Team GB at Nanjing 2014: A Sport-By-Sport Guide

13 August 2014 / 16:22

At the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Team GB will be made up of 33 athletes, who will compete across 14 disciplines - the highest number of sports represented by the team at an Olympic youth event.

Here’s your guide to the athletes competing, many of whom are representing Team GB for the first time.

Archery nanjing 2014


Team GB will be fielding two archers at Nanjing 2014, with both taking part in the individual competition as well as the mixed team event. Bryony Pitman, who won team gold at the 2012 World Field Junior Championships, is joined by the 2014 European Championships cadet team gold medallist Bradley Denny. Both athletes are 17-years-old and begin their competition on Friday 22nd August.


Boxing Nanjing 2014


The boxing trio of Muhammad Ali, Peter McGrail and Viddal Riley all arrive in Nanjing in good form having qualified for the Games at the recent Youth World Boxing Championships in Sofia.

Muhammad and Peter both came away from Bulgaria with a silver and bronze medal respectively, while Hackney-born Viddal won his box-off to seal a Nanjing spot and won a silver medal at the 2013 Junior European Championships.


canoeing nanjing 2014


The canoeing at Nanjing 2014 will see all athletes compete in canoe sprint and slalom across flatwater courses. Team GB have two athletes taking part; 15-year-old Victoria Murray and Paul Sunderland, 17, who reached the final of the ECA Junior Slalom Cup Race in Ceske Vrbne last year.


Equestrian nanjing 2014


Jake Saywell is the only Team GB athlete competing in the equestrian event in Nanjing and he’ll have two chances at the medals in the continental team event followed by the individual competition.

17-year-old Jake, who used to be part of the Leicester Tigers rugby academy, won a team silver medal at the 2013 Junior European Championships in Spain.


golf nanjing 2014


With golf returning to the Olympic programme for the first time since 1904, Annabel Dimmock and Robert MacIntyre have the honour of being the first Team GB golfers in 110 years. 17-year-old Annabel in the highest ranked British junior in the world while Robert, also 17, won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters earlier this year.

Both Annabel and Robert will compete in the individual competition before joining up for the team event – each consisting of three rounds at the Nanjing Zhongshan International Golf Club.


gymnastics nanjing 2014


Team GB boast a history-maker in their squad for Nanjing, after Ellie Downing won Britain’s first ever women’s all-around European Championships medal earlier this year with a bronze in the junior event.

Ellie is joined in China by Giarnni Regini-Moran, who is the under 16 all-around British champion and junior European champion on floor. Both Ellie and Giarnni will compete in the qualifying rounds in Nanjing, looking to seal a spot in the all-around and individual apparatus finals.


Judo nanjing 2014


Peter Miles travels to Nanjing as one of the athletes who has competed for Team GB before. Peter won a silver medal at the European Youth Olympic Festival in 2013 and will be stepping up a weight category for The YOG.

Lulu Piovesana won a bronze medal at the 2013 Cadet World Championships and gets her Games underway on Monday 18th August in the women’s -63kg category, while Peter will fight a day earlier on Sunday 17th in the men’s -66kg.


modern pentathlon nanjing 2014

Modern Pentathlon

The modern pentathlon event at Nanjing 2014 differs slightly from the usual competition as athletes will only compete across four events, with show jumping the one to miss out.

Team GB are taking two athletes out to China; Henry Choong, who won an under 16 bronze medal at the 2012 European Championships, and Francesca Summers, an under 18 bronze medallist at the 2014 World Championships.


Rowing Nanjing 2014


Both Team GB athletes will compete in the single sculls event in Nanjing, which starts during day one of the Games on Sunday 17th August.

Both Chris Lawrie and Anna Thornton have another year remaining in the junior ranks, so Nanjing 2014 will provide fantastic multi-sport Games experience.

Chris rowed at the Junior World Championships last year, placing 10th, while Anna raced in the GB v France Match in 2013 and was a single sculls winner.


Sailing nanjing 2014


Team GB are taking just one sailing athlete to Nanjing 2014 and 15-year-old Hanna Brant ensured her qualification at the 2014 World Byte CII Championships at Riva de Garda.

Hanna finished sixth in the event, the third female, and will race in the same boat class in China. There are five races in the women’s one person dinghy event at Nanjing 2014 with points awarded dependant on placing. The final race, the medal race, holds double points and takes place on Saturday 23rd August.


swimming nanjing 2014


The swimming squad for Nanjing 2014 will be Team GB’s biggest of the Games after eight athletes were selected. There’s strength throughout the group with Commonwealth Games silver medallist Duncan Scott looking to continue his good form in the freestyle events for the men.

Luke Greenbank will race in the backstroke and butterfly events with under17/18 national 50m freestyle champion Miles Munro going in the freestyle and individual medley. Martyn Walton, who recently broke Mark Foster’s 27-year English junior 100m freestyle short course record, making up the men’s squad.

Jessica Fullalove and Amelia Maughan will take their Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games experience to Nanjing and will compete in the backstroke and freestyle events respectively.

Butterfly specialist and world top seven over 100m Charlotte Atkinson joins Jessica and Amelia, while Georgina Evans, who won a silver medal at the 2013 World Junior Championships, completes the squad of eight.


Taekwondo nanjing 2014


Abigail Stones travels to Nanjing as the Junior World Champion after taking the title in March 2014. At 15, Abigail is one of the youngest members of the team and will look to emulate her role-model and occasional training partner Jade Jones, who won gold at the YOG in Singapore four years ago.

Christian McNeish will take part in the men’s -63kg category after his recent move to the sport from kickboxing. Christian was world junior kickboxing champion before chasing his dream of competing at the Olympics and switching to taekwondo.


trampoline nanjing 2014


Zainub Akbar helped Britain win a team silver medal at the 2014 Junior Trampoline Championships in April and also placed sixth in the individual final.

Zainub is one of two Team GB trampoline athletes in Nanjing, with 17-yar-old Zach Sheridan competing in the men’s event. Qualifications and finals for both men and women will all take place across one day in Nanjing – with Zainub competing on Thursday 21st August and Zach the day after on Friday 22nd.


Triathlon nanjing 2014


Sian Rainsley heads to Nanjing 2014 in fine form after finishing sixth in the ETU Youth Olympic Games qualifier earlier this year. Sian, 17, has also recently been added to British Triathlon’s World-Class Performance Squad as part of the Podium Potential group.

15-year-old Ben Dijkstra makes up the Team GB triathlon squad after he finished an impressive first in the ETU qualifier for Nanjing. Triathlon will be the first discipline of the 14 involving Team GB athletes to award medals as the women’s and men’s events take place on days one and two respectively.