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Manchester High School for Girls

LOTTIE AND LOIS LOOK TO GET INSPIRED BY OLYMPIC ATHLETES

Two promising athletes from Manchester High School for Girls, 14-year-old Lottie and 13-year-old Lois, have been selected to join two hundred aspiring UK sports people to take part in the Talent Inspiration Programme this autumn.

Young sports people who consistently demonstrate outstanding qualities on and off the field were selected for the three day residential at Loughborough University from 31st August to 2nd September where they will learn practical and theory from ex-Olympic athletes and international players. The programme will run in conjunction with the 2016 School Games.

Both Lottie and Lois play hockey for Greater Manchester and have recently been selected for the Junior Regional Performance Centre (JRPC). Lottie plays for and trains at Brooklands HC Hockey Club in Sale. She said: “I am so excited about the prospect of learning about the life of an elite athlete and what it takes to make it to the top. The whole experience should be fantastic! Having just been selected for the JRPC has been my highlight in hockey so far. I’d love to play professionally in the future.”

Lois has been doing athletics since eight years of age. Her discipline is heptathlon which includes hurdling, high jump, long jump, 800m, 200m, javelin and shot putt. Lois is currently ranked 12th nationally in the Under-15s group and trains with Sale Harriers. The keen hockey player also recently played with the Alderley Edge Hockey Club's Under-14s team and qualified for the national finals. Her team finished sixth in the country!

She said: “I really enjoy a wide range of sports including athletics and hockey, and am not sure what I would prefer to do in the future. I'd definitely like to do sport at a professional level one day. It will be so inspirational to hear from people who have reached the highest level of their sport, I'm really looking forward to the residential.”

Both girls are prominent in a wide range of school sports and appreciate the opportunities Manchester High provides. They said: “We pretty much do everything the PE department offers! We love taking part in the training and the various games and competitions in and outside of school, and just can’t stay away from all things sporty!”