The UK School Games is a multi-sport event for over 1,600 UK’s elite young athletes of school age across 12 sports and is designed to recreate the experience of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Competition is held in a total of twelve current and future Olympic and Paralympic sports: Athletics, Cycling, Fencing, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Rugby Sevens, Swimming, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Tennis
The event seeks to create an inspirational and motivational setting that provides the opportunity to thrive and perform at the highest levels. The UK School Games is organised by The Youth Sport Trust and supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England.
In the sabre fencing, Scotland fielded one of it’s youngest teams ever at this event. The youngest member of the women’s team, from Salle Ossian, young Elsie Llewellyn finished the individual event in 5th place, the highest placed Scot. She finished behind 3 GB national under 20 players and the GB no.1 at under 17. Elsie is still only 14 years old and has another 4 years at this event. In the team event, Elsie again showed ability beyond her years and contributed significantly to the team’s 45-32 win over Wales. In the final, England fielded their strongest team for some years and it was to be silver in the end for Scotland.
Elsie Llewellyn receiving her team silver medal.
In the men’s event, the entire Scotland team was made up of Salle Ossian fencers. In the poule stages, Sam McLellan showed some great form that set him up for a direct elimination fight with the GB no.1 cadet. A repeat of the 2014 Commonwealth Championships in South Africa, Sam won with a nail-biting 15-14 scoreline. In the end it was bronze for Sam. Mark Alvarez was 6th, Ethan Llewellyn 7th and Toby Carter 13th.
The men’s team event has already been described as epic. Scotland had to fence a strong Wales team in the semi-final match. This looked like a close one on paper and proved to be by the end of the fourth leg with the score at 20-18. However, Scotland’s boys raised their game to finish 45-26. Pivotal to this was Ethan Llewellyn’s final leg, winning it 5-0 and very impressive close out by Mark Alvarez, beating the British under 16 champion 5-1.
The last match of the day was the final against England. England were fielding an impressive GB under 20 squad and taking ranking into consideration, it seemed unlikely that Scotland would be able to compete. However, after some gutsy performances from our, the final score was an impressive 36-45 to England. But this team of young 15 and 16 year olds has shown huge potential.
Sam, Ethan, Toby and Mark with their team silver medals.