Ednam swimmer Ryan Brown, 16, is one of 1,600 youngsters competing at this year’s Sainsbury’s 2014 School Games (September 4-7), a major multi-sport event for elite young athletes.
A member of Kelso ASC and the Borders Elite Swim Team, Ryan will represent Scotland South and East in swimming, just one of 12 sports being contested at the four-day event in Manchester, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust.
While at the event, Ryan will get a taste of the pressure and excitement of competing at a high level.
The teenager is looking to top off a successful season, having been crowned Scottish Junior Champion in 100m and 200m fly, as well as winning the 200m and 400m individual medley at the Commonwealth Trials this year.
A delighted Ryan said: “My main aim in September is to follow my race plan and perform as well as I can in my events.”
Sport stars who have competed at the games before going on to success at a senior level include number one GB heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Paralympic swimming gold medallist Ellie Simmonds.
Borderers are being urged to get behind Ryan via the Sainsbury’s Show your Support campaign.
People can pledge their messages of support, either online by using #2014SSG, or on the campaign website, www.2014schoolgames.com/support.
The messages will be broadcast on a giant screen on the Show your Support bus when it visits the games in September.