Lancashire’s Georgia Hannam and Gloucestershire’s Zoe Davison have been added to the Pentathlon GB squad for the opening World Cup of the season in Cairo next week. Both athletes have impressed at the beginning of 2018 with Morecambe’s Hannam qualifying for the final and finishing 28th at the Budapest Indoor Competition, the first international of 2018, before finishing 5th at the second Pentathlon GB ranking competition of the year 12 days ago.
After missing the first ranking competition of the season, Stroud’s Davison bounced back in fine style by finishing 3rd at the second ranking event. That came off the back of a strong 2017 which saw her qualify for both the Under 19 World and Under 19 European Championships finals in her final year as a youth athlete before a magnificent 5th place finish at the inaugural Under 24 European Championships in Poland.
The TASS supported British duo have been called up following the withdrawals of Joanna Muir and Jessica Varley due to illness. Both athletes have had an interrupted start to 2018 having already had to miss the Budapest Indoor Competition and National Ranking Competition 2 and neither athlete is back in full training yet.
The two 19-year-olds join an inexperienced Pentathlon GB line-up heading to the Egyptian capital with fellow 19-year-old Kerenza Bryson and 20-year-old Charlie Follett completing the Women’s line-up. The men’s team also contains three teenagers with Bradley Sutton, Jamie Harper and George Budden set to compete alongside 20-year-old Myles Pillage.
It means that six of the team will be making their World Cup debuts in the event with only Bryson and Pillage having previously competed on the WC stage.
The competition starts with Women’s qualifying on Wednesday 28th February.
Wednesday 28th January – Women’s qualifying
Thursday 1st March – Men’s qualifying
Friday 2nd March – Women’s final
Saturday 3rd March – Men’s final
Sunday 4th March – Mixed relay
Kerenza Bryson, 19, originally from Plymouth, Devon. Currently training at Plymouth University.
Charlie Follett, 20, originally from Bristol. Currently training at the University of Bath (National Training Centre).
Georgia Hannam, 19, originally from Morecambe. Currently training at the University of Bath (National Training Centre).
Zoe Davison, 19, originally from Stroud, Gloucestershire.
Myles Pillage, 20, originally from Plymouth, Devon. Currently training at the University of Bath (National Training Centre).
George Budden, 18, from Ampfield, Hampshire.
Jamie Harper, 20, originally from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Currently training at the University of Bath (National Training Centre).
Bradley Sutton, 19, originally from Basingstoke, Hampshire. Currently training at the University of Bath (National Training Centre).
Report courtesy of Pentathlon GB