TALENTED Portsmouth athlete Eden Rainbow-Cooper has been selected to represent Great Britain in Brazil.
The 14-year-old star, who is studying at Porchester Community School will be among eight athletes and swimmers competing in the 2015 Brazil Paralympic School Games in Natal.
Rainbow-Cooper only started wheelchair racing in 2013.
And she is already one of the fastest under-15 athletes nationally.
She trains at the Weir Archer Academy in Kingston.
It will be Eden’s second taste of international competition on the track as she competes in the 100m, 200m, 400m, and 1500m races.
At home, she also competes in the 800m.
Speaking about her selection, Eden said: ‘I am so ecstatic to have been chosen to go to Brazil, and thankful to everyone who has helped me get here.
‘I know that all the support the team will have while over there will keep us going and help us to perform well.’
Sports minister Tracey Crouch praised Rainbow-Cooper’s work ethic and her natural sporting talent.
She said: ‘I’d like to congratulate Eden for being selected to represent Great Britain in the Brazil Paralympic School Games.
‘She has earned her place through determination, hard work and, of course, raw sporting ability.’
Crouch believes the event will be a very valuable experience for the young athletes who are representing Great Britain.
It will give them a taste of international competition and what it is like to travel abroad and compete at major championships.
Crouch added: ‘It’s events like this, where our young talented athletes get to experience what it’s like to compete in international competition, that can help them progress in the future.
‘I look forward to hearing how Eden and the team get on, and wish them the very best of luck in Brazil.’
Coach, Jenny Archer is looking forward to seeing the talented athlete put on a good show in Brazil.
She believes Rainbow-Cooper has the quality to make an excellent impression at the event.
Archer said: ‘This is a great opportunity for a young athlete like Eden.
‘She’s worked hard this season so absolutely deserves it.
‘Eden is full of potential and I’m confident is going to put in fantastic performances in Natal.’