Pentathlon GB have selected their eight strong team to represent Great Britain at the 2013 Junior European Modern Pentathlon Championships.
Heading up the men’s side travelling to Sofia is Joseph Evans. At just 19 years old, Evans has dived straight into his maiden World Cup season, securing a bronze in his very first event in Palm Springs. In recent months, he starred alongside Jamie Cooke at the World Cup Final, securing another top ten finish with a seventh place in Russia.
Over on the woman’s side, Eilidh Prise is on the opposite end of the experience spectrum. Prise has yet to embark on her World Cup career and has only participated in one senior event all year, but in that event, the Swiss Women International Competition, she shone in the riding and combined run/shoot to take the top prize. Since then, Prise went on to finish second in the British Championships behind Samantha Murray (and claimed the overall junior title), outlining just how much potential she has.
The first year in an Olympic cycle isn’t always regarded as an important one, but the Junior Europeans are a chance for Britain’s brightest to really show what they can do at a major competition. Already this year, Samuel Curry reached the finals of the Palm Spring World Cup, coming in 23rd, whilst Thomas Toolis narrowly missed out on the same. With the likes of youngster Joseph Choong coming through, who won the men’s British Championships and booked his place at the senior Europeans, Team GB’s modern pentathletes need to watch their backs.
The Junior European Championships begin in Sofia, Bulgaria on Tuesday June 18th with the women’s qualification rounds, followed by the men’s the next day.
Full team selection: