Paige set for Olympic stadium

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Paige Watkin-Drury is hoping that competing at the Olympic Stadium will be the catalyst to a future career in athletics.

The long jumper from Doncaster will compete at the 80,000-capacity complex as part of the inaugural Sainsbury’s School Games, before the elite athletes arrive for the main event of the Olympics later this summer.

The games, which will see thousands of youngsters from across the country competing, will be the biggest stage on which Watkin-Drury, 15, has ever competed and she is hopeful of it leading on to bigger and better things. She said: “I am so excited that I can run on the track before the elite athletes and look forward to being one of them in the future. It’s great to have achieved this.”

The event is seen as a being a good experience for young athletes with 12 sports being covered.

One of the ambassadors for the Games is former England football captain David Beckham, and he offered congratulations to Paige and her fellow competitors.

He said: “I want to congratulate everyone taking part in the 2012 School Games for being selected. Stay focused, practice and enjoy the great opportunity of experiencing the Olympic Park. It will be an amazing experience.”

The Sainsbury’s School Games will take place in London from 6-9 May and venues hosting competitions include the Olympic Stadium, Velodrome and Aquatics Centre.