A 19-year-old classical musician from Finchley has been chosen to be an Olympic torchbearer.

Tyler Rix, who attended Dame Alice Owen’s School, Potters Bar, will carry the flame in Haringey on July 25.

Mr Rix was selected as an inspirational teenager having crammed a huge number of successes into his 19 years.

From the age of seven Mr Rix played football in the West Ham Academy for talented young footballers.

He also had huge successes in school football beating over 900 teams to win the national competition the English Schoolboy’s FA Cup, in 2007.

Mr Rix is also a saxophone player and he recorded an album which reached number one in the classical album charts in 2009.

At 17 the teenager was scouted by Premier Models and has since appeared in publications including The Times and Tatler.

Mr Rix was nominated by his younger sister, Natalie, 13, to be a torchbearer and was selected by Samsung and Coca Cola.

Olympic partners Coca Cola, Samsung and Lloyds Bank have each been asked to select a number of torchbearers from the nominees and Mr Rix stood out so much that he was chosen by two of them.

He said: “I was so surprised to be nominated, and to find out I had been chosen was the best feeling because it showed that all of the hard work had paid off.

“I want to be a role model for other people and I want people to know that London is full of opportunities.

“I don’t think that I could have achieved so much anywhere else.”

Mr Rix is currently a full time student of jazz performance at Trinity Laban music conservatory in Greenwich where he is undertaking a four-year degree course.