20th Jul, 2017

Georgina steps up once again for world stage challenge

Liam Moakes 17th Jul, 2017 Updated: 19th Jul, 2017

STRATFORD Sharks Swimming Club star Georgina Mitchell is donning her Great Britain colours at the Under 19 Modern Pentathlon World Championships in Prague this week (July 18-24).

Mitchell headed to the Czech Republic on the back of great season which has already seen her win the U19 British Championships despite still being an U17 athlete.

Earlier this month, she was the highest placed British athlete at the U17 European Championships in Bulgaria and also won the GB qualifier for the Youth Olympic Games, which means she will compete in the European qualifier in Portugal in August.

Mitchell, whose Czech adventure began with the girls’ relay on Tuesday, sits third in the Pentathlon GB U19 rankings and recently won relay bronze alongside Olivia Green and Zoe Davison in the U19 European Cup in Barcelona.

Mitchell and GB team-mate Emma Whitaker finished ninth in the girls’ relay in Prague – a great result for two U17 athletes. Preparations now turn to Thursday’s individual women’s qualification event.

Mitchell told the Observer: “Being an U17, these championships are all about experience. Finishing ninth in the girls’ relay was much higher than we expected.

“We also finished fourth in the fencing category and I picked up an extra point for the team in the bonus round.”

Sixteen-year-old Mitchell, who lives in Warwick, attends Plymouth College to assist with her training. She also trains with Birchfield Harriers and Stratford Sharks when she is home for school holidays.

Modern pentathlon is an Olympic sport which comprises fencing, freestyle swimming, showjumping and a final combined event of pistol shooting and cross-country run.