Successful Talent Identifcation Camp for PGB Pathway
A selection of young athletes attended a successful Talent Identification camp at our academy Hartpury College this weekend. The youngsters were overseen by Pentathlon GB’s Pathway Manager Stuart Mason, ETP Technical Advisor and Co-ordinator Ann Marshall, National Fencing Coach Frici Foldes, Performance Director Jan Bartu, Pathway Coach Russell North and Team Manager and Chaperone Maggie Gomersall.
The Talent Identification camp was the first of 2017 with young, enthusiastic athletes who are looking to join the Pentathlon GB Pathway at World Class Talent level in attendance. The youngsters have aspirations of becoming world class pentathletes and competing for Great Britain on the international stage.
There were 2 days of testing at Hartpury with an overnight residential stay, a similar set up to many international competitions. The weekend contained lots of fitness work, including 800m run repetitions, the distance of each lap during the combined laser-run. There was also a laser shooting test with 6 sets of 5 targets and classroom based workshops focussing on coordination and lifestyle.
Some of the athletes in attendance are currently part of the Pentathlon GB English Talent Programme whilst others had been identified from their performances at the British Modern Biathlon Championships held in November.
The next Talent Identification weekend will be held in February and will also be hosted by Hartpury College. The athlete’s performances will then be monitored across the two weekends with some being invited to join the World Class Talent Programme.
Pentathlon GB Manager Stuart Mason commented that he was very satisfied with what had been a successful weekend and looked forward to the 2nd camp next month.