JADE O’Dowda celebrated an impressive start to the new year with her first international call-up.

The Oxford City AC multi-eventer took silver in the indoor pentathlon at the England Athletics U20 Combined Events Championships in Sheffield.

And just days later, O’Dowda was selected by Great Britain for the first time to compete at the Indoor Combined Events International in Madrid on January 27-28.

The 18-year-old will pit her wits against athletes from the Czech Republic, France, Poland and Spain.

At the weekend, O’Dowda moved to eighth on the all-time under 20 indoor pentathlon rankings after scoring a personal best 4,013 points.

She finished only 36 points behind winner and Commonwealth youth long jump champion Holly Mills.

O’Dowda made a strong start, clocking 8.77secs in the 60m hurdles, before she took the overall lead with an effort of 1.74m in the high jump.

She maintained her place at the top of the standings with a throw of 11.26 in the shot, but was overtaken by Mills following the long jump (5.86).

Just 0.044secs separated the duo in the 800m, which helped O’Dowda secure the silver medal and overhaul Morgan Lake’s championship record of 3,965 from 2013.

The Oxford City star is now only 76 points behind Jessica Ennis-Hill’s best score of 4,089.