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St Albans teenager Alvis takes encouragement from School Games
12:40pm Friday 20th September 2013 in Sport
She may have missed out on gold but St Albans judoka Chloe Alvis admits there were no shortage of positives to take away from the Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games.
The 15-year-old was among more than 1,600 athletes competing across 12 different sports as Sheffield once again played host to the Games, having done so in 2011.
A group of Brazilian athletes also took part, invited ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympics, with Larissa Farias lining up against Alvis in the final of the 48kg category.
It was the South American who emerged victorious but for St George’s School pupil Alvis the experience was one to remember.
“The Brazilian girl was really strong and we had a close fight in the earlier rounds as well but her grip strength was really good and she was so powerful,” said Alvis.
“I got arm locked and I didn’t tap quick enough so I ended up hurting my arm but it was a really good experience.
“I will try not to leave my arm out next time, maybe I was a bit too determined not to tap but I can take a lot from my performances. It was really exciting to compete and it did feel like a mini Olympics.
“The whole England team cheering you on was really helpful but also quite scary at the same time and I am just so pleased to have a silver medal.”
Joining Alvis on the podium at the Games, supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, was Sir John Lawes School pupil Kelly Wright.
The 17-year-old overcame nerves to battle her way to bronze in the 70kg category and admitted she would take a lot of confidence from the result.
“The day was really busy because I had about six fights,” said Wright. “I was really pleased to get a medal because I didn’t think I would at the start because I was quite nervous.
“I was quite happy with my performances but I could have attacked more. I’m not going to be so negative before I start next time and just go for it.”
Elsewhere St Albans rugby player Lotte Clapp signed off her final School Games appearance with a bronze as her London South East team beat Irish Provinces 15-5 in the cup competition.
The Sainsbury's 2013 School Games, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, was held in venues across Sheffield from 12-15 September 2013. Visit www.2013schoolgames.com for more information.
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