Langdon School girl beats Arsenal player
Newham schoolgirl Jaspreet Sagoo took on former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour at an Olympic sport - and won.
The 15-year-old Langdon School pupil and the “Romford Pele” went head-to-head at Newham Archers in East Ham when they took part in a radio contest.
Every week on Talksport, Olympic gold medallist Tessa Sanderson hosts a programme called Tessa’s Tests where a top coach trains one of the radio presenters in an Olympic discipline and pits them against a young hopeful.
Jaspreet said: “He was trying to say ‘I’m better than you’ and trying to psyche me out. But it didn’t work because I shoot better under pressure.
“I was excited and nervous but it was great – and the best thing was Tessa told me I had been accepted into her academy. Now I can really aim for 2016.”
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Despite the fact Jaspreet had a target a quarter of the size of Ray’s and was ten yards further away, she still hit the bullseye three times while Ray only managed to hit it twice.
Tessa said: “She has real potential and could go all the way.
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“She loved the event, and we loved it, especially when she got the bullseye. She just blew me away.”
The Tessa Sanderson Foundation and Academy is a charity which helps talented young athletes with funding and advice so they can reach their sporting potential.