Sunderland schoolboy to run at Olympic stadium

Michael Wilson of Middleton Close, Seaton, Seaham, who has been chosen to run at the Olympic stadium representing North East Schools

Michael Wilson of Middleton Close, Seaton, Seaham, who has been chosen to run at the Olympic stadium representing North East Schools

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SCHOOLBOY Michael Wilson is looking forward to the experience of a lifetime when he competes at the new Olympic stadium.

The St Aidan’s RC pupil has been chosen to represent the North of England in the 1,500m race at the 2012 School Games in London next week.

The event, which aims to mirror the Olympics and Paralympics, will have its own opening and closing ceremonies and will be watched by 35,000 people.

Michael, 16, who is ranked sixth in the country for junior 800m runners, will be hoping to bring home a gold medal back to the region.

The youngster’s talent for running was first spotted by a teacher at St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School in Seaham when he took part in an inter-schools event.

Now he is a member of the Sunderland Harriers, English Schools Junior Boys’ Bronze 800m Medalist and three times Durham County Schools’ 800m champion.

Mum Anne, 50, an administrator, said: “When he found out he had been chosen it was amazing. He is so thrilled. It is such a huge honour to be chosen to take part in the games.

“I am really proud of him, but mostly I am just happy for him because he thoroughly deserves this. He is so dedicated and committed to his running.

“We don’t know where he gets if from because there is no athletic background in the family whatsoever.”

Michael, who lives with Anne, lecturer dad Neil, and 13-year-old brother, Daniel, in Seaton, will travel down to London with the Northern team on Sunday where he will join 1,600 young sportspeople to take part in the opening ceremony.

His family will be in the stadium to watch him compete on Wednesday.

All the events in the 2012 School Games will be held in the main Olympic venues including the Aquatics Centre, Velodrome, ExCeL Centre and the Olympic Stadium. Young people will be taking part in athletics, swimming, cycling, fencing, rugby sevens, gymnastics, hockey, badminton, judo, table tennis, volleyball and wheelchair basketball.

St Aidan’s RC School, in Ashbrooke, was notified of Michael being chosen to take part in the games through a letter from MP Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport.

It read: “This is a fantastic achievement which reflects not only the individual efforts of your pupil, but also the support of your school in helping them balance their educational and sporting commitments.”

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