GB stars kick off the Sainsbury’s 2014 School Games

Team GB's Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Paralympic gold medallist, Ellie Simmonds, will kick off this year's Sainsbury's 2014 School Games, which gets underway in Manchester tomorrow.

Team GB's Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Paralympic gold medallist, Ellie Simmonds, will kick off this year's Sainsbury's 2014 School Games, which gets underway in Manchester tomorrow. 

From 4-7 September, over 1,600 of the nation's most talented athletes will compete across 12 Olympic and Paralympic sports in Manchester's iconic sporting venues, all hoping to bring back a medal or two for their team.

The Sainsbury's 2014 School Games is a major multi-sport event, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust.

The event aims to recreate the setting of an international event like an Olympic and Paralympic Games and across the four days, the athletes will experience everything from grand Opening and Closing Ceremonies and an athletes' village to an education programme which includes anti-doping advice and guidance.

Both Katarina and Ellie have showcased their talents and achieved medal success at the event, having competed in previous years.

Tomorrow morning, Britain's number one heptathlete will lead a high jump and long jump masterclass for a number of lucky athletes that are competing at the event, before joining Ellie Simmonds at the Phones4U Arena for the Opening Ceremony. The sporting duo will then share their journey of triumphs and challenges with thousands of young stars of the future, who are hoping to emulate their success and Katarina will officially open the Games.

The British stars join a host of successful GB stars that have used their experiences at the Games to build their careers as successful international athletes, including the country's most well known Paralympian's; Jonnie Peacock and Hannah Cockroft, along with sprinter Adam Gemili, and gymnast Max Whitlock, to name just a few. The recent Commonwealth Games also played host to over 150 athletes who had competed at the Sainsbury's School Games previously with 59 of these athletes claiming 84 prestigious medals.

With a strong history of supporting athletes that have gone on to achieve great things, there's no doubt that we will see talent from this year climbing onto podiums across the world in years to come.

Make sure to follow @_School Games and @YouthSportTrust for all the latest updates and behind the scenes news, and use the #2014SSG to get involved.

Let the Games begin.

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