LACHLAN Moorhead, from Penistone, has been selected to represent England in judo at this month’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
The 22-year-old, who is the current British champion, has been selected in the under 81kg category for the event which runs from July 28 to August 8.
Lachlan said: “While I was hopeful about being chosen, it’s not an automatic thing.
“It’s never 100 per cent known and confirmed until the announcement is officially made.
“I’d just got back to the UK from a competition in Mongolia when I heard I’d been selected.
“I’m pretty pleased as it’ll be my first time competing in the Commonwealth Games and to have it on British soil will be a bonus, as my friends and family will be there to cheer me on.”
As well as studying business management at the University of Birmingham, Lachlan is an ambassador for charity If U Care Share which raises awareness of male suicide and mental health issues.
He said: “I’m very privileged never to have gone through mental health issues, but admire the charity and how it supports everyday life pressures. I find exercise helps me stay on track and, while I get nervous before events, it’s a level of fear and nervousness that is working on your side and not against you.”
As well as Lachlan, other Barnsley people due to compete at the Commonwealth Games include table tennis star Sue Bailey and cricketer Katherine Brunt.
Hollie Naughton will represent Canada at squash but is originally from Cudworth and lives in Yorkshire.