Like father, like son! Mills on path to world stage

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Following in the footsteps of his father Danny, George Mills, 16, from Harrogate, is about to pull on an England kit and represent his country at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games.

George Mills, an 800m runner, has been selected as part of the Athletics team who will compete in Samoa.

George’s father, Danny, is a former Leeds United and England international footballer, who represented England at the 2002 World Cup in South Korea/Japan.

This year, George has been crowned English Schools’ champion and last year became the fastest teenager in Yorkshire for his age-group, breaking a Harrogate Harriers club record.

The 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa will be the running star’s first opportunity to compete in a multi-sport environment and will be important for his development.

George said: “The Commonwealth Games is a major global event and one that all athletes aim for, so the Youth Games is a great stepping stone.

“Being so far away from home, in a multi-sport, international environment is of course a daunting task, but I want to go there and develop as an individual, as well as an athlete.

“I can’t wait to pull on my England vest and represent my country, it will be amazing.

“I know Samoa is a long way from home, but it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for me and I intend to go there, win some medals and have some fun.

“With more hard work, I hope it is the start of many fantastic experiences at international level.

“Team England has shown such great support to all of us, the kit is great and we are so pleasantly surprised at how much there is.

“It’s amazing that, thanks to Team England, we get to travel across the world, experience competing in a different climate and against the world’s best young athletes.”

The fifth Commonwealth Youth Games will take place in the Samoan capital city of Apia from the September 5-11.

Around 1,000 athletes aged 14-18 will compete for 107 gold medals in nine sports.

England travelling delegation includes 60 athletes, representing eight sports (Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Lawn Bowls, Rugby 7s, Squash, Swimming and Weightlifting) with the team having always finished in the top three nations.

Some of England’s highest profile sports stars have appeared at the Commonwealth Youth Games including Jessica Ennis-Hill, Beth Tweddle, Danny Cipriani, Zoe Smith and James DeGale.

The Games has provided a number of England’s emerging talent with their first exposure to an international, multi-sport environment.