their athleticism.
Young athletes competing in this exciting category will take on an aquathlon, a bike skills test and triathlon mixed team relay over three days.

With hundreds of School Games alumni already having gone on to successful international careers, the 2018 Finals will be buzzing with future sporting stars.

Triathlon talents to look out for include Kai Boggon, who will compete for England East. The 15-year-old, who trains with Roding Valley Tri Club, is already experienced on the international stage having won the Abu Dhabi ITU Junior Triathlon with a time of 00:31:22. 
Earlier this year, he came second in the Chelmsford Discovery Children’s Open Water Triathlon and secured first place in the West Suffolk Junior Triathlon. With so many races under his belt already, it’s clear Kai has big things in store!

West Midland’s Megan Richter is another name to look out for. Training with Birmingham Running and Triathlon, Megan recently became National Duathlon 2018 champion.

At the World Para Swimming World Series 2018 in Copenhagen, Megan took home gold in the S8 100m backstroke with 967 points.. Her swimming is so strong,  she was selected  by Team GB for the European Swimming Championships, which took place earlier this month, where she won silver in the SM8 200m individual medley. There is no doubt we will see Megan achieving great things in the future.

Luke van Oudtshoorn, 16, will represent team South East. He recently came first in the Youth Boys Sospans Llanelli Super Sprint Triathlon 2018, before taking home another win at the Youth Boys Bloodwise Blenheim Triathlon 2018. Within the triathlon, Luke’s running is hard to beat; he is an experienced athlete on the track, having won 1500m gold at the English Schools' Athletics.

England East Midlands boasts a strong line-up of competitors, with 16-year-old Elsbeth Grant claiming a spot in the squad. Elsbeth, who trains with East Midlands Regional Academy, is the 2017 British Triathlon Female Youth champion and 2017 British Triathlon Super Series Female Youth champion. Adding to her successes, she became the 2018 British Duathlon Female Youth Champion earlier this year.

Elsbeth’s teammate, 16-year-old Hannah Brayer, is also a contender for a winning title in the Games, having come in second place in the Youth Category at the Under 20's Triathlon Festival 2017. Training with MVH Tri Club and East Midlands Regional Academy, Hannah was recently accepted onto the British Triathlon England Talent squad.

Hamish Armitt, 16, is another athlete in fine form and will be competing for team Scotland. He previously came second in British Triathlon Championship 2016 and has won multiple national titles in track running and at the British Cross Challenge. Training with Project 3, he still competes in both running and triathlon.

Wales’ Orla Davies also has an impressive record of sporting success. Currently a member of Denbighshire Triathlon Club, she was the 2017 Welsh IRC Qualifier T3 champion. An experienced competitor from a young age, Orla achieved Welsh National selection in swimming, cross-country and triathlon when she was 12. Now 15, Orla’s talent will be tough to beat at this year’s School Games.

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