CHESTER cyclist Luc Hall has been identified as a future Olympian after being chosen to be part of the Lloyds TSB Local Heroes initiative.

The 17-year-old endurance specialist is one of only 264 young athletes from across England and Wales to be selected.

Luc, an Upton-by-Chester High School student, will receive a cash injection of £1,000 and had the chance to rub shoulders with Olympic diving silver medallist Leon Taylor at the launch of the initiative at Wembley Stadium.

Luc, who is gearing up for August’s British Youth and Junior Track Championships, said: “It is really brilliant to be picked on the scheme, a genuine privilege. It is going to be a big help with money and I have already decided what gear I am going to buy with it. I have been borrowing all sorts of things for races for years. Plus I often travel to Manchester for training so the travel costs can be huge but with the money you don’t have to worry nearly as much.

“There are a lot of different events to go to so the chance to go to a lot more now thanks to the grant is nice.

“It is an unbelievably challenging sport and I can’t wait to get stuck back into the season.”

Athens silver medallist Taylor knows a thing or two about spotting talent having helped mentor London 2012 gold medal hopeful Tom Daley since he was 10.

Taylor said: “It’s fantastic for these young athletes to get the funding and support because they have got a massive amount of talent.”

Lloyds TSB Local Heroes, in partnership with Sports Aid, provides support and funding to 346 of Britain’s most talented developing athletes on their journey to London 2012 and beyond. Since 2008, the programme has supported 1,000 athletes. Follow future stars at