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Issued: October 2, 2016

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West Hatch High School athlete in UK Sport 'talent spotting' scheme

Year 10 West Hatch High School student Danny Plunger has taken part in a series of rigorous physical fitness tests as part of UK Sport’s #DiscoverYourGold campaign. 

The scheme, the biggest multi-sport talent identification campaign in British history, registered 4,000 applications for 1,000 places across the country, targeting 15 to 24-year-olds to be fast-tracked into the world of high performance sport.

Danny’s parents registered his details that included his height, weight and sporting interests that include football, rugby and athletics. 

The successful application meant that Danny was one of about 20 young athletes selected for Phase 1 of the #DiscoverYourPower strand of the programme that targets untapped future talent in Track Cycling, Skeleton Bob and Canoeing. 

Danny, who was the youngest selected athlete, underwent a variety of tests for power and speed over three hours, with UK Sports Scientist monitoring his data. 

Watching on, West Hatch PE teacher Aaron D’Silva said: "I am so pleased I was made aware of Danny’s success and got to see it first-hand.

"To even get to this stage of a programme is a great experience for Danny and it is excellent to see him attempt to harness his huge sporting talent and physical attributes. 

"I wish him all the best for the future and who knows what his future holds. Lizzie Yarnold was part of a similar Talent ID scheme in 2008 and now has Olympic gold medal to her name."

Danny will find out if he has made it to Phase 2 in late November once tests have been analysed.
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