Commonwealth Games England today announced a 78 strong team for the upcoming Commonwealth Youth Games in the Isle of Man with top class representation across all seven sports involved. World Youth Champion Louisa James (Hammer) heads a talented athletics squad, whilst the English swimming challenge is spearheaded by European Junior Champion (200m fly) Elena Sheridan.

The event, which takes place in September, will see England’s Rugby and Cycling teams, which are both among the top seeds, vie for pole position against fierce rivals Australia. Britain’s top three junior gymnasts, Rebecca Tunney, Gabrielle Jupp and Abi Caig, will also pull on the red and white of the We Are England team kit. They’ll be joined by Badminton’s top male and female U-19 athletes Rhys Walker and Emily Westwood, and 17 year old ABA Senior Champion Damon Jones leads a team of six boxers.

Commonwealth Games England Sports Director Don Parker said: “I am delighted that Commonwealth Games England will be sending such a strong team to the Youth Games on the Isle of Man. Commonwealth competitions play such a vital role in the development of athletes and this competition gives athletes a unique multi-sport experience that prepares them for the Olympic environment. At the last edition of this competition we came third in the medal table with 41 medals behind India and Australia and I’m confident with this team we can better that tally.”

The Commonwealth Youth Games take place on the Isle of Man from 7th-13th September across seven sports; Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Cycling, Gymnastics (men’s and women’s), Rugby 7s and Swimming. 

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