BEACONSFIELD Squash Club have had their first ever England call-up in the shape of 12-year-old James Wyatt.
Wyatt, from Seer Green, has been selected to represent his country in the U13 Five Nations Squash Championships, which runs from tomorrow until Monday.
The tournament, held at the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff, sees England play Wales, Scotland, Ireland and France.
It has been the fine recent vein of form from the youngster that has caught the eye following an impressive six months.
Bronze at the Swiss Open and silver in the Canadian Open last year were soon followed by his maiden European title, the Scottish Open, at the turn of 2012.
He has thrived since then with wins at the Czech Open and the German Open in March.
These performances mean he is ranked second in both England and Europe despite being the youngest in his U13 age group. And he is likely to rise to the summit of both tables later this year when the top-rankers are required to move up into the next age group due to being older.
Having already represented Buckinghamshire in cricket and South of England schools in rugby, a first full England cap represents a new challenge for the talented all-rounder.
“I’m very excited, it means a lot to me. It’s definitely my highlight so far,” said Wyatt, who attends Davenies School in Beaconsfield.
He trains every day with coaches Andy Longman and ex-England captain and World over-35 bronze medallist Clive Ewins.
And it is this dedication that has seen him scale new heights.
“I am very proud. He is just so determined and committed,” said his father, Mark. “Ever since he was a small boy he was desperate to play for England and he has achieved his ambition so early.”
With the Dutch Junior Open and the Pioneer Cup in Cologne both coming up in the summer Wyatt has an exciting time ahead.
And with squash making a strong push for inclusion in the 2020 Olympics he could be at the right age to become the sport’s first British Olympian.
“Hopefully he will be under consideration – it’s still a long way off but you never know,” added Mark.