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

Katie Morrow, of the Northern Ireland team, is one name to look out for at this year’s competition. Having already competed in the GB Wheelchair Basketball team at the 2016 Paralympics, Katie was the youngest ever Paralympic competitor in the sport. She returned home as one of Team GB’s most successful women’s Wheelchair Basketball squad ever, finishing 4th.

She had previously been a talented swimmer too, breaking the Irish record in her age group in the freestyle relay event in 2012. Scouted by Disability Sport Northern Ireland’s Wheelchair Basketball Performance Officer, Katie quickly proved to be a natural talent on the court and currently plays for the Carlisle Panthers.

In 2015, she won gold at the Women’s u25 Wheelchair Basketball World Championships and bronze at the European Championships, before receiving Junior Sportsperson of the Year award in 2016. Now 18, Katie’s impressive Paralympic and School Games experience is surely only a glimpse of what is to come, inspiring many young athletes along the way.

Conn Nagle, 17, will play alongside Katie for Northern Ireland and has had plenty of competitive experience this year. Fresh from winning the 2018 XXV Trofeu International Barcelona Tournament with the GB u22 Wheelchair Basketball Team, Conn will be eager to take home another medal. The young point-guard/guard has previously won the UK Junior League Finals in 2014 and 2016 with the Northern Ireland u15s.

This year’s competition will also feature Conn’s Team GB u22 teammates Oliver Griffith-Salter, Ben Leitch and Callum Doherty, who will compete at the School Games for Wales, Scotland and England North respectively. No doubt, they will also be newly motivated by the golden performance in Barcelona!

Amongst the extremely talented Welsh squad, 17-year-old Andreas Alexandrou will make his second School Games appearance. After competing for Wales at the School Games last year, Andreas has gone from strength to strength, this year being selected by Wales Wheelchair Basketball for the u19 National Junior Squad.

Maddison Martin, of England South, is another athlete in fine form, having recently been selected for the GB u24 squad. Last year Maddison tasted success by taking home the gold at regional level finals and will keen to translate that to national success in 2018.

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