A TALENTED former Maldon student has been selected to represent Great Britain in the third-largest sporting event in the world.

Former Plume Academy student Dalia Baker, 17, has received the news she has been chosen to play footballer for team GB in the Maccabiah Games in Israel this summer.

The large sporting event rivals the Olympics and Commonwealth games.

The Maccabiah Games is an international Jewish and Israeli multi-sport event now held every four years in Israel.

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It is the third-largest sporting event in the world with 10,000 athletes competing.

Dalia's former school is supporting the young footballer.

It says she is absolutely thrilled to be going to Israel in July with very high hopes for the GB team.

Carl Wakefield, head of Plume Academy, said: "I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere congratulations on your selection Dalia to the GB squad for the upcoming Maccabiah Games – you and your family must be incredibly proud.

"We are too of course and we very much look forward to hearing all about it after the games have drawn to a conclusion."

A fundraiser has now been launched to support Dalia in the games.

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She is looking at doing fundraisers to help with costs and says she is working with some people to make this happen.

Dalia's dad David Baker, Chelmer Radio CEO, is also helping the teen with her fundraisers.

On the fundraising page, Dalia said: "Please help and support me in this incredible opportunity.

"I have been chosen to represent GB in football and want to come home a winner."

A spokesman for Plume Academy added: "This is indeed a very proud moment for everyone associated with Dalia and all those here at the academy wish her the very best of luck."

To help Dalia raise the funds for her place in the GB team, visit the JustGiving page online at bit.ly/3uabN43.