For many 16-year-olds, the prospect of gathering their GCSE outcomes is sufficient to immediate some severe nail-biting.
However for one proficient racket sports activities participant, anticipation is rising as he additionally prepares to signify his nation on the world stage.
Ross Wilson, from Lowestoft, has been chosen for Crew GB’s U16s first staff as they jet off for the Racketlon World Championships to be held in Zurich from August 22 to 26.
Having first tried his hand at racket sports activities when he was six-years-old, Ross has progressed to turn out to be an achieved competitor in tennis, badminton, squash and desk tennis. His skills drew him to Racketlon, which sees the 4 sports activities performed in sequence and the participant with essentially the most factors wins.
Because the event and outcomes day loom massive, Ross is readying himself for what is about to be a pivotal month.
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‘I am not really certain which I am extra nervous about,’ stated Ross. ‘GCSEs are clearly a giant a part of my life so the outcomes most likely have the sting.
‘In addition to being nervous for the worlds I am actually excited. I represented GB for the primary time final yr and you actually do get a thrill out of it, so it is nice to have the ability to signify my nation once more.
‘Ideally I might wish to win however it’ll be powerful as a result of there’s some nice opposition from all over the world collaborating.’
Regardless of the game’s low profile, Ross has been enjoying Racketlon for the final 5 years and has loved success on the nationwide and worldwide stage.
In April he grew to become British U16 champion and took the title within the males’s B class – elevating him to twenty seventh within the UK senior rankings.
Ross additionally got here fourth in the identical class at a pre-world championships warm-up occasion in Manchester, the place there was ample proof that the game is flourishing.
‘There have been a great deal of new faces in Manchester and the game undoubtedly appears to be rising,’ added father Andy Wilson, who will journey to Switzerland alongside Ross. ‘Plenty of kids are coming by means of and, as Racketlon is self-funded, UK Racketlon is pushing for elevated recognition.
‘It is an ideal achievement for Ross to be chosen once more for what’s a extremely close-knit staff.’
Ross and Mr Wilson want to thank coaches Mark Websdale, Gareth Bowker and George Caplin for his or her continued help.