LYDGATE’S Olivia Green, one of the country’s leading modern pentathletes, has received a major funding boost.
The 20-year-old has been elevated to the elite group of athletes with a realistic chance of winning an Olympic Games medal in the next four years.
To ensure that the UK’s most talented athletes have every chance of realising their full potential, UK Sport has created the World Class Programme that operates at two distinct levels.
Olivia, who is ranked 94 in the world, was initially on the podium potential roster of athletes whose performances suggest that they have realistic medal winning capabilities at the subsequent Olympic and Paralympic Games, a maximum of eight years away from the podium.
After a hugely successful 2019 at both national and international events, Olivia has been upgraded to the podium group which supports athletes with realistic medal winning capabilities at the Olympics/Paralympics, a maximum of four years away from the podium.
Olivia’s father Chris explained the increased funding will take away some of the financial pressures for his daughter who is studying for a sports science and exercise degree at the University of Bath where Pentathlon GB is based.
“Pentathlon GB were really happy with Olivia who won half a dozen medals at international level last year,” he said.
After a break following a busy season, former Hulme Grammar pupil Olivia is back in action and continuing her successful run of form.
In the recent European Under-24s Championships in Poland, Olivia finished fifth in the individual event and eighth in the team mixed relay.
And in the first of the national ranking tournaments, which was held in Bath, Olivia finished sixth.
Olivia, currently attending a training camp in Rome, Italy, will be taking part in the second ranking tournament on January 18, again at Bath.
She has also been selected for an international fixture in Budapest, Hungary, on February 1.
Olivia is likely to concentrate on junior events in 2020 as this will her last year at this level.
The Europeans will be held in Barcelona in July and worlds in Poland in September.
• When Olivia enjoyed a short break at home for the festive period, she took part in the Christmas Day Oldham Parkrun and smashed the women’s record for the 5K race, clocking a time of 18min 28sec.
Olivia now proudly holds the Oldham Parkrun course record at every level from juniors upwards.