Two talented north Northumberland teenagers have inspired the UK to victory in a major international tetrathlon competition.
Steph Courty, 19, from South Charlton, captained the winning girls’ team, which included Suzie Barwise-Munro, 17, from Bilton.
On top of that, skipper Steph also won the individual title, while Suzie came second – completing a fine one-two for the pair from the Alnwick-based Percy Hunt Pony Club.
A delighted Steph said: “It was so good to win the team prize and to be the captain made the achievement extra special.
“It was amazing to win the individual competition too. I really couldn’t believe it.”
The prestigious event was staged recently in Perth, Australia.
The UK girls took the team prize by beating a side from the home nation, as well as those from Ireland, USA and New Zealand.
The competition was a four-discipline event comprising 10-metre pistol shooting, four-minute swim, a 3000m run and show jumping.
The UK secured top spot with 18501 points, followed by the Irish team, who came second with 18086 points.
In the individual girls’ contest, Steph claimed first place with 4702 points, ahead of second-placed Suzie, who scored 4662. Ireland’s Aoife Fay was third in 4618.
Other members in the UK’s girls’ team were Kelcey Pillage (Spooners & West Dartmoor), Jess Varley (Burghley), Mollie Hansford (Cotley Hunt) and Jemma Jones (Blackmore and Sparkford Vale).
Both Steph and Suzie will be in action later this month when they will join Percy Hunt colleague Rebecca Barwise-Munro to defend their Open Girls’ title at The Pony Club Tetrathlon Championships, at the Bishop Burton College, based in Bishop Burton, East Riding of Yorkshire.