Date published: Wed 23 Jul 2014
Author: B. Gibson-Patteux
Whitgift’s Sixth Form modern pentathlete, Henry Choong, has achieved the outstanding feat of being selected to represent Great Britain at this summer’s Youth Olympic Games, in China. He will be part of the 33-strong Team GB squad, competing in Nanjing, 16-28 August.
He qualified for the Games by finishing sixth at the European Youth Olympic Games qualification competition, in Portugal, in September. He had previously achieved a podium finish at the 2012 Youth B European Championships in Poland, winning a bronze medal. In May’s Youth A World Championships in Hungary, he was the only British male athlete to reach the finals, finishing 28th. Henry, currently on Pentathlon GB’s World-Class Podium Potential Programme, also won the U17 title at this year’s British Schools Modern Biathlon Championships, held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. In a fantastic lead-up to August’s Games, he won the U18 European gold medal in the men's pair competition, in Sweden, on 22 July.
Also on the modern pentathlon circuit is the 17-year-old’s older brother, Joseph Choong, an Old Whitgiftian, who, having won back-to-back titles at the GB Open, made his senior international debut at the European Championships, in Hungary, in July. Although he missed out on the finals, fellow Old Whitgiftian, Sam Curry, made sure Britain’s competition ended on a high note, by winning bronze in the men’s relay.
Whitgift wishes Henry the best of luck in his upcoming Olympic campaign.