STRATFORD Athletic Club’s Georgina Mitchell won two medals as she joined nine other young athletes in representing Great Britain at the Olympic Hopes Modern Pentathlon in Hungary.
Olympic Hopes is a multi-sport Youth Games organised by Hungary since the 1990s in conjunction with Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland.
This year there were 42 events across 28 sports and the modern pentathlon took place at the National Sports Centre, Olimpiai Edzotabor in Tata.
The Hungarian Modern Pentathlon Federation invited international federations that wanted to send their best young athletes to take part and Pentathlon GB sent ten youngsters.
The team was made up of a combination of U19 and U17 aged athletes, with seven of the team making their international debuts.
All competed in the U19 age group comprising of the swimming, fencing and combined event (run and laser shoot) disciplines. Other countries to send athletes were Latvia, Belarus, Portugal and Ukraine.
The Friday first day of competition saw the individual swim and fence disciplines taking place, followed by the combined events on the Saturday.
Georgina had a solid 200m swim of 2 minutes, 15.17 seconds to put her in fourth place. Georgina then fenced extremely well to win the fencing discipline with 22 victories and five defeats against the other 27 competitors.
This gave Georgina the overnight lead ahead of the combined event.
As Georgina is only 15, this was the first time she had competed in this older age group as well as it being her first international competition.
In the U17 age group the athletes run 3x800m and shoot three times at five targets, whereas in the U19 age group they run a further 800m and shoot at a fourth set of targets.
Georgina had another solid performance in the combined event to finish in fourth place overall, missing out on the podium by just three seconds.
Wycliffe College’s Zoe Davison and Millfield School’s Abby Lebus both produced consistent displays across all four disciplines to finish 12th and 17th respectively and these performances meant the trio of Georgina, Zoe and Abby claimed bronze in the team event.
The final day of the competition saw the mixed relay take place. Georgina was teamed up with Kieran Harby and they claimed the silver medal.
Their performance included an outstanding 21 victories and just seven defeats in fencing to top the discipline standings.
Georgina had a great time, competed well and gained important international competition experience.
The GB team were fortunate to have been accompanied on the trip by Mhairi Spence who was world champion in 2012 and competed at the London Olympic Games.