Former Lympstone schoolgirl at major UK school games
PUBLISHED: 10:24 12 August 2010
A FORMER schoolgirl from Lympstone has been selected to represent England at a major UK school games next month.
Gymnast JoJo Perryman, 13, of Lympstone will compete at the 2010 Sainsbury’s UK School Games.
She will go head-to-head against the UK’s school-aged elite in the gymnastics event being held at the Gateshead Leisure Centre from September 2 to 5.
The School Games is the pinnacle sports event for young people competing in the UK and will see 1,600 elite school-aged athletes descend on the North East to compete in ten sports.
JoJo said: “I’m very excited about being selected for this year’s games. Last year, in South Wales, I had such fun and made lots of new friends.
“The games will give me great experience for when I’m older and maybe compete in bigger internationals.
“I hope to achieve great success as the England team and as an individual competitor.”
JoJo started gymnastics when she lived in Japan and, when the family returned to England, they eventually settled in Lympstone in 2004.
In 2006, aged just nine years, she was offered a scholarship at a gymnastics club in Heathrow.
Her proud mum, Kim, said: “Steve and I are really proud of her achievements, especially as she does a fab job of juggling a hectic training schedule with schoolwork and living away from home.
“Her performances bring us a lot of happiness and rewards for all the sacrifices that the whole family have had to make.”
Former GB athlete and Olympic gold medallist Louis Smith said the experience would prove invaluable to JoJo: “Being selected to compete on behalf of England …is a fantastic achievement and I congratulate JoJo.
“Being part of all the excitement and pressure of a large multisport event… prepares athletes for the world of global sporting competition.”