West Norfolk Para-Athlete gains England Schools selection
West Norfolk Athletic Club Para-Athlete Lily Edwards is gunning for glory after gaining England Schools team selection.
Edwards will represent England in the shot put on the first day of the 2021 School Games National Finals today as part of the ambulant field athletes team.
The youngster last attended the games in 2017 in the long jump as an Under-17 athlete.
Now in her final year as an Under-20 this will be her last opportunity to put on her England vest for these Championships.
The School Games, which are being held at Loughborough, are a valuable opportunity for young para-athletes to represent their home country, within an integrated team environment and among other sports.
The experience of working with team coaches and staying overnight among athletes is great preparation for athletes who progress onto GB junior and senior teams.
Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the 2020 School Games National final was postponed.
The School Games has seen many of its athletes go on to achieve the highest sporting accolades and success on national and international stages.
Inspirational athletes including Jonnie Peacock, Morgan Lake and Hannah Cockroft.
This year athletes will be placed in eight teams named after previous Olympics hosting venues.
Lily is part of team Paris and will compete against other athletes from across the United Kingdom.
Currently Lily is throwing more than four metres in training with her coach and dad Paul. So if she can hold the nerve then anything is possible.
There will unfortunately be no spectators at the event but it will be streamed live online via the Schools Games website.
Whatever the outcome, it will be a fantastic experience for Lily and in just being selected has made everyone at home and at the West Norfolk club very proud.
Everyone is behind her and wish Lily the very best of luck. The club look forward to hearing the results.