Source: Pentathlon GB

5 Pentathlon GB athletes debut at Junior World Championships

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Kerenza Bryson, Sarah Collin, Myles Pillage, Jamie Harper and George Budden will all make their Junior World Championships debuts in Hungary next month. The Pentathlon GB quintet will be joined by Charlie Follett, Georgina Summers and Bradley Sutton in Szekesfehervar, the final major Junior international of the summer.

Plymouth’s Bryson, who currently studies at Plymouth Studio School made her World Cup debut in Cairo in February, qualifying for the final and finishing in an impressive 26th position.  The event will be her first major championships at Junior level in her first year in the age category.

Meanwhile, Buckinghamshire’s Collin made her major international debut in any age group at the Junior European Championships in Barcelona last month, competing in the individual competition and mixed relay. In her first full season since an 18-month injury lay off, the 20-year-old has been nominated for the Most Determined Award at the inaugural TASS Stars Awards so has plenty to look forward to over the next two weeks.

The Women’s team will be completed by Bristol’s Charlie Follett and Dorking’s Francesca Summers who both competed at the 2016 Championships in Egypt. 20-year-old Follett who moved to Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre at the University of Bath last September has enjoyed a fine season to date, including claiming the first international medal of her career at the Swiss Women’s International in March. The TASS supported athlete also finished as the top Brit in 21st at the Junior European Championships and competed in the Women’s Relay at the Senior European Championships, finishing an impressive 5th alongside Jess Varley.

Fellow 20-year-old Summers, who now studies in the USA will be making her first international appearance since last year’s Junior World Championships. The Surrey born athlete who has been training at Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre over the summer will be looking to improve on her 27th place finish as a first-year Junior athlete 12 months ago.

In the Men’s team, 19-year-old Pillage has enjoyed a successful season on the senior circuit, appearing in three World Cup relays and both the Men’s Relay and Mixed Relay at last week’s Senior European Championships. The highlight for the former Plymouth College student came at World Cup 2 in Egypt where he claimed silver alongside Jo Muir whilst he also notched up a notable 6th place individual finish at the Milan Kadlec Memorial in May in a strong Junior field.

Cheltenham’s Harper and Ampfield’s Budden will also be making their Junior World Championships debuts. 20-year-old Harper had an injury interrupted start to 2017 before returning with a 3rd place finish in the British Junior Modern Pentathlon Championships and making his major international debut at the Junior Europeans in Spain. Meanwhile, Budden has enjoyed a rapid rise in 2017. Despite still being an Under 19 aged athlete, the Winchester City Penguins swimmer made his full modern pentathlon debut at the German Open Championships in April before going on to claim victory at the British Junior Modern Pentathlon Championships.

The Men’s team in Szekesfehervar will be completed by Basingstoke’s Bradley Sutton, another athlete to transfer to Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre last autumn. The 19-year-old has been improving throughout the season, finishing as the top Brit after qualifying for the final on his Junior European Championships debut last month. Sutton, who competed in last year’s Junior Worlds as an Under 19 aged athlete, appeared alongside Myles Pillage in the Men’s Relay at the Senior European Championships last month, a partnership they will rekindle at the Senior Worlds later in August.

The Championships, which run from 8th-14th August, will began with the Women’s Relay on the first day of competition followed by the Men’s Relay the following day. The individual competitions then take centre stage before the Mixed Relay on the final day of the competition. Pentathlon GB’s relay line-ups are still to be confirmed.

Full team:

  • Charlie Follett, 20, from Bristol. Currently training at the Bath NTC.
  • Kerenza Bryson, 18, from Plymouth, Devon. Currently training at Plymouth Studio School.
  • Georgina Summers, 20, from Dorking, Surrey. Currently training at Bath NTC.
  • Sarah Collin, 20, from Bourne End, Buckinghamshire. Currently training at the Bath NTC.
  • Bradley Sutton, 19, from Basingstoke, Hampshire. Currently training at the Bath NTC.
  • George Budden, 17, from Ampfield, Hampshire.
  • Myles Pillage, 19, from Plymouth, Devon. Currently training at the Bath NTC.
  • Jamie Harper 20, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Currently training at Bath NTC.

Full competition schedule:

  • Tuesday 8th August – Women’s Relay
  • Wednesday 9th August – Men’s Relay
  • Thursday 10th August – Women’s Qualifying
  • Friday 11th August – Men’s Qualifying
  • Saturday 12th August – Women’s Final
  • Sunday 13th August – Men’s Final
  • Monday 14th August – Mixed Relay

Report courtesy of Pentathlon GB