COOKSTOWN High School student Jacqueline Burns will fly to London at the weekend to take part in the Sainsbury’s 2012 School Games.
The School Games is positioned as a high-level competition opportunity for athletes participating in the under 17 (& U20 for disability) age group.
With strong links to the existing schools athletics competition pathway, the event is in place to provide young athletes with the experience of a multi-sport competition environment. The competition will run from 6th – 9th May 2012.
The School Games will consist of eight teams, who will represent geographical areas and countries: Midlands, South East, South West, North East, North West, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Four Olympic venues will host the event - the Olympic Stadium, Aquatic Centre, Velodrome and ExCel Centre. The competition aims to mirror the Olympic and Paralympic Games - complete with opening and closing ceremonies. Around 1,600 of the nation’s finest young sports stars will compete and up to 35,000 spectators will cheer on the athletes. It will be the last event to be held on the Olympic Park before the opening ceremony on 27 July.
Jacqueline is last years Ulster School’s Javelin Champion and All Ireland Javelin Silver Medallist throwing over 32 metres.
Jacqueline was also a comfortable winner of the Northern Ireland Club Under 14 Javelin Championship back in June. She then went on to compete in the All Ireland Club Finals in Tullamore in mid July.
Not only did Jacqueline win the gold medal, but she also set a new Irish Under 14 Javelin record with a throw of 33.73 metres. It is because of these impressive results that Jacqueline has been selected to represent Northern Ireland in the Javelin at the school games.
This is an amazing achievement for Jacqueline and thoroughly well deserved after all the hard work she has put in over the last number of years. It’s a once in a life time experience that Jacqueline will never forget. Everyone at Cookstown High School would like to wish her every success in this competition.