The British Olympic Association have announced the athletes selected to represent Team GB at the second Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) from 16th-28th August 2014 in Nanjing, China.
Equestrian will be represented in Nanjing by seventeen year old showjumper Jake Saywell, who’s based in Nottinghamshire. Jake is one of 33 athletes aged 15-18 years old who will compete at Nanjing 2014, testing themselves against around 3,600 of the finest young sportspeople from more than 200 other nations around the world.
Commenting on his selection, Jake said; “It’s such an honour to be selected to compete for Team GB in Nanjing. My grandfather competed at an Olympic Games and my ambition is to one day follow in his footsteps so the Youth Olympic Games represent a big step towards that. I’m jumping well at the moment so I’m feeling confident going into the competition.”
Corinne Bracken, Team Leader for Equestrian; “Jake’s an immensely focused athlete and has shown from an early age that he has the potential to compete at an Olympics. He gets terrific support from his parents, who both jumped at international level, and grandfather, who was an Olympic athlete. Because of this family history, I think Jake really appreciates what a big deal Nanjing 2014 is.”
Sarah Winckless, Chef de Mission, said: “This is a great time to be a young British athlete and Nanjing 2014 provides the perfect springboard for budding Olympians to gain valuable experience at a multi-sport event and as part of Team GB.
“Youth Olympic Games such as Nanjing offer the chance for young athletes to experience life in an Olympic Village, mix with competitors from different sports and nationalities, and are given the chance to grow as individuals as well as athletes. These events have helped shape the careers of Team GB Olympic stars such as Jade Jones and we hope the same will be said for Nanjing.”