Two city water polo players have been called up to represent Great Britain.
Lancaster City Swimming and Water Polo Club’s Scott Sharpe and Aaron Mason are set to travel to Malta and Hungary respectively.
Sharpe will take part in the in the under 19 European Qualifiers where Great Britain will take on the likes of the hosts and Greece.
The 18-year-old left the national set up a year and a half ago when he started working and only returned in January after being spotted by the Great Britain coach playing for Lancaster in the British Water Polo League.
In February, whilst on a training camp, Sharpe injured his fingers and missed four weeks of action but is fit enough to fly out to Malta on May 2.
He said: “I was more determined to get in the team after missing six vital weeks of training and the support from the club has been great.
After I left GB back in December 2012 due to work commitments I didn’t think I would ever be representing Great Britain in the European Qualifiers and I am really looking forward to it now.”
Mason, 14, will be in a squad of 20, selected from a pool of 32 Great Britain players, travelling to Hungary. He will be joined Lancaster and Great Britain coach Zak Sly.
They will fly out to Eger on July 30 and finish up with Great Britain on August 3.
The two Lancaster members will not be flying back to England with the rest of the team however and will be joined by 14 other members of Lancaster City as they all take part in their first club international training camp.
Sly said: “Aaron is doing well in his water polo not only for Great Britain but Lancaster and he will get a great experience going to Eger not only with his Great Britain team mates but he Lancaster ones too.”
Three Lancaster players are also travelling to Rotterdam this summer.
Coach Sly and Lewis Peach will be joined by Jordon Titley and Amr Ahmed on the trip to Holland in July as they represent reigning champions the North West in an outdoor lake tournament.
The lads will be spending just two days in Rotterdam when they take on teams from Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
Amr, originally from Egypt, has made a big impression on the regional coaches in the short time he has been over in England having been on many international trips with his home club.
This will be the first international water polo trip for Jordon.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to playing against opposition from another country and the different playing conditions.
“I have never played a water polo game outside in a lake and anything can happen from the wind taking the ball in a different direction to losing the ball in the sky when the sun shines down.”