Matthew is targeting School Games glory

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Grantham’s Matthew Leete is currently chasing success at the Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games in Manchester.

As one of the 1,600 athletes taking part in this year’s Games, 15-year-old Matthew, from King’s School, Grantham, will represent the England Midlands squad at table tennis.

In total, 12 sports, seven of which include disability disciplines, will be contested at the four-day spectacular, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust.

In taking part, Matthew follows in the footsteps of some of Britain’s biggest sporting stars including Paralympic champions Hannah Cockroft, Ellie Simmonds and Jonnie Peacock, world-record breaking swimmer Adam Peaty, heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson, World Junior Champion heptathlete and high jumper Morgan Lake and sprinter Adam Gemili, who all competed at the School Games before going on to elite success with Team GB and ParalympicsGB.

At the event, which began yesterday and concludes on Sunday, Matthew will experience the excitement of competing at the highest level.

He will live within the Athletes’ Village, attend show-stopping opening and closing ceremonies.

He will also perform in front of a crowd of thousands at world class sports facilities in Manchester.

Matthew said: “I am really happy to be taking part in the School Games.

“I am training hard, putting in my preparation and I look forward to competing.”