Olympics
Coventry teenager heading to Olympic Park

By Steve Carpenter 25/04 Updated: 26/04 12:00

A COVENTRY teenager is to compete at the Aquatics centre on the Olympic Park ahead of the world’s greatest athletes this summer.

Earl Radtschenko, 15, has been selected to represent England Central at the 2012 School Games finals.

The multi-sport event for school-aged elite athletes takes place from May 6 to 9 when 1,600 young people will compete across 12 sports, six of which include disability competition.

And for this, its inaugural year, the Olympic Stadium, Velodrome, Aquatics Centre and ExCeL Centre in London will be among the venues hosting competitions.

"I am looking forward to having a chance to swim in the London Aquatics Centre at a top competition,” said Earl.

"The competition will be very competitive and for me, that’s when I swim best.

"I am very determined to do well against some very talented athletes from across the United Kingdom at the Games."

More than 35,000 spectators are expected at the event with young people from schools across the country heading to London to watch the action.

Jeremy Hunt, secretary of state for culture, Olympics, media and sport added: "Earl has worked incredibly hard to win his place in

the first School Games finals, and I wish him the very best of luck."

To find out more about the 2012 School Games visit: 2012schoolgames.com.

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