Teenager Nick Holt has been selected to respresent England on Saturday at a major athletics event.
Nick, 15, from Chesterfield, was chosen to represent his country at the Aviva U17 track and field Home Nations International after an excellent display of discus throwing at Gateshead last weekend.
A student at Newbold Community School, Nick began with Chesterfield Athletics Club but his discus work went on to the back burner when he started playing basketball for two clubs.
However, for the last three months he has been training 15 hours a week with Newbold School’s athletics club, under the guidance of PE teacher Becky Shepherd, and has rediscovered his throwing form.
He won the area trials at Mount St Mary’s College and went on to the area competition at Derby.
He came second in this competition and went on to compete at the inter-county competition at the Birmingham Alexandra Stadium.
Nick was selected for the English Schools’ Nationals at Gateshead for the Derbyshire team.
He was fourth in a very close competition (1st: 48.18, 2nd: 43.44, 3rd: 43.40, 4th: 43.03) and was then selected to represent England as he demonstrated natural ability and the most potential.
In the Home Nations event at the Cardiff International Sports Stadium, Nick will compete against the finest athletes aged U17 from England, All-Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
It is a magnificent achievement for a youngster who has trained on the school field on a discus circle that is not full size.
Nick, who has just finished his GCSE year, is due to start a sports course at Chesterfield College in September.
But this weekend, all eyes will be on Cardiff as Nick prepares to make his England debut.