Britain calls on Anderson twins

Georgia and Jack Anderson.
Georgia and Jack Anderson.
18 May 2017 9:42AM

TEAM GB has the world conquering Brownlee brothers, and now they also have the Anderson twins.

But instead of the three disciplines the Brownlees specialise in during their triathlons, Jack and Georgia Anderson (14) are excelling in biathle, a sport of run, swim, run.

The siblings, who are in Year 10 at Ponteland High School, have both qualified to represent the Great Britain team at the upcoming European Biathle Championships, in Portugal this July.

The twins regularly train together and are members of Gosforth Harriers, but they became involved in the sport through their father.

And they have impressed this year, gaining selection for the Great Britain team after achieving the national qualifying times in the U17 age group at trials held during the Pentathlon GB Biathle Championships.

Jack and Georgia are over the moon to have gained selection, and they’re chuffed they will accompany each other on the plane to Portugal.

Jack said: “We’re looking forward to it, and it’s nice we are both going.”

The European Championships will be the first time Georgia will pull on the GB tracksuit, but will be Jack’s third appearance in blue, red and white.

Just last year, he qualified for the World Championships at U15 level which took him to Florida. And he didn’t go just to make up the numbers, either, as he made a splash when he arrived.

Finishing a remarkable eighth overall, he helped Britain to a silver medal in the team rankings.

He is hoping to push on and challenge for a medal in Portugal, whereas Georgia is aiming to gain from the international experience.

Jack said: “It should be a good race and we should do well, and I’m aiming for top five.”

Georgia said: “My goal is not to finish last!”

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