Perryman set for North East games.

PUBLISHED: 08:20 04 August 2010 | UPDATED: 08:20 04 August 2010

Lympstone gymnast JoJo Perryman is a youngster with a great future ahead in the world of gymnastics after the St David's School pupil was selected to compete in England colours at a big North East event.

LYMPSTONE gymnast, JoJo Perryman has been selected to compete on behalf of England at the 2010 Sainsbury’s UK School Games hosted by the North East.

Thirteen-year-old Perryman will compete against the UK’s school-aged elite in the Gymnastics event being held at the Gateshead Leisure Centre, from September 2 to 5.

Perryman, who used to attend St David’s School, is looking forward to the start of the Sainsbury’s UK School Games: “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.”

Former GB athlete and Olympic gold medallist Louis Smith has a wealth of experience from global multisport events, including the Beijing Olympics 2008, and he recognises the fantastic opportunity for young athletes to get a taste of elite competition and everything that comes along with it.

Smith said: “Being selected to compete on behalf of England in the Sainsbury’s UK School Games is a fantastic achievement and I congratulate JoJo Perryman. Being part of all the excitement and pressure of a large multisport event, including their own athlete’s village, and opening and closing ceremonies is a brilliant experience enabling athletes to learn invaluable skills and preparing them for the world of global sporting competition. I cannot wait for London 2012, the inspiration for the UK School Games, to compete at such a phenomenal event on home soil will no doubt be another defining moment for me.”

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