Bury St Edmunds athlete to compete at 2017 School Games at Loughborough University

Olivia Allum, who has been selected for the 2017 School Games in athletics. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Olivia Allum, who has been selected for the 2017 School Games in athletics. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

A Bury St Edmunds student is following in the footsteps of some of Britain’s biggest sporting stars after being selected for the athletics squad at the 2017 School Games.

Olivia Allum, 16, who attends Culford School, will take part in the games for the UK’s most talented athletes at Loughborough University from August 31 to September 3.

Olivia, who is a member of West Suffolk AC, will compete for the England Midlands squad in athletics, and around 1.600 athletes will compete across 12 sports – seven of which include disability disciplines – at the four-day event.

Previous competitors include Olympic champion Adam Peaty, heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson and sprinter Adam Gemili, as well as Paralympic champions Hannah Cockroft, Ellie Simmonds and Jonnie Peacock.

Olivia said: “Having tendon problems in my foot has set me back, being out for a long time, but I’m in good shape for the School Games and I’m excited to compete.”

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