THIS summer’s Paralympic Games may have come too soon for wheelchair basketball player Ella Beaumont, but she has set her sights on gold at next week’s School Games.
Beaumont will be representing England South at the event in the ExCel exhibition centre in London, and is aiming to build on the bronze which she claimed in last year’s competition.
“This season has been a really busy one with all the Paralympic preparation but I have always been looking forward to the School Games,” she said.
“All the GB team have been split up and have been playing in an internal league to prepare for London 2012 and it has been my first year fully involved with it all.
“This means it has been tough at times but it has been a great learning experience and I feel that I have learnt so much and am better for it.
“I intend to take all of that to the School Games and hopefully turn last year’s bronze into gold.
“England North are looking pretty good but I don’t see why we can’t be up there challenging again and I would love to come back with the gold this time around.”
Tring Park pupil Beaumont will be starring at the ExCeL less than three months before the Olympics get under way and four months before the Paralympics take centre stage.
And she is adamant she will make the most of this opportunity ahead of returning to the capital as a spectator for the Games.
“It is amazing to think that I will be competing in a London 2012 venue and I feel very lucky to have the chance,” she added.
“I have some tickets to the basketball at London 2012 but hopefully I can leave my own mark on it at the School Games.”
The Sainsbury’s 2012 School Games is being held in the Olympic Park and at other venues from May 6 to May 9, with school-aged elite athletes competing across 12 sports.
Visit www.2012schoolgames.com for more information.