The teenage sensation came through recent trials to earn his place in the national Under 18 team. Gilbert, a sixth-form student at St Peters School, wont have to wait long for his first taste of international competition - he will feature in singles and team action at the European Championships in Blackpool, from February 12-17. Gilbert, who had narrowly missed out on selection last year, said: Im looking forward to representing England and Im confident we have a good chance of winning the team event. It is the first time I have competed at international level and it it will be interesting to see how I get on in the singles event. There will be some experienced players involved as its an under 18 event but I will use this event to prepare myself for the World Championships later in the year. Gilbert is the captain of Cambridgeshire and will lead the local county into the national finals, which take place in March. He is also an accomplished snooker player and hopes to take up that sport professionally in the future. Gilberts practice partner at the 147 Snooker Club, in Huntingdon, Dom Cooney, is part of the England pool side at Under 23 level.