A TEENAGE javelin thrower who was delighted after being selected to represent Greater Manchester is looking to follow in the footsteps of his dad.

Lewis Forster, 13, a member of Leigh Harriers & A.C, recently prevailed in the Greater Manchester School's Championships in the under-15 age group, with a throw length of 43m 68.

Lewis, who has enjoyed other county level success, is coached by his dad Simon at the club, who is also a former English Schools Champion himself and became Nation Champion in the same age category when he was 14.

Lewis is a pupil in year nine at Lowton High School and received a letter from the English Schools Amateur Athletic Association, stating he had been selected to represent Greater Manchester in the javelin event in the under 15 age group.

These will take place at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham on July 12 and 13.

The ESAA National Championships are the fourth largest athletics event in the world and are staged each year.

Dad Simon said: "He is over the moon and he is bouncing off the walls.

"The hardest part is being selected, actually getting in is the hardest thing. They have such high standards to get in.

"He has been doing javelin for five years. He went to Harriers club and after a few weeks they asked me to coach.

"He had a bit of an influence from myself. He wants to break my record and he's well on his way!

"His ambition is to make the 2028 Olympics!"