Young triathlete Tyler Broome is on track to follow in the footsteps of his sporting heroes the Brownlee brothers — Olympic medallists Alistair and Jonny.
Tyler, 10, of Tuxford, is leading the British Triathlon East Midlands Junior series after victory in the latest event in the seven-race competition.
If his form continues and he wins the series, the Tuxford Primary Academy pupil could be selected for the British Triathlon development squad.
His aim is to make the regional academy.
Over the past two years he has consistently trained and gained experience in the sport’s three disciplines — swimming, cycling and running.
Tyler said: “Achieving personal bests and county medals keeps me motivated. As my mum always says, success breeds success.”
His mother, Dawn Johnson, said: “Trying to get the right balance with his training is the most difficult part, but Tyler seems to have a strong natural ability for all three disciplines and we haven’t identified a weakness yet.”
Tyler trains five days a week and has just started core training at the East Midlands Running Centre, Retford, under the guidance of GB runner John Beattie.
Tyler works with Mansfield Triathlon Club to improve his cycling, swims for Retford Swimming Club and runs for Worksop Harriers.
'I’m excited for Tyler and his future within British Triathlon'
His results for Harriers in county races also count towards his potential selection for the British Triathlon development squad.
Sponsorship from Retford Auto Electrical earlier this year helped to provide Tyler with a specialised Boardman Bike.
Dawn said: “It gave Tyler a psychological boost knowing someone believed in him. It started his year on the right footing.”
The youngster’s focus, as well as on the regional series, is to introduce open water training to his schedule and to gain qualifying times for the 200m swim and 1,500m run that could earn a place in the British Triathlon regional academy.
At the latest race in the East Midlands Series in Ashbourne, Tyler was sat on the shoulders of the lead runners in third place at the end of the first 1,200m run.
He moved up to second in the cycle section and exited the final transition in first place, leading from the front throughout in the second run to earn victory.
The next regional series race is at Clifton, Nottingham, on June 25.
In the first two races of the competition, which includes five triathlons and two duathlons, Tyler was second.
Last year the youngster missed out on third place in the regional series by just three points.
Dawn said: “I’m excited for Tyler and his future within British Triathlon.
“If he continues with his hard work and commitment, the sky is the limit for him.”