COLCHESTER sprinter Rebecca Jeggo has been selected for her first international vest.

The talented Colchester Harriers sprinter has been selected to compete for the England track and field team in the 4x100 metres relay, at this weekend's Loughborough International.

She wrote on Twitter: 'Over the moon to have been selected to compete for England in the 4x100m relay on Sunday at Loughborough International and get a guest 100m lane.

'Thank you @englandathletics for the opportunity and everyone who has supported me over the years!!'

Jeggo, coached by Stephen Garnham, has been working hard, training on muddy fields during the winter months.

And her fine early-season form has now led to her being selected for her first international vest, on Sunday.

Jeggo won 200m bronze at the Senior British Championships both indoors and outdoors last year and also made the 60m and 100m British finals.

In addition, the University of Essex student became the South of England indoor 200m champion.

The Loughborough International will be the first time in more than 18 months that a track and field team has proudly represented the country on home soil since the Manchester International in August, 2019.

As the sport continues to rebuild following COVID-19, this annual early season team competition in Loughborough is a significant step forward on the journey to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Whilst the event will have a different feel compared to previous Loughborough Internationals, with strict Covid-secure protocols in place and no supporters permitted, it remains a brilliant opportunity for the selected athletes to showcase their talent, hard work, and dedication to their sport.

Jeggo will be one of 52 athletes - 23 women and 29 men - to line up for England.

They will be up against teams representing Loughborough University, Scotland, Wales and Great Britain and Northern Ireland Under-20s.

Kelly Sotherton, England’s Track and Field Team Leader for Birmingham 2022, said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming all the athletes and congratulate them, their coaches and clubs, on being selected for what promises to be a really exciting Loughborough International.

"It will be fantastic to see an England track and field team competing again and our thanks go to everyone involved in making this event possible.

"Seeing the gradual return of the domestic calendar is hugely encouraging for the sport and it’s great that more and more athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers are able to get back to doing what they love.”