A ten-year-old blade runner has met his footballing hero at the Invictus Games in Australia.

Rio Woolf was born without a tibia, knee or ankle joint, and had to have his lower right leg amputated at just 14 months.

Ten-years-later Rio, travelled to his fourth Invictus Games in Australia to meet one of his heroes, David Beckham.

The former England captain is an ambassador for the Games and Rio travelled around with a poster asking him for a photo.

He finally got his wish at the Wheelchair Basketball event.

Rio, from Bushey Heath, waited patiently for over an hour holding up his handwritten poster until Mr Beckham and his son Romeo were leaving the event.

It was all thanks to an Australian Army sapper, Christian O’Shea, who asked Mr Beckham’s security team if Rio could have a photo with him.

Rio said: “It was an amazing Invictus Games and very inspiring - my dream came true when I met David Beckham.

“He was really nice and he said “How are you mate?”.

“I’m very lucky because he didn’t stop for any other fan photos.”

Rio is a proud member of the England Amputee Football Association (EAFA) Junior Squad, attending the European Amputee Football Federation Junior Camp in Rome back in July and attended the EAFA Junior Camp in Cheshire in September.

The footballer is now looking forward to the annual junior training session at the Manchester City Academy and the EAFA Gala Dinner - he says he cannot wait to show his photo with David Beckham to his friends.

To follow Rio on his journey visit his facebook page on: https://www.facebook.com/RioWoolf