Will Kemp from Richard Lander school in Truro could be a future Olympian rower
A LONG-ARMED Truro schoolboy has been spotted as a possible future Olympian.
Will Kemp, from Richard Lander School, could train to be an elite rower after Olympic scouts visited the school.
The 16-year-old could now follow in the footsteps of Olympic champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, who were also discovered through the GB Rowing Team Starts programme.
The programme recruits young people with exceptional natural potential who, with the right training, could become international rowers.
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Will was tested through various strength, endurance and fitness activities and measurements revealed that, unusually, his arm span was 3in longer than his 6ft 2in frame.
The young athlete has been offered a place at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire, a further education establishment which specialises in sports training.
There, his rowing training would begin with three sessions a week, building up to training every day. Will would also study for A-levels and is hoping to take biology, chemistry, history and PE.
Will said: "I'm delighted to be given the opportunity to attend Hartpury College to improve my rowing ability.
"Scholarship permitting, I will definitely take up this chance. I can't wait until March 8 when I'll visit and see their facilities."
Will said his ultimate dream was now to win an Olympic gold medal.
Steve Mulcahy, head teacher at Richard Lander, said: "We're really pleased that several students were selected to enter the rowing trials and that Will has been identified as having potential elite-level talent.
"He's a terrific athlete and we wish him well – a potential Olympian, perhaps."