Ealing kayaker Trevor Thomson underline his potential by coming seventh in his final at the Olympic Hopes Regatta in the Czech Republic.
Representing GB, the 15-year-old from Ealing Canoe Club partnered Nottingham’s Max Littlewood in the U16 K2 1,000m and 500m and the pair were hugely impressive in the longer distance race in particular.
After finishing fourth in their 1km race heat, they went on to win their semi-final reach the A final and take their place among the world elite for their age group.
The competition in the 500m races turned out to be tougher, but Thomson and Littlewood still finished eighth in their semi-final, improving on their personal best time by 10 seconds.
Thomson was among 20 young GB hopefuls called up for the regatta held in Racice, which attracted more than 440 competitors from 22 countries, including Australia, the USA and South Africa.
The latest results will give the youngster further encouragement in his bid to make a mark in the sport.
In August, he competed in the Kayak Marathon National Championships, where he finished eighth out of 51 in the K1 event and took bronze in the K2.
That earned him a spot in the GB Junior Development team for the French National Championships next month.
* FORMER St Benedict’s School pupil Nick Romain had to settle for a frustrating 17th place with his team-mate Sam Plummer in the in the K2 class at the World Marathon Canoe Championships.
Romain, of Richmond Canoe Club, and Plummer, of Leighton Buzzard Canoe Club, collided with the Italian team 15km into last week’s race in Denmark and capsized.
They were well placed in eighth at the time, but came home three minutes 56 seconds behind the winners.