Westhill triathlete Lewis Murchie will be pitting himself against professional competitors in the British Triathlon Super Series events at Strathclyde Park on May 22.
Lewis has received an Elite Junior spot and he is delighted with the news.
The 18-year-old said: “I’m delighted to have gained a Junior Elite place at the Strathclyde race on merit.
“Because the Senior professionals compete in the same heat in this race, it will be a particular motivation to start the open water swim leg against serious champions like Stuart Hayes, Richard Stannard and David MacNamee.
“And of course, there will be plenty of high quality Junior elites to benchmark myself against too. I look forward to the challenge.”
Lewis’s preparation for this race begins in earnest at the first MPH Triathlon of the season on May 8 at Turriff.
He said: “I believe I’m better prepared for the triathlon season this year, having participated in more Duathlon events than ever during the winter where the aim was to improve both running and stamina alongside targeted training schedules.
“My coach Ken Bryson has monitored these improvements and also concentrated on upping my “wattage” power on the bike.”