PLYMOUTH College pentathlete Georgina Mitchell has been selected to compete for Great Britain in the opening youth international of 2018 – the annual Under-19 European Cup in Sant Boi, Spain.
Mitchell is one of eight GB athletes – four of each gender – who will compete at the event which this year is carrying ranking points for October’s Youth Olympic Games.
Following the cancellation of last weekend’s third National Youth Ranking Competition due to adverse weather conditions, the athletes heading to Spain have been selected from an intermediate Under-19 ranking list one.
Pentathlon GB’s pathway manager Stuart Mason said: “We’re obviously disappointed that we couldn’t hold our third ranking competition last weekend due to the adverse weather. However, we’ve followed the same process for selection as recent years when there have only been two ranking events to ensure the process is clear and transparent with athletes’ average score calculated and the top four on the ranking list selected.”
Joining Mitchell in the girls’ team will be Wiltshire’s Sarah Wilson, Lancashire’s Emma Whitaker and Hertfordshire’s Alex Bousfield.
The boys’ team is made up of Yorkshire’s Toby Price, Nottingham’s Kieran Harby, Kent’s James Wilton and Somerset’s George Case.
In contrast to normal format, the individual competitions will be split over two days with fencing taking place on the first day of the competition before the swimming and laser-run on the second day. There is no riding at under-19 international events.
The event will start on March 23 and finish on March 25 with the mixed relay.