Team selected for final major international of the season
Pentathlon GB have selected 8 athletes for the Under 19 European Championships in Portugal, the final major international of the 2017 season. The competition gets underway on August 29th and concludes with the boys’ and girls’ relays on September 3rd.
The girls team contains the same quartet that competed in the Under 19 World Championships last month. It means Gloucestershire’s Zoe Davison and Warwickshire’s Georgina Mitchell who finished 24th and 28th in Prague will be joined by Greater Manchester’s Olivia Green, the current British Under 19 number one, and Lancashire’s Emma Whitaker who is still in the under 17 age group.
The boys’ team will be led by Hampshire’s George Budden, who is also competing at the Junior World Championships in Hungary this week. He will be joined by North Yorkshire’s Toby Price and Kent’s James Wilton who both competed at the Under 19 World Championships and East Yorkshire’s Josh Hood who is currently 6th on the Pentathlon GB Under 19 ranking list.
Wycliffe College’s Zoe has enjoyed a strong 2017, including finishing as the top Brit at the Under 19 World Championships. The 18-year-old also made her senior international debut at the Swiss Women International in March, recording an impressive 6th place. The Stroud based athlete is currently 2nd on the Pentathlon GB Under 19 Ranking List having finished 3rd at the GB Youth International and collected team medals at both the Solihull event and European Cup in Barcelona in April.
Plymouth College’s Georgina has enjoyed a stellar season at Under 19 level despite still being in the Under 17 age group. The 16-year-old is currently 3rd on the Under 19 Pentathlon GB Ranking List and claimed victory at the British Under 19 Modern Pentathlon Championships in June before winning the GB Team Selection competition for this week’s 2018 Youth Olympic Games European Continental Qualifier. Georgina was also part of the bronze medal winning team alongside Olivia and Zoe in Barcelona.
Despite disappointment at the Under 19 World Championships, 17-year-old Olivia has been in fine form during 2017, topping all three Pentathlon GB Under 19 Ranking Competitions this year. The Saddleworth athlete, who finished 5th at last year’s Under 19 World Championships in Ireland, also tasted victory at the GB Youth International, the first youth international of the season before finishing as the top Brit at an Under 19 European Cup event in Barcelona.
Bolton-le-Sands’ Emma will also compete in the Under 19 European Championships despite still being in the Under 17 age group. The 16-year-old currently sits 5th on the Pentathlon GB Under 19 Ranking List and has fared particularly well domestically in 2017, winning the British Under 17 Modern Tetrathlon title before claiming bronze at the British Under 19 Modern Pentathlon Championships. Emma, who currently trains with City of Lancaster Triathlon and Rossall Pentathlon Academy, had a busy competition in Prague, finishing 9th alongside Georgina Mitchell after challenging for a medal in the Women’s Relay and 14th in the Mixed Relay with George Budden.
Meanwhile, Ampfield’s George Budden will lead a youthful boys’ line-up in the Czech capital after a consistent season so far. The 17-year-old finished 8th at the GB Youth International and 7th at the European Cup in Barcelona before tasting victory in the British Under 19 Modern Pentathlon Championships. George also made his full modern pentathlon international debut in April, finishing 30th in a strong field at the German Open Championships and will appear at the Junior World Championships this week before heading to Portugal.
After an illness interrupted the beginning to his year, Ashford Modern Pentathlon Club’s James Wilton claimed the British Under 19 Modern Tetrathlon Championships title before taking victory at the final Under 19 ranking competition in June, propelling himself into 3rd place on the Pentathlon GB U19 ranking list. The 17-year-old continued his fine domestic form last weekend when he claimed victory in the Under 19 age group at the inaugural British Laser Run Championships.
The Pentathlon GB boys’ team will also contain two Under 17 aged athletes in Prague with Yorkshire Pentathlon Club’s Toby Price and Josh Hood both selected.
Toby has performed consistently well throughout 2017, finishing 2nd, 3rd and 4th at the three Under 19 ranking competitions and 1st and 2nd at the two Under 17 Ranking competitions. The 16-year-old also finished as the second highest placed Brit at both the European Cup in Barcelona and June’s Under 17 European Championships in Bulgaria before making his Under 19 World Championships debut in Prague last month.
Hull’s Josh will make his first Under 19 European Championships appearance 2 months after his Under 17 European Championships debut. The 16-year-old has also competed internationally in Solihull and Barcelona this year and will also feature in this week’s Youth Olympic Games European Qualifying event after finishing 4th at the GB selection competition last month.
The competition begins with Girls’ qualifying on Tuesday 29th August and concludes with the Girls’ and Boys’ relays on Sunday 3rd September.
- Olivia Green, 17, from Saddleworth, Lancashire.
- Zoe Davison, 18, from Stroud, Gloucestershire. Currently training at Wycliffe College.
- Georgina Mitchell, 16, from Warwick. Currently training at Plymouth College Academy.
- Emma Whitaker, 16, from Bolton Le Sands, Lancashire. Currently training at City of Lancaster Triathlon.
- George Budden, 17, from Ampfield, Hampshire.
- Josh Hood, 16, from Hull, East Yorkshire. Currently training at Yorkshire Pentathlon Club.
- Toby Price, 16, from Alne, North Yorkshire. Currently training at Yorkshire Pentathlon Club.
- James Wilton, 17, from Bethersden, Kent. Currently training at Ashford School Pentathlon Club.
Full competition schedule:
- Tuesday 29th August – Girls’ Qualifying
- Wednesday 30th August – Boys’ Qualifying
- Thursday 31st August – Girls’ Final
- Friday 1st September – Boys’ Final
- Saturday 2nd September – Girls’ Relay
- Sunday 3rd September – Boys’ Relay