Molly Caudery spoke of her pride at being named as the youngest athlete to represent England at the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Australia next year.
The 17-year-old Cornwall AC pole vaulter from Illogan, near Redruth, will have just celebrated her 18th birthday when the Games commence in April.
“I honestly can’t quite believe it!” said Caudery, who was officially named in the 75-strong squad earlier this week.
“I got a ’phone call a couple of weeks ago and I’ve had to keep the news quiet, which was quite hard for me because I couldn’t contain my excitement.
“This is my first senior England vest so it’s going to be such an honour to wear it. I feel like this is the next step in my career as it’s no longer a junior meet.
“I’ve worked so hard throughout this year and the outcomes have really payed off. I’m going to be the youngest athlete in the team so I’m going to go and enjoy myself, get an incredible experience and hopefully compete and do well along the journey.
“I’m just overjoyed that me and my family can share this moment and that I can share this experience together with my dad (Stuart Caudery, who is also Molly’s coach) as I couldn’t have done any of this without him.”
Molly and Stuart are currently in America where she has been on a mini tour to the Universities of Georgia, Kentucky and Florida State, as they are all offering scholarships to allow her to pursue her athletics career across the Atlantic.
Also booking their seat on the ’plane to Australia are University of Bath-based athletes Emily Diamond, David King and Tom Gale, while alumni Danny Talbot, Jack Green and Rosie Clarke have also been announced in the Team England squad.