GEORGIA O’CONNOR impressed as British Boxing’s elite team of amateurs competed in their first international tournament of 2019 in Hungary.

The Durham fighter, who is a member of Brandon Boxing Club, achieved sustained success in the junior ranks, and is now an established part of the British senior set-up as she attempts to put herself into contention for a place at next year’s Olympics in Tokyo.

O’Connor was one of eight British fighters selected to compete in the prestigious Bocskai tournament, which was staged in the Hungarian city of Debrecen.

Competing in the 75kg category, the North-Easterner achieved a notable success in the semi-finals, beating home Hungarian fighter Petra Szatmari via a split decision.

She lost to Russian Oksana Trafimova in the final, but her performances have set up her nicely for the rest of the season, which should see her making regular appearances on the international stage.

PAUL DRINKHALL has been named in a six-strong England squad for April’s World Table Tennis Championships in Budapest.

The Loftus athlete is joined in the men’s line-up by fellow Rio Olympians Liam Pitchford and Sam Walker, plus Tom Jarvis, while Tin-Tin Ho and Maria Tsaptsinos represent the women.

This year is the individual championships, with singles and doubles events on the programme.

In the men’s doubles, Drinkhall will team up with Walker, but he will not be involved in the mixed doubles event. The tournament begins on April 21.

SIMONE ABLEY has been selected to compete at next month’s Student National Taekwondo Championships.

The Spennymoor 18-year-old will represent East Durham College at the Nationals, which offer an opportunity to qualify for this year’s European University Sports Association Championships.