Australia will be well represented at the UIPM World Junior Championships in Drzonkow, Poland this week.
National senior champions Rhys Lanskey from Brisbane and Tully Watt from Melbourne will take on the world’s best pentathletes aged up to 21 years of age.
Lanskey, who is still only 17 and showing fantastic potential, will compete in the men’s individual semi-final on Wednesday (in Poland) where he will be aiming to reach the final on Friday, 12 July. He has big plans for the year and is hoping to compete at the Asia/Oceania Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifier in November.
Watt, 18, who has more international experience will compete with Lanskey in the mixed relay on 13 July.
The pair will then return to Hungary for a few days before travelling to Sofia in Bulgaria for the World Youth U19 Championships on 18 July.
Watt and Lanskey have been joined in Europe by a group of talented Australian juniors including Eliya Henckel-Quinn (NSW), Genevieve Van Rensburg (NSW), Zara Temesi (NSW), Aleska Van Heekeren (NSW) and Anastasia Topolov (QLD).
Van Rensburg, Temesi and Topolov are all part of the Australian Youth Olympic Games squad for 2022.
Australian junior coaches Adam Temesi and Eszter Hortobagyi, who run high performance training camps in Coffs Harbour, have utilised their fantastic contacts in Europe to organise a training camp in Hungary. The athletes have been able to train with international juniors and then will head to Poland to cheer on Lanskey and Watt, while also getting to witness the World Junior Championships.
Quinn, Ven Rensburg and Temesi will also compete at the Hungarian Nationals on the 15 and 16 July.
A live stream of the World Junior Championships from Poland will be available here>> Images and results will be posted on the MPA Facebook page and event wrap articles here.
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