Carperby teenager selected to compete in 2018 School Games

Matthew Lambert competing in the 2018 School Games

A Wensleydale School student, representing Richmond Triathlon Club, will compete for England North East at the School Games.

Matthew Lambert, 16, from Carperby, will attend the national multi-sport event at Loughborough University between the 30 August and 2 September.

The Wensleydale teen has already won the English National Aquathlon title and competed for Great Britain at the World Aquathlon Championships.

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Chief Executive Officer of the Youth Sport Trust, Ali Oliver said: “The School Games National Finals provide a great opportunity for talented young athletes like Matthew.

“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 triathlon is one of four new sports introduced to the School Games this year, along with rowing, laser run and netball.

Over 1,400 athletes will complete across 11 sports, five of which include disability disciplines and experience competing at the highest level in front of huge crowds of spectators.

Matthew 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.

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.

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