LUCY-JANE Matthews has been called up to represent Great Britain in the 100m hurdles, at the European Youth Championships in Gyor, Hungary, which run from July 5 to July 8.

At 15 years old she is the youngest member of the under-18 squad and the only one still at school.

Matthews, from Salisbury, who attends St Edmunds School and trains in Southampton is best known as a combined eventer, but has always shown a natural talent for hurdling.

As a 12-year-old, she broke the UK record for under-13 60m hurdles.

In order to be considered for selection for the European Youth Championships, she was required to run consistently under the qualifying time of 13.80 seconds. She retained a 100 per cent record securing times faster than this in all of her races, culminating with a win at the under-18 national trials in Bedford in June.

Matthews is very much looking forward to the experience and is thrilled to achieve her dream of becoming a Great Britain international athlete and looks forward to what the future holds.

He event is on Saturday and the championships feature over 1,000 young athletes from 50 countries is for athletes born in 2001 or 2002.

Matthews said: “Despite it being a long shot back in the spring, I have targeted qualification for these championships at the expense of everything else this season. I have put my heart and soul into every training session and executed my competition plan and am completely thrilled to make the team. It’s such a huge honour to be selected for your country and I am looking forward to enjoying the whole experience."