TWO South Tyneside teens will be flying the flag for their country after being called up to represent the nation in their chosen sports.
Adam Curry and Anthony Hogg are both celebrating after receiving confirmation letters of their selection to compete for their country.
Adam will be taking his place in the English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) team, while Anthony will represent Great Britain in athletics.
The achievements of the pair have been praised by staff at St Joseph’s Catholic Academy where they are both sixth form students.
It is the second time Adam, 17, from Jarrow, has been called up to the squad. He will head out onto the pitch next month in a friendly against Australia in Stafford before heading into training camp.
He will then represent England in the Centenary Shield.
The teenager who is studying sports, Spanish and psychology, said: “I played last year and after trials this year I have been selected for the team again.
“When the letter came I got my brother to open it as I was too nervous. It’s not often people get chosen twice in succession – it is just an amazing feeling.
“It is something I have always wanted and last year I was given the opportunity to captain the team, which was one of the proudest moments of my life.
“It’s just inspiring that I am playing in a team where the likes of Michael Owen started off his career.
“Professional football is something I want to do but I have my A-levels to do first.“
Anthony, 18, who is studying sports, psychology and biology, realised he had a passion for athletics four years ago while he was a student at Jarrow School.
His love for the sport was nurtured and he is now a member of the Gateshead Harriers.
After taking part in trials in Sheffield he will now take his place in the Great Britain team where he will compete in the heptathlon event in the U20/U23 Indoor Combined event being held in France next week.
Anthony said: “I knew if I wanted any chance of being selected for the team I would have to come within the top three in the event.
“It just feels great, it’s something I wanted all my life. It is the first time I have been selected to represent Great Britain – it’s just great. My family are really proud of me.”
As part of the heptathlon, Anthony will have to compete in the 60m, long jump, shot putt, high jump, pole vault, 60m and 1,000m.
Keeley Robson, sixth form pastoral leader, said: “Both students have applied to universities and are both managing to mix their commitments outside of school with their academic studies. All the staff are aware of the extra demands of their sports and do support them. They are both doing really well and are an inspiration to other students.”
Alicia Berry, assistant curriculum leader and PE teacher to both students, said: “It is a great achievement for both students and promotes participation in sport and shows what you can achieve. It’s lovely to see them doing so well.”