Plymouth’s Arnott named in Team England squad for Commonwealth Games

CITY of Plymouth sprinter James Arnott has been selected to represent England at his second Commonwealth Games.

Arnott won a silver medal in the men’s T46/T47 100m in Australia four years ago and he will now get the chance to compete at a home Games after been named in the 21-strong Team England para-athletics squad for Birmingham 2022 on Thursday.

“Honoured to be selected for my second Commonwealth Games,” he said. “Buzzing to wear the lion again.”

Arnott features in a strong England squad that also includes Paralympic champions Sophie Hahn, Thomas Young, and Hannah Cockroft.

Kelly Sotherton, England’s team leader for athletics at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome these 21 athletes to Team England after they accepted invitations to what promises to be an incredibly exciting Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

“This team represents a wonderful blend of youth and experience, and we know these athletes can’t wait to represent England this summer. We look forward to supporting them both in the lead-up to, and during, the Games in front of a home crowd in Birmingham.”

Team England’s Chef de Mission, Mark England, added: “Team England has a rich history in para-athletics and I am delighted to welcome our athletes for the home Games in Birmingham this summer.

“The Alexander Stadium home crowd will be right behind the team and I’m hopeful that we’ll see success as our athletes aim to ‘Bring It Home’ in Birmingham.”

Arnott, who has limited movement in his left shoulder due to Erbs Palsy, ran a season’s best of 11.49 seconds earlier this month at the Kettering Town Open Meet and will be looking to challenge his PB of 11.24 seconds later this year.

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