Teenager secures place in Team GB

15 september 2011.'Leeds synchro divers Rebecca Gallantree, left, and Alicia Blagg at the John Charles Centre for Sport.

15 september 2011.'Leeds synchro divers Rebecca Gallantree, left, and Alicia Blagg at the John Charles Centre for Sport.

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A TEENAGE girl has made Team GB in the Olympic achievement of a lifetime.

Diving sensation Alicia Blagg, 15, said she wanted to jump for joy on finding out that she would be taking part in this summer’s games.

She said: “I cannot wait to take part this summer. Words can’t even begin to describe how excited I am.”

Rothwell-born Alicia, who is a pupil at Royds Specialist Language College, Oulton, said being chosen as one of the youngest members of Team GB was incredible, especially with it being the host-year for the UK.

She said: “It’s a home games, something that won’t happen again in the time that I’ll be diving, so I’m just going to soak up every single opportunity.

“I’m only 15 so hopefully I’ll have plenty more Olympic Games in me in the future, but just to get to this one is incredible.”

The youngster became the first product of British Diving’s talent identification programme to win a senior national title aged just 13, and secured her place at the Games by winning the three metre synchro title at the British Gas National Championships last month with partner Rebecca Gallantree.

Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week took place from 25-29 June 2012 and is Britain’s biggest school sport event with more than four million pupils staging their own Games this year. Find out more at lloydstsb.com/london2012.

l See pages 28 & 29 as the My Wakefield feature focuses on Rothwell throughout July.