A BARNSLEY man who holds the record for Britain's best pole vault may not get a shot at the Olympics because he's having to work to support his family.

Luke Cutts, 27, of Thurnscoe hopes to compete in  Rio de Janiero but he is also working at a packing factory - which doesn't pay him when he takes time off to train.

His coach says Luke - who is the British record holder and a Commonwealth Games silver medalist - needs to raise £10,000 to help him compete.

Trevor, 68, of Park Grove, Barnsley, said: “He’s a young family man now and has children to look after so needs to earn a living. His employers are supportive and do give him time off, but it’s unpaid. We are trying to raise some funds to support him during the times he’s off work.”

Luke narrowly missed out on funding from the World Class Performance programme, which is a Lottery funded initiative.