Athlete Mentors prepare for Commonwealth Games

Four Youth Sport Trust Athlete Mentors are gearing up for medal success as they prepare for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, which gets underway with the Opening Ceremony tonight.
Athlete Mentors prepare for Commonwealth Games

Four Youth Sport Trust Athlete Mentors are gearing up for medal success as they prepare for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, which gets underway with the Opening Ceremony tonight (23 July).

Hockey player Alex Danson, long jumper JJ Jegede, boxer Natasha Jonas, and judoka Tom Reed are part of a team of more than 80 Youth Sport Trust Athlete Mentors, who visit schools and inspire young people through sharing their personal stories of struggle and success.

Danson will be in action first on Thursday 24 July, as the England women's hockey team get their campaign underway against home nation rivals Wales.

Fresh from winning the Investec London Cup, England will be hoping to draw on the inspiration of London 2012, where Danson was part of the GB team that won an Olympic bronze medal.

Jegede is part of a strong English contingent competing in the long jump, where he will face stiff opposition from Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford and former British record holder Chris Tomlinson. Jegede jumps first on Tuesday 29 July, and will be hoping to reach the medal round the following day.

For the first time ever, women's boxing is part of the Commonwealth Games, and Natasha Jonas will be a strong contender in the 60kg category. Having competed at London 2012, Jonas is a favourite to win a medal in Glasgow, and is expected to step through the ropes on Tuesday 29 July.

Meanwhile, Tom Reed is also taking part in his first Commonwealth Games. He competes in the -81kg category, and will be in action on Friday 25 July.

Away from the action, fellow Athlete Mentors Craig Heap and Rob Vickerman will be commentating on the Games for BBC Radio, while Youth Sport Trust Ambassadors Darren Campbell, Denise Lewis and Gail Emms will also be a part of the television and radio coverage at Glasgow 2014.

Good luck to all the team!

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