PGB to host first youth international competition of 2017 this weekend
After the opening World Cup of 2017 last weekend, this Saturday will provide youth athletes with their first taste of international competition this year.
The GB Youth International, now an annual fixture in the modern pentathlon season, sees athletes from across the world competing in an international competition on British soil. The event, hosted by Pentathlon GB, provides a large number of British athletes with an opportunity to gain experience competing against their counterparts from other nations.
Pentathlon GB are delighted to be holding the competition at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre in Solihull once again with strong British representation in the field giving home fans lots of athletes to cheer for throughout the day. The teams will all stay in the historic Ramada hotel in the centre of town making logistics for the overseas athletes and coaches much simpler with everything within walking distance.
The competition is free for spectators to come and watch and provides a unique opportunity to watch potential stars of the future with the pentathletes in action ranging from 15-18 years old.
The event will be a modern tetrathlon (swim, fence, combined laser-run) with individual Girls’ and Boys’ competitions both taking place on Saturday 4th March.
Pentathlon GB Team
The Pentathlon GB team for the first youth international of the season has been selected following two highly competitive ranking competitions in Bath during January and February.
Saddleworth’s Olivia Green who claimed victory in both of the girls’ events at Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre will spearhead a 13-strong female team whilst Clitheroe’s Oliver Murray, who also enjoyed success at both youth ranking competitions, will lead a team of 10 boys.
Three members of the Pentathlon GB team – Saint Felix School’s Kamie Lowe, Yorkshire Pentathlon’s Genna Suddes and West Midlands MPC’s Guy Anderson – will have the added excitement of making their international debuts at the event. It is a venue that they, and the rest of the GB team, should be comfortable competing at though with many of Pentathlon GB’s National Competitions also held at the Solihull premises.
Saturday 4th March - GB Youth International
- Girls' Fencing - 08:30
- Boys' Fencing - 09:00
- Girls' Swimming - 12:25
- Boys' Swimming – 12:40
- Girls' Laser-Run - 13:55
- Boys' Laser-Run - 14:55
Olivia Green, 17, from Saddleworth, Lancashire.
Georgina Mitchell, 16, from Warwick. Currently training at Plymouth College.
Zoe Davison, 18, from Bagpath, Gloucestershire. Currently training at Wycliffe College.
Zoe Gowers, 17, from Weymouth, Dorset. Currently training at Leweston Pentathlon Academy.
Emma Whitaker,15, from Bolton Le Sands, Lancashire. Currently Training at City of Lancaster Triathlon Club (COLT).
Kamie Lowe, 15, from Bassingbourn, Hertfordshire. Currently training at Saint Felix School.
Katie Hughes, 18, from Leek, Staffordshire.
Jessica Sutton, 16, from Basingstoke, Hampshire. Currently training at Hartpury Academy.
Gabriella Eltham, 16, from Itchingfield, West Sussex. Currently training at North Kent MPC.
Abby Lebus, 16, from Cranleigh, Surrey. Currently training at Millfield School.
Alexandra Bousfield, 15, from Cholesbury, Hertfordshire. Currently training at Dacorum MPC.
Elizabeth Tolley, 16, from Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset. Currently training at Leweston Pentathlon Academy.
Genna Suddes, 16, from Strensall, North Yorkshire. Currently training at Yorkshire Pentathlon Club.
Oliver Murray, 18, from Clitheroe, Lancashire. Currently training at Hartpury Academy.
Toby Price, 16, from Alne, North Yorkshire. Currently training at Yorkshire Pentathlon Club.
George Budden, 17, from Ampfield, Hampshire.
Nicholas Laws, 16, from Truro, Cornwall. Currently training at Millfield School.
George Case, 15, from Bridgehampton, Somerset. Currently training at Leweston Pentathlon Academy.
Guy Anderson, 15, from Studley, Warwickshire. Currently training at West Midlands MPC.
William Swain, 16, from Boston, Lincolnshire.
Joshua Hood, 15, from Hull, East Yorkshire. Currently training at Yorkshire Pentathlon Club.
Kieran Harby, 16, from Blidworth, Nottinghamshire. Currently training at Yorkshire Pentathlon Club.
James Wilton, 17, from Bethersden, Kent. Currently training at Ashford School Pentathlon Club.