An 80-member athlete contingent makes England the 2nd largest team competing in the Commonwealth Youth Games starting in Pune in just under a weeks time. The England athletes will compete in all nine of the sporting disciplines on the Pune programme - athletics, badminton, boxing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, tennis, weightlifting and wrestling.
The Commonwealth Youth Games have already proved a valuable first experience of an international multi-sports event for many young athletes.Boxer James DeGale struck gold for Team England at the last Commonwealth Youth Games in Bendigo in Australia four years ago before winning bronze at the senior Commonwealths in Melbourne in 2006 and then Olympic gold in Beijing in August.
Gymnast Louis Smith also won gold on the pommel horse in Bendigo and then gold in Melbourne two years ago. This summer he became the first Briton to