Olympic stadium joy for Paige

DONCASTER long jumper Paige Watkin-Drury admits she has no idea what to expect at next month’s Sainsbury’s School Games but believes the chance to strut her stuff at the Olympic Stadium means it’s certain to be a success.

The 15-year-old, who suffers from autism, will compete in the long jump as one of 1,600 athletes who will take part in 12 sports at the inaugural School Games, which is backed by National Lottery funding from Sport England.

And Paige, who says she is a better high jumper, will be doing so just weeks before the world’s finest descend on Stratford for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Paige said: “I am really excited to be competing in the Games particularly because they are being held at the Olympic venue,” she said.

“I pulled my groin at the Wakefield Open, which was disappointing as it was my first big competition, and I didn’t perform very well. I am now taking it easy until the School Games.

“I am aiming to just go out there and try and jump a PB (currently 4.37m). I’m really scared because it will be full of people I don’t know.

“I am a good all-rounder but my favourite event is high jump. Athletics has done a lot for me, brought me out of my shell and given me confidence.”

The Sainsbury’s 2012 School Games is being held in the Olympic Park and other venues from May 6-9 with school-aged elite athletes competing across 12 sports. Visit www.2012schoolgames.com