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Kelly Sotherton Inspires Stars At Aviva Sportshall Final

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Olympic Bronze medallist Kelly Sotherton and young athletes from across the UK will today be descending on the LG Arena National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham for the final of the Aviva Sportshall UK Finals 2009.

Held each year in Birmingham, Sportshall is an indoor competition series that involves a series of regional finals for Under 13 and Under 15 year olds, competing in a variety of athletics disciplines, including sprinting, high jump and shot put.

Sportshall Athletics emphasises the importance of team competition, fair play and the fact that taking part and trying your hardest is more important than winning. The scheme was created in 1976 to introduce young people aged 9 to 15 to athletics, by making competitive athletic events as fun possible within a sports hall environment.

The grassroots event has given many elite UK athletes their first taste of athletics, including 2006 Commonwealth Champion and Olympic Bronze medallist Kelly Sotherton, Olympic Gold medallist Mark Lewis-Francis, European Silver medallist Jade Johnson and Nathan Douglas, who took Silver in the European Championships at Gothenburg in 2006.

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