School Games: Young sports stars arrive in London

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A HOST of local youngsters are in London this weekend as the UK School Games begin.

A number of pupils from schools in the Capital and surrounding area are competing for Scotland and Scotland East in the multi-sport event, sponsored by Sainsburys, from tomorrow until Wednesday, with around 1600 children from Scotland, England Wales and Northern Ireland involved.

Royal High School pupil Julie MacPherson, who was in the Scotland badminton under-15 squad that won the Four Nations team event recently, is in the girls’ doubles with Sarah Findlay from Erskine and the mixed doubles with James Milton from Mauchline. MacPherson was also in the UK School Games squad last year and the under-17 national singles champion was a singles runner-up and doubles winner with Findlay at the Four Nations.

Her sister Heather is also in the girls’ and mixed doubles with Mauchline’s Holly Newall and Adam Hall.

George Watson’s College duo Ben Robbins (boys’ athletics) and Kirsty McKean (girls’ athletics) will be looking to come back with medals while other local youngsters who head south hopeful in track and field include Robbie Nairn (Currie Community High School) Ellen Kirstorpherson (Dalkeith High School) and Rachel Roberston (Newbattle High School).

Queensferry High School’s Matthew Agius is included in the Scotland East volleyball boys’ squad.