UK School Games kicks off in Sheffield - YOUR UPDATES, MESSAGES AND PHOTOS

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THE UK School Games opened in Sheffield on Thursday night as the city welcomed 1,600 elite school-aged athletes for the four-day event.

The event kicked off in style with a host of Olympic and Paralympic stars joining in the opening ceremony celebrations at the Motorpoint Arena.

12 sports will feature in the games which will run for the next three days at various venues around the city, including Ponds Forge, the English Institute of Sport and Don Valley Stadium.

We will be following the games closely over the weekend, especially the fate of our own Sheffield youngsters Natalie Chan-Lam, Natalia Hackett, Tegan Turner-Clarke, Hannah Saville, Jack Waring, Eric Wan, Andrew Gould, Richard Lee, Adam Khan and Joe Littler. Check back for progress reports and exclusive video footage from inside the games. Also catch our reports and special supplements exclusively in The Star this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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UK SCHOOL GAMES 2011 - LIVE IN SHEFFIELD

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Friday September 2 - 8.22am

TEGAN TURNER-CLARKE (16-year-old swimming competitor) via text message: “I’m up for morning training and off to the pool. The session starts at 10am and I’m in the first event - excited!”

Friday September 2 - 9.33am

NATALIE HACKETT (15-year-old Athletics competitor) via text message: “We’re having a great time here. Just had breakfast as it was a late night after last night’s opening ceeremony. Now getting ready to go to the track with the team and do some training.”

Friday September 2 - 9.52am

JACK WARING (16-year-old wheelchair basketball competitor) via text message: “Currently on the bus to the first day at the Motorpoint Arena!”

Friday September 2 - 11am

JACK WHARING via text message: “Just had a session on psychology and now watching the volleyball competitions. We’re waiting patiently (!!) for our games to start :)

Friday September 2 - 7.15pm

NATALIA HACKETT via text message: “Spent all morning at Don Valley Stadium training and attending a workshop about anti-doping. Dinner was really nice and then just been into the athlete’s lounge. The atmosphere is mint and really looking forwatd to race on Sunday!

Friday September 2 - 3pm

JACK WHARING via text message: “First game nearly over, it’s currently drawing...”

Friday September 2 - 8pm

JACK WHARING via text message: “Lost our first game, was a good game and only just lost, really enjoyable game and everyone played their heart out.”

Saturday September 3 - 7.36am

TEGAN TURNER-CLARKE (16-year-old swimming competitor) via text message: “Just on my way to the pool, everyone is nervous, wish us luck for the day!”

Saturday September 3 - 7.45am

JACK WHARING via text message: “Up for day 2! In the wheelchair basketball lounge.”

Saturday September 3 - 4pm

NATALIA HACKETT via text message: “First day of athletics has come to an end. Team Gateshead won lots of medals so should be up with a chance of winning but it depends on how we get on tomorrow.”

Saturday September 3 - 6.15pm

JACK WHARING via text message: “Just won our last game against Wales! Means we finish 5th overall!”

Sunday September 4 - 9.30am

JACK WHARING via text message: “Last day today! Hope the finals are a game to watch!!”

Send us your updates, messages and photos to nik.brear@sheffieldnewspapers.co.uk