Athletics

Meet The Army Athletes Aiming For International Success

Kerenza Bryson and Alex Bowman have high hopes as they represent GB and their service.

Two of the Army's brightest Pentathletes are aiming for international success with the Great Britain team.

Officer Cadet Kerenza Bryson has her sights set on a place at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

Meanwhile, Captain Alex Bowman will made his GB debut at the World Cup in Poland.

OCdt Bryson has had a quick rise up the ranks and has emerged as as a top talent in her sport alongside her studies at Exeter University.

The year 2019 saw her claim a silver medal at the Junior World Championships and gold at the mixed relay event at the European Championships.

She is currently ranked sixth in the country and is training with the GB squad in Bath with an Olympics place on the horizon.

"Tokyo is not really my main aim at the moment but it is brilliant for training," OCdt Bryson said.

"Paris 2024 will be my aim and hopefully that will be my Olympics.

"It’s difficult when you are training really hard as an athlete and you are not getting those medals, maybe, for many reasons.

"It’s difficult to find the motivation but as soon as you get a medal or a big podium finish, it gives you a lot of energy."

OCdt Bryson has been training in the sport from a young age and has managed to bring all her hobbies together in on activity.

"I started off doing a lot of pony club when I was younger, so horse-riding is always my first one," she explained.

"From there, they had pony club tetrathlons which is everything apart from fencing.

"I did a demonstration evening with a pentathlete called Heather Fell and I picked up the whole pentathlon."

Alongside her at GB training is fellow Army representative Capt Bowman.

He is hoping to make a splash on the international scene, but is thankful for the opportunity.

"I’m just so lucky. Every day, I wake up and try not to take it for granted," Capt Bowman said.

"Life will never be this good.

"I’m sure it will be fantastic in the future but training full-time, competing and especially representing Great Britain and the Army.

"It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, really."