England call-up for Weaver
His father rode more than 1,000 winners during his career as a jockey, but Max Weaver is plotting a route to the top of a different sport.
The 15-year-old, son of now ITV pundit Jason Weaver, has been making a big impression out on the golf course over recent months.
And now his country has come calling, with Weaver preparing to represent England Under-18 Boys when they take on their Welsh counterparts at Llanwern Golf Club in Newport on August 27.
“I am buzzing,” said the member of The Links in Newmarket, who also has a golf scholarship at Culford School.
“It is a really exciting time and to think I am one of the top players in the country in my age group is amazing.
“There will be a little bit of nerves, but I will go there and take in all the information I am given.
“Hopefully I can relax and do my thing. As long as I do my best and what has got me this far, then I will be happy.
“Golf has always been my preferred sport – now the hard work starts.”
Weaver’s path to international recognition started when he finished fourth at the South East Schools Championships in Bury St Edmunds early last month.
That secured him a place in the ESGA National Boys’ Championship at The Shire London, where his performance was enough to rubber stamp his spot in the England squad.
“I played really well in the qualifying round at Bury and again at The Shire,” he added.
“It was a big national event so to perform to a good level there was really pleasing.
“I finished in a position where I had done enough to get in the squad, but to have it eventually confirmed by the selectors was the best feeling.”
Weaver’s inclusion in the England set-up is all the more impressive when considering he has not long returned to action from a serious knee injury.
He spent six months not being able to properly compete, leaving the teenager keen to make up for lost time.
“It was frustrating but there was nothing I could do about it,” he said.
“After a while I could putt and chip, but not play any long shots.
“I missed playing and now I am out playing in competitions most weekends and sometimes during the week.
“I would love to make a career as a golfer – hopefully this is just the start.”