Annual Media Day Confirmed for August 16th

MEDIA ADVISORY – Pentathlon GB Media Day

Join the Pentathlon GB team for the day and, if you like, take on the ultimate test by trying out three of the five modern pentathlon disciplines.

10:30-14:30 on Wednesday 16th August

This is the annual chance for members of the media to meet and interview Great Britain’s best modern pentathletes. This year, the opportunity comes right before the 2017 Senior World Championships in Cairo from August 22nd – August 28th, the final major international of the 2017 season.

We will be opening up the doors of our National Training Centre at the University of Bath and you can watch and film our athletes train in running, shooting and fencing, as well as interview them. Or, for the more adventurous members of the media, why not take the “ultimate test”.

We will be offering the chance to take part in laser-run training as well as testing reactions in the fencing hall to see how you compare to our Olympians. You can run a loop (or part of a loop, or several loops depending on your fitness levels!) of a running course, and then try to get five green lights on the shooting target using a laser pistol.

The Olympic sport of modern pentathlon involves fencing, swimming, show jumping, pistol shooting and running all in one day. The sport was introduced at the 1912 Olympics by the founder of the modern Olympic Games, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, and is the is the ultimate test of an athlete’s ability, stamina, speed and focus. The mix makes Modern Pentathlon unique amongst Olympic sports.

The University of Bath has a rich history when it comes to modern pentathlon with Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre being based at the university since 1998. In the following 19 years, 5 Olympic medals have returned to the university, starting with Dr Steph Cook’s gold and Kate Allenby’s bronze at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Please sign up to attend and let us know if you would like to film / photograph and whether you’d like to “take the ultimate test” by emailing media@pentathlongb.org

Attending athletes will be confirmed nearer the time but will include all of the Senior World Championships team when they are selected following the European Championships from July 18th-24th. The Pentathlon GB team will contain 4 Women and 4 Men for the individual competitions with the potential to select more athletes for the relays.

Our Junior athletes will also have just returned from the 2017 Junior World Championships in Hungary and some will also be available to interview.

A full, confirmed list of available athletes will be announced shortly.

For further information, to register and to receive logistics details, please e-mail: media@pentathlongb.org

 Notes for Editors

  • Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon.
  • Modern Pentathlon sees athletes compete in five disciplines – fencing swimming, riding and a combined run and shoot all in one day.
  • Britain’s Modern Pentathletes have been successful at the highest level, winning five medals at the last five Olympic Games.  Steph Cook and Kate Allenby won gold and bronze respectively at Sydney 2000, Georgina Harland won bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics, Heather Fell won silver at the Beijing 2008 Games and Samantha Murray won silver at London 2012.
  • Kate French, Samantha Murray, Joe Choong and Jamie Cooke were selected to represent Great Britain at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. They finished 5th, 8th, 10th and 14th respectively.
  • Pentathlon GB receives National Lottery funding from UK Sport and Sport England. You can find out more about UK Sport at www.uksport.gov.uk and about Sport England at www.sportengland.org
  • You can find more information about Pentathlon GB at www.pentathlongb.org by liking us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PentathlonGB, following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PentathlonGB and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/pentathlongb

Posted in News, Press Releases, Events on Jul 13, 2017