NAVY triathlete Steve Young will represent Great Britain in Beijing next month.
Steve, of Woburn Drive, Grantham, qualified in his age group for the grand final of the Triathlon ITU World Championships, to be held on September 10 and 11.
The 27-year-old will swim, cycle and run in search of a high placing.
He said: “It’s quite overwhelming to be in the top three in my age group in the country.
“It has taken me three years to get to this level – the elite level. If I’m successful, there’s no reason why I can’t go on to be a full-time elite athlete.”
Steve, a former Central School pupil, has been competing in triathlons for a relatively short period of time but has already achieved some remarkable results.
In March he won the Navy Duathlon Championships, qualifying for the inter-services event, where he finished third.
In the inter-services triathlon, held at Belvoir Castle earlier this month, Steve finished seventh and was third in the Navy section.
He said: “At school I was always a decent runner and represented England Schools at cross-country. I was always a decent swimmer as well.
“In the 90s it was not really a growing sport but three or four years ago I did a race in Gibraltar and ended up winning.”
He finished in the top 10 in his first triathlon in London.
Steve is training more professionally than ever before as he sets his sights on the world’s best in Beijing.
He said: “There’s no reason why, with the right training between now and September, I can’t challenge the best in the world.
“It’s an honour to represent Great Britain.”