A YOUNG athlete from Wirral is among a team representing their country at a contest in France – and needs Globe readers' help to get there.

Discus thrower Zita Aspell, from Bebington, is part of the Great Britain Team taking part in the Catholic Schools Games in Paris.

The competition runs from July 8 -14 and Zita needs to raise over £1,000 to pay for entry, travel and accommodation costs.

The 16-year-old, who attends Bebington High Sports College, trains with Wirral AC and Wirral Harriers, coached by Dennis Roscoe and Joe and Jill Fallon.

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Zita at school this morning

Zita told the Globe today: "I'm really proud and excited to have been the given the chance to represent my country in the games and am hoping to do well.

"I've made four metre improvements consecutively over the last six years, which is what the team selectors were looking for."

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Zita Aspell trains at school this morning

Teams from Austria, Brazil, Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Malta, Hungary and France will also be taking part in the games.

Paul Conley, head of PE, said: "Zita's worked really hard to get this far and has been a dedicated athlete since year seven."

Headteacher Brian Jordan said: "Zita is an exemplary student and a great ambassador for Bebington High Sports College; we wish her well in the competition".

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Zita trains at school this morning

A statement from her family on Zita's gofundme page reads: "The cost of funding her entry to this completion without outside support is out of our family's reach, so we are hoping with the help and kindness of all you lovely people out there we can reach the target needed to be able to help send Zita there."

For more details or to sponsor Zita, visit www.gofundme.com/tfpn9844