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Dagenham’s Lee joins Great Britain’s Academy team

PUBLISHED: 18:00 22 July 2011

George Lee and store manager Kevin Kappers

George Lee and store manager Kevin Kappers

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Dagenham’s aspiring martial artist, George Lee has made a big move to Manchester after being invited to join the Great Britain’s Academy team as part of the World Class Performance Programme.

After winning the under-17’s category at the Junior Commonwealth Games in January, George’s main focus now is October, where he is hoping to be selected for the Junior European Championships in Cyprus.

The 16-year-old will join the rest of the elite athletes on the programme on a 12-month contract, which he hopes will move him further towards his dream of competing in the 2016 Olympic Games.

As one of the region’s brightest young sporting hopefuls, Lee benefits from the support of SportsAid and the Asda Sporting Chance scheme, which sees him ‘adopted’ by the Dagenham store and provided with a £500 donation for training and equipment.

He also receives ongoing support and additional fundraising from all the Asda Dagenham colleagues.

“I couldn’t believe it when I first got the call inviting me to Manchester,” said Lee.

“There’s going to be a lot of hard work involved, but I can’t wait to get stuck in and meet all of the other athletes.

“I will miss Dagenham, but will visit home as much as I can.”

Store manager, Kevin Kappes added: “George is an outstanding young star and a real asset to our community.

“To be invited on to the World Class Performance Programme reflects the hard work that he has put into competing and we are all looking forward to following his progress.”


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