A young basketballer has been called up to play for England as they prepare for the European Championships later this year.
Evan Walshe, 15, has been selected for the England U16 squad after starring for Bucks Hornets, who are based in Aylesbury.
The Tring School pupil only started playing the sport three years ago but has already represented both the county and southern England regional team as captain.
Evan’s call-up came after he shone playing in a Regional Tournament held in September 2013.
And now he is training hard to prove himself worthy of staying in the squad ahead of the Euros in Macedonia this August.
He has survived the first two squad cuts and is down to the final 19, with 12 making up the Euro squad.
The humble teen said: “I would not have made it to this point without my coaches plus my fellow team mates at Bucks Hornets they have been like a family to me! My hope and dream is to pull on that Red Shirt in Macedonia and I am now working really hard to achieve this. I want to say a ‘Thank-You’ to the folks at Gym Works in Tring and my Teachers at Tring School who are supporting and encouraging me in my desire to play for England.
The humble teen said: “I would not have made it to this point without my coaches plus my fellow team mates at Bucks Hornets they have been like a family to me! My hope and dream is to pull on that red England shirt in Macedonia and I’m working really hard to achieve this.
“I want to say thank you to the folks at Gym Works in Tring and my teachers at Tring School who are supporting me in my desire to play for England.”
Evan now has a GB Basketball positional camp in February and then a final England U16 team camp in March before the final 12 are selected.
The youngster has worked hard to progress his game with the help of his club’s coaches Nigel Townsend and Lee McCarthy.
In addition Evan has also benefitted the England Basketball Regional Performance clinics run on a monthly basis.