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Like many young boys, Scarborough lad Liam Watt dreamed that one day, he would fly in a rocket to outer space.

For many, the dream is just that. However, the stargazing 24-year-old is still aiming to boldly go where no Scarborough man has gone before, entering a competition to be sent into space.

Liam Watt, 24, the pilot at Grindale Skydiving Centre who has entered the Lynx Space Academy competition to go on a spaceflight and is appealing for votes from the public to make him one of the finalists. He is currently 65 out of 500. Photo by Andrew Higgins 130233b 11/01/2013

Liam Watt, 24, the pilot at Grindale Skydiving Centre who has entered the Lynx Space Academy competition to go on a spaceflight and is appealing for votes from the public to make him one of the finalists. He is currently 65 out of 500. Photo by Andrew Higgins 130233b 11/01/2013

A deodorant company has launched an ambitious contest to launch a member of the public into orbit, and pilot Liam believes his training has given him the edge in his quest.

“I have been flying since I was 12-year-old,’ said Liam, from North Bay.

“I got into gliding, and I was just hooked.”

He was selected for RAF training, and currently works as a pilot, flying plains at the skydiving centre in Bridlington.

He believes his experience gives him an “above average” chance of being chosen for the final programme.

If he is selected, he would have to undergo rigorous physical and mental NASA-styled exams to make sure he could handle the extreme conditions of space.

If he passed those, he could potentially travel to Florida for astronaut training, before potentially being sent to space in 2014 on a space shuttle.

However, to even stand a chance, Liam has to secure enough votes, and he said he would be over the moon if his home town got behind to help send him to space.

“I have always wanted to go into space, and the space programme was always something that fascinated me.

“It would be a dream come true.”

To get through to the next stage of the competition, Liam must finish in the top 200 in the public voting. He is currently 65th.

To nominate Liam, please visit www.lynxapollo.com to cast your vote.