Teenagers are the pride of the nation

Team photo, from the left Amelia Jobling (Southern England), Kirsty Liddon (Scotland), Rebecca Barwise Munro, Steph Courty.
Team photo, from the left Amelia Jobling (Southern England), Kirsty Liddon (Scotland), Rebecca Barwise Munro, Steph Courty.

TWO north Northumberland teenagers have had a successful summer, winning one event and coming second in two others, as part of the UK A tetrathlon team.

Steph Courty, from North Charlton, and Rebecca Barwise Munro, of Bilton near Lesbury, made up half the team which competed in the Tetrathlon International Exchange in August.

Steph Courty

Steph Courty

The teams competed at the UK Regional Competition in Peterborough, the Irish Pony Club Tetrathlon Championships and the Tetrathlon Championships at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire against teams from Australia, USA, Canada and Ireland.

The girls finished in second place at both Peterborough and Hartpury College, where they were narrowly beaten by a few points, but were victorious in Ireland.

And 16-year-old Steph, a pupil at Alnwick’s Duchess’s Community High School, came first individually in both Peterborough and Ireland before finishing third at Hartpury College with 18-year-old Rebecca, who is heading off to Aberdeen University to study medicine, coming fourth.

And as if they weren’t busy enough, the pair competed as part of their Percy Hunt team at the Pony Club Tetrathlon Championships, which they also won.

Rebecca Barwise Munro

Rebecca Barwise Munro

Steph said that she was really pleased with how the summer had gone.

“I wasn’t expecting it, but it was amazing,” she said.

“Everyone was so nice and so welcoming and they were always looking out for us.

“We only met the other girls at the selection camp but it was amazing to be on a team with them.

“We are definitely lifetime friends.”

She also offered a huge thank-you to the coaches, all their local sponsors and to people who donated raffle prizes to raise funds for the trip.