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harper leigh tackles the eyof


Harper Leigh Tackles the EYOF

Harper Leigh has been selected to represent Team GB at the Summer Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Banská Bystrica.

Harper Leigh is one of two badminton players who have travelled to Slovakia today, joining England's Varsha Kumar.

Team GB have sent a 40-strong squad to the biennial event with five sports represented as Harper is joined by cyclists, gymnasts, judokas and swimmers.

Reflecting on his selection, Harper said: “I'm proud to be representing Great Britain at the European Youth Olympic Festival. I've been competing in Europe more recently and I think I'm well prepared. I'm looking forward to competing at such a high level. I'll try my very best and hopefully bring home a medal"

Harper will hope to follow in the footsteps of other British athletes who have attended past festivals and gone on to represent Team GB at the Olympic Games.

Double Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Rebecca Adlington was part of the Paris 2003 festival, with sprinter Dina Asher-Smith competing in Trabzon in 2011.

This year Harper has won medals at U17 International Competitions reaching the final of the Olve and Adria U17 Opens and will have another opportunity to measure himself against Europe’s best young athletes at the Games.

Harper will be supported by Josh Neil from Badminton Scotland who will act as Team GB’s Team Leader for badminton.

He said: “I am delighted to have been selected as the Team Leader for badminton at the European Youth Olympic Festival for Team GB.

“We have chosen two players who have shown they are capable of competing at this level of event and I look forward to working with them and helping them learn from the experience.”