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BURY VISIT: Olympian Andy Baddeley
BURY VISIT: Olympian Andy Baddeley

Olympic star Andy Baddeley will hoping to spot some athletes of the future in Bury St Edmunds next month.

The middle-distance runner and British record holder — who has competed at Beijing 2008 and London 2012 — will join school sports teams from across the county at the fourth Suffolk Sainsbury’s School Games.

The event will be held at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre on Friday, July 10.

And Baddeley, who helped break the British 4x1,500m relay record, is hoping to spot some top talent and offer some words of inspiration.

“I didn’t make the first team at school, and struggled to keep up,” he confessed.

“However, 10 years later I was the fastest miler in the world. So dream big about the future and set no limits, but focus on working hard today, right now, to help you get there.

“Having represented Britain at major events like the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, I feel it is really important for me to give something back to sport because it has given me so much.

“That is why I love being a Sport England sporting champion and working with young people.”

The Sainsbury’s School Games is a fully inclusive competition for school children in England.

They are designed to motivate, enthuse and inspire young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport.

School teams from across the county have been competing to qualify for the festival, which includes cricket, squash, mini tennis, swimming, athletics and gymnastics.

As well as the young participants, the games will be supported by young sports leaders from schools across the county, helping with the officiating and administration.

The Suffolk Sainsbury’s School Games will be celebrated by all participants, teachers and parents.

Log on to the website: www.suffolkschoolgames.com for more infomration.

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