Lincolnshire's Luke Outram, 17, to take part in junior world water-ski championships
A teenage water-skier from Gainsborough is set to take on the world in Australia next month.
Luke Outram, 17, from Kexby, will take part in the junior world water-ski championships after being selected to represent Great Britain during the four-day competition.
He will compete in three disciplines – tricks, slalom and jump.
And the Lincoln Castle Academy student says he can't wait to get on his skis.
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"I am ecstatic to have been selected," he said.
"The whole competition will be a brilliant experience for me and will be something to tell people about when I get older.
"I found out I had been selected when I got a letter in the post.
"I couldn't believe it when I was reading it.
"It was quite near to my birthday so that was a nice present.
"The fact the competition is being held in Australia makes it even more special and I can't wait to get out there now."
Luke has been water-skiing since the age of 3 and developed his skills by training predominantly at Hazelwood Ski World in Thorpe-on-the-Hill.
"I have only really taken it seriously since I was about 12 or 13," he said.
"The adrenalin rush I get when I'm on the water is amazing, but it is also the sense of achievement that I love.
"The social side of the sport is great too."
The 17-year-old has already competed in European championships in Holland and in various competitions through- out the UK.
"I have got some personal aims for this competition," he said. "I want to reach those and then I won't be far away.
"After this tournament, I will progress to the under-21 age group which will be tough but I am looking forward to it."
The world championships, held in Mulwala, New South Wales, take place between February 20 and 24.
The British Water-Ski Federation will pay for competition fees, but all other costs must be met by the competitors.
But proud father Rob says it is worth every penny to see his son competing on the world stage.
"We have probably spent about £2,500 on this trip for him," he said. "But it will be worth it for the experience he gains.
"I am very proud to see him going off to Australia to compete in the world championships, it is a fantastic achievement.
"Our daughter Sanchia also competes and hopefully she will be competing at a similar level when she is old enough."