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Young UK athletes compete in Brazil

Students take part in exchange programme with 2016 Olympics hosts.

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A group of young athletes from the UK have been given the chance to compete in the host nation for the next summer Olympics.

The young swimmers, volleyball players and beach volleyball players are taking part in the Brazilian School Games in Cuiaba over the coming days.

It follows the School Games finals in London in May, when 17 athletes from Brazil came to the UK to compete, taking home five gold medals.

Some of the UK athletes are also getting the chance to train at venues in Rio de Janeiro, where the 2016 Games will be held, including the Maria Lenk Aquatic Park.

The UK team is being managed by the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) and includes a number of national, Commonwealth, European and Youth Olympic champions, as well as London 2012 Olympic finalist Jessica Lloyd.

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Published 4 December 2012