Lewis Martin, a deaf chess player who first started playing aged eight at Westlea Primary School, has been selected to play in the 15th ICSC World Deaf Men Individual Championship from 27 September to 7 October.
However, he needs financial assistance to bring back gold for Britain.
Lewis, now 20, from Grange Park, who is studying Engineering Mathematics at Bristol University, has been the English Deaf Chess Champion for the last three years and has attained the highest grade in the history of deaf chess in England.
His talent at Westlea was spotted and as a keen member of Thamesdown Chess Club he won several Wiltshire and West of England junior titles, progressing to international events held in Poland and Holland.
Lewis attended Mary Hare School for the Deaf where he played for Newbury Chess Club competing in the Berkshire League for six years. As an under 14 player Lewis won the national junior squad under 16s in 2006 and in 2008 came third in the World Deaf Junior Chess Championships in Switzerland.
When not at university Lewis is a well known player at the Brown Jack pub in Wroughton.
Any sponsorship that will help him represent the UK in the Kazakh capital Almaty at the end of September will be welcome. Email Lewis at: email@example.com
Pictured: Lewis with one of the many trophies he has won since starting his chess playing career at Westlea Primary.