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Lawson Capes is chosen by England Athletics for their Under 18 squad to compete at the Växjö International in Sweden

A Bourne Grammar School pupil is following in his family's famous footsteps after earning England selection.

Lawson Capes has been chosen to represent his country in the shot put in the Under 18 age group for the Växjö International in Sweden next month.

The teenager is the grandson of former British shot putter and strongman Geoff Capes while his dad, Lewis, also has a strong sporting pedigree as both an athlete and professional American Football player.

Lawson Capes.
Lawson Capes.

While admitting to being 'pleasantly surprised' by his son's selection for the Under 18 age group while only being 15-years-old, he was delighted Lawson's hard work had come to fruition.

Lewis said: "We are delighted to announce Lawson has been selected by England Athletics to throw in the Under 18 age group in Sweden next month.

"This is a pleasant surprise but great to see England Athletics has seen the hard work, focus and sacrifices he has made to throw as far as he does.

"It is a great achievement for him to be selected so early after only turning 15-years-old.

"We would like to thank everyone involved in his successful journey so far, especially family and his sponsors.

"We look forward to 2024 and 2025 after a record-setting season in 2023 - another Capes is coming!"

Lawson is among 15 young athletes who will compete across shot put, discus and javelin at the unique indoor arena.

The competition provides an outstanding opportunity for the Under 18 and Under 20 contingent to learn about international competition culture, working with team staff and travelling across the globe.

Nick Ridgeon, event group lead for throws, commented: "Congratulations to all of the selected throwers, their personal coaches and support teams.

"The team is comprised of throwers hoping to be selected for the World Athletics Under 20 Championships and the European Under 18 Championships this summer.

"It is my hope that the team perform to the best of their ability so we have a good idea of where they are very early on this season are able to identify key ways they need to develop ahead of being at their best at national and hopefully international championships in the summer."

Lewis' older brother, Donovan, is also a top ranked thrower in the United Kingdom and has four England international appearances under his belt.

His performances saw him offered a full athletic scholarship with Adams State University in Colorado, America.

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