Top trio gear up for Games

Freya Richardson, of Springfield Secondary School, has been selected in the England South squad for the 2018 School Games
Freya Richardson, of Springfield Secondary School, has been selected in the England South squad for the 2018 School Games
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Three budding cyclists have been selected for the 2018 School Games, which begin at Loughborough University on Thursday.

Freya Richardson, 16, Samuel Freeman, 15, and Matthew Hickman, 14, will follow in the footsteps of some of Britain’s biggest sporting stars, such as swimmer Adam Peaty and heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson, in competing in the national multi-sport event.

Richardson, who studies at Springfield Secondary School, represents the Portsmouth North End club.

Freeman attends Miltoncross Academy and races for Solent Pirates.

And Cams Hill School student Hickman, who hails from Fareham, is a member of the Portsmouth-based i-Team club.

More than 1,400 athletes will compete across 11 sports, five of which include disability disciplines, at the School Games.

They will experience high-level competition and perform in front of huge crowds.

The 2018 School Games is backed by National Lottery funding from Sport England and Home Country Sports Councils and is delivered by the Youth Sport Trust.