After dominant victories by England men and women in the School Games gymnastics competitions last year, they will be hoping for a repeat performance at the Bolton Arena in September.
This year the team includes returning talent Tom Nicolaou. Tom is a veteran of the School Games having made his debut for England at the age of 12 at the 2011 event in Sheffield. In 2014, he bagged a silver medal in the men's all-round and took home gold in the vault event scoring an impressive 14.900 points.
City of Birmingham star Joshua Nathan was another vital part of the victorious England team in 2014, coming fourth in the men's all-around competition at the Phones 4 U Arena. Since then the 15-year-old has represented Great Britain at the 2015 U16 British Championships, where he was Individual Apparatus Floor and Pommel Horse Champion, as well as all-round runner up. The ambitious teenager has his sights firmly set on competing in the gymnastics at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and is hoping that the Sainsbury's 2015 School Games will take him one step closer to his dream.
Joining the defending champions this year is new edition Jamie Lewis. The 14-year-old from Woking pipped his England teammate Joshua to the top spot at the 2015 U16 British Championships, claiming first place in the all-round competition. Jamie's talent has also caught the eye of three-time London 2012 Olympic medallist Louis Smith, who tipped the youngster for success during an interview with a national newspaper
. Over the past few years Jamie has steadily progressed through the ranks, claiming numerous titles and records including the U14 British Championship in 2014, where he notched up a British best score of 82.2.
Contending England women's top spot this year at the Bolton Arena are two impressive Welsh talents Maisie Methuen and Latalia Bevan.
Maisie, who clinched a podium place at last year's School Games, has enjoyed an incredible 2015 so far. The 14-year-old collected a bundle of medals at the British Championships in March, including silver in the women's all-around competition and in the beams, as well as bronze on the floor. Both Maisie and Latalia got a taste of international competition as part of the winning Great Britain team at a four-way international against Germany, Italy and Brazil in Ipswich this July. They both competed in the School Games in 2013 and 2014 and will be hoping that their experience will make it third time lucky for Wales in September.
Also eager to bring home the title for her team is Scottish rising star Louise McColgan. In February the 13-year-old made a clean sweep of gold medals in the individual apparatus finals at the Scottish National Gymnastics Championships. After a fantastic fourth place performance at the British Championships this summer Louise has been selected to be part of the Junior European British Squad. Louise's success in 2015 so far will leave her full of confidence heading into this year's School Games.
You can catch all 40 promising athletes battle it out at the Bolton Arena in Greater Manchester on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 September. Providing support and advice during the Games will be Welsh rhythmic gymnastics Commonwealth medallist Frankie Jones.
A full squad list can be found below:
Casey Jo Bell