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Assurance for the Future

Posted on Tuesday, 12th Feb 2013 by Alexia Jones

 Team GB for London 2012, Nick Woodbridge, Sam Weale, Sam Murray and Mhairi Spence

Assurance for the future

The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today agreed on the 25 sports it will propose to the 125th IOC Session for approval as the core sports for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

The 25 sports include modern pentathlon.

 

(The EB recommended that wrestling, governed by the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA), not be included on the list of core sports. Wrestling will now join the seven shortlisted sports – baseball/softball, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding and wushu – vying for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic programme as an additional sport.)

 

Though the matter has to be approved by the IOC session from 7 to 10 September in Buenos Aires, Argentina this is great news for our sport, for us at Pentathlon GB and for our future.

Great news!

 

Tony Temple – for the Board 


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Thursday, 23rd Apr 2015 2015-04-23 Coaching Development Programme Recruitment

Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon which involves five disciplines; fencing, swimming, riding, combined running and shooting.  It’s an exciting time to join the team, with an 18-month lead in to the Olympic Games, Rio 2016.  Our Head Office is located at the University of Bath, alongside our National Training Centre for performance athletes and later this summer where we will host the European Championships.

The Coaching Development Programme formally commenced in October 2013 with the selected coaches undergoing a 2 year course finishing in October 2015. The programme is an essential element of our ambitious strategy for the development of the future high performance coaches. It is designed to ensure that experience from elite athletes, current coaches from various disciplines or aspiring new coaches is harnessed and shared whilst working through the Coaching Development Programme

The content of the Programme will be shaped by the individual participants starting point and current coaching experience, following a comprehensive needs analysis. We look to create an individual learning pathway for each participant that truly reflects personal and sport-specific requirements, starting with where the coach is now and looking where the sport needs them to be to consistently deliver excellence.

Pentathlon GB invites applicants wishing to be considered for inclusion on the Coaching Development Programme commencing October 2015 to complete the online registration form here:

http://form.jotformpro.com/form/50744915404959

The closing date for registration is 1200 08 May 2015.

 

 

 

Eleanor Guest
Friday, 17th Apr 2015 2015-04-17 New Club Receives Big Lottery Award Funding  WS7.5 Modern Pentathlon Club Fencers

The exciting and new WS7.5 Modern Pentathlon Club, based in Lichfield, has been successful in achieving an award from the Big Lottery Award Fund to help support and develop their aspirations to grow the sport in their area.

The Big Lottery Award Fund has awarded the club funding for their project to deliver various sporting activities based around the disciplines of Modern Pentathlon in an area of deprivation.  Their the aim is to increase community participation in physical activities by offering a new and different challenge.

WS7.5 is a club which provides the opportunity for people to get involved in Modern Pentathlon no matter what their age, ability or experience and with coaches and equipment available, people can turn up and try the sport or a combination of the disciplines very easily.

The next taster day is the 9 May with future dates on 13 June and 25 July and will have shooting, fencing and running available. If you would like to come and have a go please contact Rachael Handley rachael.handley@pentathlongb.org or 07590444372.

Eleanor Guest
Thursday, 16th Apr 2015 2015-04-16 Recruitment for Two Part Time Pentathlon Development Officers

Roles:            Pentathlon Development Officer East and South East

                      Pentathlon Development Officer South and South West

Reports to:    National Development Manager

Location:       Both roles are regional but usually home based or at an agreed location with a requirement to travel

Salary:           £24,000 - £26,000 pro rata plus benefits

Hours:            Part time 20 hours per week (with flexibility to meet the needs of the organisation)

Please note the role requires a clear DBS check

Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon which involves five disciplines; fencing, swimming, riding, running and shooting.  It’s an exciting time to join the team as we move forward to year three of delivering the Whole Sport Plan, having exceeded expectations for year two. 

We are a passionate and enthusiastic team, committed to raising the profile of the Modern Pentathlon and with major ambitions to grow the sport at grassroots level: to help us do this we are looking to recruit two experienced and dynamic individuals to join Development team.  One to work in the East and South East Regions and the other to cover the South and South West Regions.

Role Summary

The main development aims for these roles are:

  1. To provide opportunities for supporting the development of the English Talent Programme at regional and national levels.
  2. To increase the number of people participating in the sport of Modern Pentathlon and in particular competing in the different competition formats of the sport from Biathlon to Pentathlon.
  3. Translate the national strategy into action through co-ordination of coaches and organisers at a local level and to maximise opportunities to build capacity in the sport.
  4. To support the areas with identified priority hot spots.

 

Person Specification

We are looking for driven and enthusiastic individuals with a proven experience of developing sport, excellent people skills and the ability to deliver on objectives.  This should include the ability to demonstrate experience in the of the following areas:

  • Able to demonstrate a good understanding of the sporting structures in Great Britain.
  • Previous experience of developing sport and encouraging participation.
  • Able to demonstrate previous experience in managing projects, setting goals and achieving results.
  • Able to form effective relationships and partnerships to enable the delivery of projects.
  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of coordinating and managing teams of people.
  • Proven ability to effectively work as part of a team and if necessary be able to use initiative and lead peers when required.

 

The full job description and competency profile for the East and South East role can be found here and for the South and South West here.

Pentathlon GB is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

If you would like an informal discussion about this opportunity please contact National Development Manager Rebecca Gibson on 07720 591421 or rebecca.gibson@pentathlongb.org

How to Apply

To apply please send your CV and covering letter detailing why you are suitable for the role plus the equality monitoring form to eleanor.guest@pentathlongb.org by 1700 on Wednesday 13 May 2015. 

Interview Dates

Interviews are likely to take place on 26 or 27 May 2015.

Eleanor Guest
Wednesday, 15th Apr 2015 2015-04-15 NYRC#4 Closing Date

Reminder that the Closing Date for NYRC#4 is 19th April 2015

Stuart Mason
Tuesday, 14th Apr 2015 2015-04-14 National Pentathlon Week Comes to an End!

The inaugural National Modern Pentathlon Week has come to a close. The week aimed to celebrate our fantastic fun and diverse multi-discipline sport. A variety of activity took part from the North to the South from taster days, fun camps for everyone to training for our potential elite. The week also included an inclusive Biathle event organised by the North West Biathle Hub Club enabling para Biathle competitors to take part. We think the following clip from Hereford says it all.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwgBXo3qxE0

If you got involved in any of our activities during Pent Week we hope you had a great time and we hope to see you again soon in training or competition.

Charlotte Addis
Sunday, 12th Apr 2015 2015-04-12 National Modern Pentathlon Week in Full Swing  National Pentathlon Week 2015

Modern Pentathlon Week is a national initiative led by Pentathlon GB to get more people engaged and enjoying multi-disciplinary sport. We are over half way and the week is already a celebration of why multi-sport and in particular Pentathlon is fantastic.

We are not just saying Pentathlon is fantastic – it is! Pentathlon GB recently commissioned the Youth Sport Trust TOP Foundation to conduct research into the role Pentathlon can play in creating a sporting habit for life and to better understand the unique selling points of a sport that consists of 5 disciplines. The full report can be read here but in a nutshell:

A standout finding is that a high proportion of competitors felt that their involvement in Modern Pentathlon provided them with an experience that is unique and different to other sports.
Participants involved in Modern Pentathlon formats have a tendency to take part in physical activity on a regular basis. More so than the average population.

Participants have a sustained and long term interest in sports participation. Many participants through Modern Pentathlon have taken part or transferred into other sports due to their exposure to new and diverse activity.
Competitors most frequently cited fun, enjoying competition and to get better at sport as the top three reasons for taking part in Modern Pentathlon. The majority of competitors felt that Modern Pentathlon provides a breadth of experiences that challenges them and keeps them doing a sport longer than if participating in one sport. They also felt it motivates them to try harder and train more often; the range of sports deters boredom and provides a greater level of satisfaction and accomplishment. 
Parents felt positive about the wider benefits of their child being involved in Modern Pentathlon including personal development and a positive impact on school performance.

So what exciting things have been happening this week so far?

The eve of Modern Pentathlon Week the North West Biathle Hub held a Biathle training session and Rossall School (also a Pentathlon GB Academy) held a Mini Biathlon Competition.

Tuesday saw the majority of activity kicking off. A three day training event full of fun activities and open to all started at Pentathlon Hereford. This is a new Pentathlon club based at Lucton School which is already seeing high attendances in its first year and is becoming a hot bed for the sport. Activities this week have even included the Ride discipline done in a different way:

In Dorset at Leweston School a 6 day residential camp has seen 120 young people engage with Triathlon (Run, Swim and Bike), Biathle and Modern Pentathlon activities. This will culminate in the South West Biathle Championships on Sunday.

On Wednesday the newly formed Ashford Pentathlon Club held a training day focusing on swimming, fencing, shooting and running. 22 young people attended of which 12 were completely new members. Feedback from the day has been extremely positive including the following quote from a parent of a participant who attended following their involvement in the Schools Biathlon Finals:

“Thanks to everyone for devoting their time today for all the activities, it was much appreciated all round. Gemma had a fantastic day, and I think against her expectations, enjoyed the fencing and the Pistol shooting”

Yesterday (Thursday) saw more activity in the North and a newly emerging club hold its first training day. Pentathlon GB North and the Yorkshire Pentathlon Club both held training days and Yorkshire Pentathlon Club’s residential camp kicked off.  The East Anglia Pentathlon Club held its first training day. Many of these activities have been supported by our links with Pony Club.

We love Modern Pentathlon because of the diverse experience it offers. A new experience of Modern Pentathlon as also offered on Thursday – a stunt offer! Pentathlon GB North West has worked with a Professional Stunt Co-ordinator and Regent Park Studios in Morecambe to offer a unique training day.

Celebrating our performance pathway

Not only is Modern Pentathlon Week a great opportunity to get involved we are also showcasing our performance pathway. This week has also included two residential camps for athletes on the start of their performance pathway journey. The first of these camps has just finished at Bishop Burton College providing training for 26 English Talent Programme athletes and the second camp is underway at Wellington College for a further 18 athletes. Both of these sites are accredited Pentathlon Academies. 

And if you haven’t already been tracking the progress we have the Pentathlon GB Podium Squad competing in the World Cup in Rome! The Rome World Cup is the latest major competition in a big year for Pentathlon GB, which includes the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualification period.

There is more to come….

Saturday 11th April:

Decorum Modern Pentathlon Club - Tetrathlon Training. The day is open to all athletes regardless of ability or experience (prerequisite to be able to swim 100m). The day will cover coaching in shooting, fencing, swimming and running. Equipment will be available for hire if required. Hemel Hempstead Sports Centre Hemel Hempstead Herts HP1 1JS More Info Speak to Denise 0777 1862552

Sunday 12th April:

North West Biathle Hub - A fun and friendly competitive opportunity combining the run and swim in a continuous format. Fleetwood Swimming Pool, Fleetwood Lancashire FY76HF. More Info speak to Nicola 07940587964
West Midlands Training and Taster Day - An opportunity to try other events in a friendly environment, come and meet other regional biathletes and pentathletes. Coaching will be available in shooting, fencing and running and suitable for all levels of abilities and experience: 10-4pm Tudor Grange Sport Centre Solihull West Midlands B911NB

More Info Speak to Rachael 07590444372

Monday 13th April:

Pentathlon GB South – Three days devoted to shooting, fencing, swimming, games and athletic development as well as running Aldershot Garrison Sports Centre, Rawlinson Road Aldershot GU11 2LQ

More Info speak to Russell 078252231

John Woodbridge
Sunday, 12th Apr 2015 2015-04-12 Rome Immortal

Foro Italico is impressive reminiscence of the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. Gigantic statues symbolising athletic strength with strong patriotic subtext circle the venues and mark out the avenues. Sculptures are almost threateningly looking down at you purposefully fulfilling the creator’s artistic intent to make you feel inferior in the face of greatness. I was not taken aback to see in the congress hall of the Italian Olympic Committee massive rural painting featuring Mussolini, disgraced ‘Duce’ of upraise of the Italian nationalism in times leading to the Second World War. Perhaps politically incorrect it somehow sums up for me the country’s spirits and links together the past and contemporary in this immortal city that was once the centre of the civilised World.

It is enriching experience to visit this place but it is a pain in the neck to travel elsewhere these days. I have no problem to drive thousand miles just to avoid airport security checks or French air traffic controllers. What is the point of torturing ladies by forcing them to take their shoes off, sneaking through the toiletry, x-raying people to find miniature pocketknife, bottle of water or investigate closely people’s crutches? Someone should explain to us how anybody, for instance, is able to control all packaging supplying endless shops and restaurants in the departure halls. How can we be sure that all airport personnel come to work to work only? How big is a danger to security from potential sources outside of passenger travel? Current airport security checks are non-sense I am afraid and unnecessary imposition on millions of normal people. In the end after all you have been put through to board the aircraft a disturbed lunatic who obtained for unknown reasons commercial pilot license plunges the plane at 500 miles per hour to the mountain meanwhile you watch helplessly keeping your handset turned off for flight safety reasons, thanks a lot.

Kate French experienced in the Finals a rapid decent herself. From Sarasota medal podium to the gutter of Rome competition. I am sure Kate wishes to forget that bad hair Friday quickly. No need to over analyse or begin questioning now, another opportunity to restore confidence is coming up soon. Freyja Prentice has been consistent in her third World Cup Final appearance. She looked strong in the Combined Event moving up to 6th place approaching the remaining shooting stage.  What happened next is something I would call ‘the laser tax collection’.  That is 2015 Season phenomena striking randomly without prejudice ruining athletes’ efforts with vengeance. Freyja kept firing to the apparently numb target timing out and loosing all day work in less than minute. This situation is beneath contempt requiring immediate solution ensuring level playing field for each athlete in the competition.  

Four British men did not hesitate in the semi-finals proving undisputable competitiveness. It seems obvious however that we struggle a bit to transfer the technical ability to the dog fighting intensity of the Final competition phase. Results in Rome also indicate that there is a room for specific fitness improvement and more self-confidence building. Tom Toolis was the top British finisher crossing the line in 17th position, congratulations. Kecskemet, quiet provincial Hungarian town will be the next location for the World Cup 4. Keep in touch.                

 

Jan Bartu
Saturday, 11th Apr 2015 2015-04-11 Jan Bartu in "philosophical" mood after Rome World Cup final performances

Performance Director Jan Bartu said he was in “philosophical” mood after two incident-packed finals for Pentathlon GB’s athletes at World Cup 3 in Rome.

He was pleased to see Tom Toolis finish 17th in his first senior men’s final on Saturday, which made him the top-placed Brit ahead of Nick Woodbridge in 20th, Joe Evans in 26th and Joe Choong in 27th.

But Bartu added that a possible problem with the laser scoring system in the combined run/shoot had contributed to Freyja Prentice missing out on a top-ten finish in the women’s final on Friday.

She finished 17th, while Kate French – who was eliminated in the ride after four refusals – was 33rd.

“We were expecting to be a bit more towards the top but I take a philosophical view about these things,” said Bartu.

“The girls had some really bad luck and sometimes that happens. Kate had a dismal ride but she is usually one of the top riders in the competition, so that was unusual to see.

“Freyja was having a good day and was well placed going into the combined event but she timed out on the fourth shoot, which was most likely due to a failure with the laser scoring system, and that ruined her day.

“As for the men, it was very good to see all four of them reach the final but it was an uphill struggle for them after the fencing, we expected better results from that.

“They fought back with some good swimming and riding performances, and for Tom Toolis to finish 17th in his first senior final was a very respectable result – congratulations to him on that.”

The British men got off a slow start in Saturday’s final, with Woodbridge 21st after winning 17 of his fencing bouts, Choong 28th after 15 wins, Toolis 29th after 13 wins and Evans 33rd after 12 wins.

However, Evans was quickest in the pool and one of only two athletes to go under two minutes as he touched the wall in 1:59.27.

Woodbridge produced the third quickest time of 2:00.12 to move up to tenth overall, while Toolis and Choong clocked 2:04.02 and 2:04.98 respectively.

Toolis continued his climb up the rankings with a perfect ride, becoming one of only two athletes to record a maximum 300-point haul.

Choong picked up 293 points, while Woodbridge and Evans both added 286 to their total.

That moved Woodbridge up to ninth going into the combined run/shoot, 40 seconds behind leader Jiahao Han of China and one place ahead of Ukraine’s Pavlo Tymoshchenko who surged through the field to claim an impressive victory.

Robert Kasza was runner-up, while fellow Hungarian Adam Marosi just failed to catch third-placed Pierpaolo Petroni of Italy on the line.

The next World Cup will take place in Kecskemét, Hungary from April 30 to May 4.

The Rome World Cup is the latest major competition in a big year for Pentathlon GB, which includes the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualification period.

A key event on the road to Rio will be the Modern Pentathlon European Championships, taking place at the University of Bath from August 18-23.

Tickets are now on sale for the event – visit www.pentathlongb.org/euros2015 for more information.

Caroline Searle
Friday, 10th Apr 2015 2015-04-10 Final frustration for Freyja Prentice and Kate French at Rome World Cup

It proved to be a frustrating day in Rome for Pentathlon GB duo Freyja Prentice and Kate French during an incident-packed women’s final at World Cup 3.

Prentice finished 17th overall after a technical problem with her final shoot and French was 33rd after a frustrating afternoon which saw her eliminated in the ride after four refusals.

Victory went to London 2012 champion Laura Asadauskaite in remarkable fashion – the Lithuanian had been 20th going into the combined run/shoot, 59 seconds adrift of leader Sarolta Kovacs on Hungary, but surged through the field to claim the most unlikely of wins.

Prentice and French, who had both won bronze medals at the two previous World Cups this year, were looking to maintain Pentathlon GB’s impressive run of podium finishes at women’s finals.

They were 20th and 30th respectively after the opening fencing discipline, Prentice winning 18 bouts and French 14, and were unable to make up ground in the swimming pool, clocking 2:25.47 and 2:20.09.

Prentice got right back into contention for a top-ten finish when she produced a perfect ride on Eskimo to gain a maximum haul of 300 points.

But French did not fare as well on her horse, Corrading, and picked up no points after four refusals led to elimination.

That meant she started the run/shoot five minutes behind leader Kovacs, while Prentice was 45 seconds adrift.

She was performing well but lost valuable ground after the laser scoring system timed out on the final shoot and eventually finished 17th after clocking 13:14.50. French completed the run/shoot in 13:09.36.

Pentathlon GB’s men will be hoping for better fortunes in Saturday’s final, with Joe Evans, Joe Choong, Tom Toolis and Nick Woodbridge all in action.

 

Caroline Searle
Thursday, 9th Apr 2015 2015-04-09 Freyja Prentice and Kate French march on in Rome

Pentathlon GB duo Freyja Prentice and Kate French are safely through to the women’s individual final at World Cup 3 in Rome, Italy.

Prentice – who won a bronze medal at the last World Cup in Cairo, Egypt in March – topped Group B in the qualifying stages on Wednesday with 1,080 points, ranking her ninth overall.

And French – a third-placed finisher at World Cup 1 in Sarasota, US in February – scored 1,076 points to rank eighth in Group B and 16th overall.

Prentice made a solid start, winning 19 of her fencing bouts for 236 points. French’s 17 wins earned her 222 points.

They then clocked times of 2:27.10 and 2:22.59 respectively in the 200m swim before finishing strongly in the combined run/shoot.

Prentice’s time of 11:55.61 was the fourth fastest of the day in Group B and worth 585 points, while French was fifth fastest in 11:59.23.

Joanna Muir missed out on a place in Friday’s final after placing 15th in a strong Group A.

She won 11 of her fencing bouts and recorded a good time of 2:16.55 in the pool but was not able to make up the necessary ground in the run/shoot, where she clocked 12:22.26.

World Champion Samantha Murray was due to compete in Rome but Pentathlon GB Performance Director Jan Bartu explained she had been withdrawn to prepare for the next World Cup in Budapest, Hungary.

Pentathlon GB’s men are in qualification action on Thursday, with Nick Woodbridge – making his first World Cup appearance in two years – in action alongside Joe Evans, Tom Toolis and Joe Choong.

The Rome World Cup is the latest major competition in a big year for Pentathlon GB, which includes the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualification period.

A key event on the road to Rio will be the Modern Pentathlon European Championships, taking place at the University of Bath from August 18-23.

Tickets are now on sale for the event – visit www.pentathlongb.org/euros2015 for more information.

Pentathlon GB Selected Athletes

World Cup 3, Italy

Women:

Kate French – 11.02.91, Meopham, Kent – lives: Bath

Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire – lives: Bath

Joanna Muir – 30.08.1994, Castle Douglas, Dumfries – lives: Bath

Men:

Joseph Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington – lives: Bath

Joe Evans – 05.09.93, Whitchurch, Shropshire – lives: Bath

Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, north-east London – lives: Bath

Nick Woodbridge - 01.07.96, Telford – lives: Bath

For further information contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 384211 or press@matchtight.co.uk

Caroline Searle
Thursday, 9th Apr 2015 2015-04-09 Pentathlon GB's fantastic four book men's final places at Rome World Cup

All four Pentathlon GB men have made it through to Saturday’s final at World Cup 3 in Rome after impressive performances in Thursday’s qualification round.

Joe Evans and Tom Toolis finished second and third respectively in Group A, while Joe Choong also placed in the top three in Group B.

Double Olympian Nick Woodbridge, making his first World Cup appearance for two years after a hip injury, narrowly missed out on one of the eight automatic qualification places in Group B but his total of 1,198 was more than good enough to put him through on points.

Evans made a solid start to the day, winning 20 of his fencing bouts for 229 points before producing the fastest swim in his group – 1:59.73.

He then completed the combined run/shoot in 11:10.69 to record 1,200 points overall, matching the total of group winner Simon Casse of France.

Just one point behind Casse and Evans was Toolis, who won 21 of his fencing bouts before clocking 2:04.93 in the pool and 11:03.01 in the run/shoot.

Pentathlon GB team-mate Choong scored 1,207 points for third place in Group B. He started the day by winning 17 fencing bouts before recording the fourth-fastest times in both the swim and run/shoot – 2:01.94 and 10:43.42 respectively.

Woodbridge was well placed for automatic qualification after winning 19 of his fencing bouts and clocking 1:59.98 in the swimming, the second quickest time in Group B.

He was unsurprisingly a little rusty in the run/shoot and lost ground with a time of 11:12.17, which put him tenth overall in the group. However, he had comfortably done enough to progress through points qualification.

That means that Pentathlon GB will have six representatives in the finals in Rome, with Freyja Prentice and Kate French having progressed through the women’s qualifiers on Wednesday. Their final takes place on Friday.

 

Caroline Searle
Wednesday, 8th Apr 2015 2015-04-08 2015 World Modern Pentathlon Conference

In this the Week of Modern Pentathlon we want to draw your attention to The 2015 World Modern Pentathlon Conference which will once again be held at The Manchester Conference Centre 6th 7th and 8th November 2015. Being one year out from The 2016 Rio Olympic Games it will be the most important one held to date so in addition to the leading Modern Pentathlon Coaches we have already engaged some of the world’s leading authorities in their particular field to come along as Guest Speakers:


Graham Taylor: UK Sport Head of Performance Coaching.  World Class Coaching support is vital to our success and  Graham works directly with sports Performance Directors and Programme staff to build on existing coach support and seeks to accelerate the development of elite coaching within the high performance system. Prior to his position at UK Sport Graham had  22 years experience in high level Motor Sport. Competed all across the globe and recognised as a talented trackside Race Engineer and Team Leader. 6 Years Experience in F1 as chief race engineer at Arrows F1


Dr Steve Peters: His book The Chimp Paradox explains how the human mind operates and how people can learn skills to manage their mind. Has helped sports stars including Ronnie O'Sullivan, Steven Gerrard, Craig Bellamy, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton.  Teams he has assisted include the GB Olympic cycling team, Team Sky, England's rugby union side and Liverpool FC.  Hoy said "without Steve I don't think I could have brought home triple gold from Beijing" while Pendleton said he was "the most important person" in her sporting career.


Yogi Breisner:  PERFORMANCE MANAGER, EVENTING AND LEAD FOR WORLD CLASS PROGRAMME 

Yogi was appointed World Class Performance Manager and Chef d'Equipe to the British Eventing team in 2000. He had just eight months to get to know the squad before the Sydney Olympics, at which they won team silver, Britain's first eventing Olympic medal for 12 years. Yogi has since led medal winning teams at the 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic Games in addition to enjoying many successes at both European Championships and World Equestrian Games.


Richard Waygood MBE: Former Riding Master of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment; Choreographer to the world famous Musical Ride; television presenter, event organiser, international Three-Day-Event competitor, Chef d’Equipe to British equestrian teams; leadership and motivational speaker, and experienced team leader. Now an Ambassador for The Brooke equine charity, equestrian advisor to the Bahraini Ministry of Interior, Chef d’Equipe (Team Manager) to the British CIC 2 Star Event Team, Chef d' Equipe (Team Manager) for the Team and Individual Gold Medallists GBR Dressage Team at the London 2012 Olympiad, his sights are currently set on the Rio Games.

Interest is already high and places at the conference being booked. Registration can be carried out via the conference website www.wmpcc.org and go to online registration.

 

 

Stuart Mason
Thursday, 2nd Apr 2015 2015-04-02 Pentathlon GB sign blueseventy  Swimming is a crucial part of the sport

With qualification for Rio 2016 now underway Britain’s Modern Pentathletes have had an excellent start to the year, winning four World Cup medals, including two golds so far.

The swimming is a crucial event in giving our athletes a competitive advantage and with that in mind Pentathlon GB is pleased to announce sponsorship from elite swimwear brand blueseventy.

blueseventy, a New Zealand brand, has 30 years of experience in all areas of swimming, from open water and triathlon, to elite pool swimming. This experience has allowed blueseventy to become market leaders in competition swimwear and world-class athletes rely on them time and time again to help them swim faster, whatever their discipline. Their pledge of support for the Pentathlon GB Podium and Podium Potential squads with competition and training swimwear is therefore an enormous boost to the team.

“Modern Pentathlon is a great blend of the traditional and the cutting edge and we are very excited to be supporting some of Britain’s finest athletes within Pentathlon GB. We are sure that our nero race suits can become part of their ritual and give them another performance edge”, said Rebecca Jenkins from blueseventy, whose UK base is in Bath.

The news has come just at the right time for the team with the European Championships held at Pentathlon GB’s national training base at the University of Bath on 18-23 August 2015, providing eight direct qualification places for the Rio 2016 Olympics. The competitive advantage the blueseventy kit could provide will be a crucial factor in deciding these qualification places, with the first opportunity starting in June at the World Cup Final.

“This blueseventy sponsorship is another step on our journey to the Olympics in Rio in just 18 months.  For the athletes to know they are supported by such a quality swim brand that boasts the latest technology in performance swimwear, will give them great confidence.  The timing couldn’t be better, ahead of so many crucial events this season and Rio qualifying competitions looming”, said Nigel Laughton, Chief Executive Officer of Pentathlon GB.  “Great swimming times are vital to our athletes and having blueseventy on board for the next two years is a significant boost”.

The partnership with blueseventy, agreed by Laughton, will last until the end of December 2016, seeing the team through two competitive seasons, including the Olympic year.

The deal has been announced just a few weeks after tickets went on sale for this year’s Europeans Championships. Tickets are now on sale here, with under 18’s welcome from only £1 a day. There will be options to try out individual disciplines during breaks in the competition action and an event village of stands and displays to add to the event experience.

“It is not every day that live Olympic sport is on the doorstep, so we are hoping that local people will join those coming from around the country to cheer our athletes on.  This is a crucial event on the Road to Rio for the GB pentathletes as well as being an exciting spectacle”, said Event Director Kara Luck.

For further information contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 384211 or press@matchtight.co.uk

 

Caroline Searle
Thursday, 2nd Apr 2015 2015-04-02 European Championships 2015- Marketing and Campaign Manager Recruitment Opportunity

Stakeholders are seeking to appoint a marketing and campaign manager  (person or organisation) to fulfill a short-term project specifically in relation to the European Championships 2015.

The Championships will take place at the University of Bath, 18 – 23 August 2015 and will be the first major international Modern Pentathlon competition held in the UK since London 2012.

Applicants should have a proven track record in delivering successful campaigns to drive spectators to major events.

The role will involve developing an overall event Marketing & PR strategy, which you would lead and implement including:

  • Identifying the most appropriate and effective way of reaching and engaging with the target markets
  • Developing a campaign across multiple platforms for each of the target markets
  • Measuring effectiveness against ticket sales, reviewing and refining the strategy as required
  • Creating and implementing a PR strategy to underpin ticket sales
  • Contact and on-going engagement with digital & media providers, generating content to drive interest in the event

The remuneration for this piece of work is fixed at £3,000 (+VAT) and further information can be found within the job description here.

 

Application process:

Applicants should submit:

  • A covering letter / summary on how you intend to fulfil the role for the advertised remuneration, including an outline work programme and whether you are applying as an individual, a joint approach with another person or an organisation.
  • An outline of relevant skills and experience (e.g. list of relevant previous events, projects and references) that will meet the event needs set out in the job description.
  • CVs of anyone to be employed on the project, individual time commitment to the project and identification of areas which they will be working on.

Interested individuals or organisations are requested to submit their application by Monday 13 April 2015 by email to: kara.luck@pentathlongb.org

Charlotte Addis
Thursday, 2nd Apr 2015 2015-04-02 Scottish Pentathlon - Development Officer Job Opportunity

DEVELOPMENT OFFICER - FIXED TERM – MARCH 2017

Scottish Pentathlon is the new governing body set up in Scotland to help develop the sport of Modern Pentathlon with the support of sportscotland and Pentathlon GB.

It replaces the Scottish Modern Pentathlon Association (SMPA) and has in place a new Board led by a new Chair, Murdo Macdonald and a new plan for developing the sport. This is a very positive step supported by sportscotland and Pentathlon GB who have committed to work with Scottish Pentathlon in their efforts to develop and promote the sport in Scotland.

This is a unique opportunity for the right person to join a new, fresh and dynamic organisation, working closely with the Board and our partners to achieve the sport’s objectives.

You will be in at the start of something new and part of a sporting organisation at the earliest stage of its development, making a real impact on the growth and sustainability of a sporting organisation.

The principle focus of the Development Officer will be to lead on the development of an infrastructure for the sport of Modern Pentathlon in Scotland and to increase participation in the sport and grow clubs and Scottish governing body (SGB) membership.

The Development Officer will report to the Director of Development and be supported by a broader team including the Pentathlon GB Development team.

This post involves regulated work with children and employment is conditional on the successful candidate being able to obtain/holding PVG scheme membership.

Salary £24,000 per annum – 37 hours per week

Benefits package including pension and life insurance. The standard holiday entitlement is 25 days to be taken by arrangement.  In addition, there is an annual entitlement of 10 days public holidays. 

Closing date: 17 00 hrs on Wednesday 22 April 2015

Interviews will be held in Edinburgh on Thursday 14 May 2015

Scottish Pentathlon is committed to equality of opportunity.

The following documents are available for download:

  1. Advert
  2. Application Form
  3. Application Information
  4. Job Description
  5. Candidate Specification
  6. Equal Opportunities Form

 

John Woodbridge
Thursday, 2nd Apr 2015 2015-04-02 Join us for National Pentathlon Week!!

Looking for something to do next week, or want to try the various Pentathlon disciplines?

Pentathlon GB are proud to introduce National Modern Pentathlon Week where everyone can get involved with clubs, regions, organisations and schools  organising taster sessions, activities and camps. With this week we are trying to create an inspirational and co-ordinated week of Modern Pentathlon related activity to engage people in this exciting sport. Whatever your age, experience and knowledge we hope to engage you along with the entire pentathlon family throughout this activity campaign. This week we hope to share our passion for the sport and hopefully many of you will get involved.

The timetable of events is available here. We hope to see you there!

Charlotte Addis
Wednesday, 1st Apr 2015 2015-04-01 Olympian Woodbridge receives season's first World Cup call-up

Double Olympian Nick Woodbridge will make his first World Cup appearance for two years after being named in the Pentathlon GB squad for this season’s third World Cup in Rome from 8-13 April.

Reigning World Champion Samantha Murray – who struck gold at the opening World Cup in Sarasota, US – also returns to a women’s team which features Kate French and Frejya Prentice, who have both won bronze medals this season.

Woodbridge – who competed at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games – has struggled with hip problems during the past couple of years and last appeared at a World Cup in Chengdu, China, in April 2013.

However, he is working his way back to full fitness and made his first competitive appearance of 2015 at the Budapest Cup in Hungary earlier this month.

Woodbridge is joined in the Pentathlon GB men’s team for Rome by Tom Toolis, Joe Choong and Joe Evans, who is making his third World Cup appearance of the season.

That record is matched in the women’s team by Prentice, who finished a fine third at the Cairo World Cup earlier this month.

Making their second World Cup appearances will be Murray and French, both of whom were on the podium in Sarasota, and Joanna Muir, who was victorious at the Swiss Women's International last week.

Pentathlon GB Performance Director Jan Bartu believes his team will face their strongest competition of the year so far in Rome.

“I expect that this World Cup will be the best attended of the season up to this point,” he said. “There will be plenty of teams from Asia taking part, which wasn’t the case in Cairo.

“I would not like to predict anything in terms of performance but I would like to see all of our team feature in the final stages.

“Nick Woodbridge is returning to the World Cup stage and it will be good to see what he is capable of doing at this stage of his comeback.

“Samantha, Kate and Freyja have all done really well this season and there will be expectation on their side but every single competition is different.”

The Rome World Cup is the latest major competition in a big year for Pentathlon GB, which includes the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualification period.

A key event on the road to Rio will be the Modern Pentathlon European Championships, taking place at the University of Bath from August 18-23.

Tickets are now on sale for the event – visit www.pentathlongb.org/euros2015 for more information.

Pentathlon GB Selected Athletes

World Cup 3, Italy

Women:

Kate French – 11.02.91, Meopham, Kent – lives: Bath

Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – lives: Bath

Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire – lives: Bath

Joanna Muir – 30.08.1994, Castle Douglas, Dumfries – lives: Bath

Men:

Joseph Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington – lives: Bath

Joe Evans – 05.09.93, Whitchurch, Shropshire – lives: Bath

Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, north-east London – lives: Bath

Nick Woodbridge - 01.07.96, Telford – lives: Bath

For further information contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 384211 or press@matchtight.co.uk

Caroline Searle

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Sunday, 29th Mar 2015 2015-03-29 Young athletes impress at Olympic Park  Conor Dougall with third place prize

After the success of the girl’s event yesterday it was the boy’s chance to shine as the British Schools’ Modern Biathlon Championships continued today at the Aquatics Centre and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

 

The Park has provided an excellent and inspirational venue, with the second day of the Championships taking place in less than favourable weather.  Despite the weather, new PBs have been achieved and further titles won by young athletes from around the country.

 

Tom Smith from Danes Hill School enjoyed the run despite the conditions, he said ‘I’ve had a great day and enjoyed the tough conditions on the run and loved having a go at fencing.  Thanks to my mum and dad and brother Rory who have supported me all day!’

 

The event, consisting of a separate run and swim, is organised annually by Pentathlon GB, the national governing body for the Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon.  The aim is to get as many schools involved as possible, introducing a multi discipline sport at a young age.  This year has seen 1500 boys and girls competing over the weekend, with introductory fencing sessions provided by the Pentathlon GB Development Team.

 

Finn Doyle from Holy Trinity School said ‘I’ve had a fantastic day at Olympic Park, the atmosphere there was really supportive and now I can’t wait to get involved with National Pentathlon Week’.

 

Conor Dougall from Durham School was 3rd overall in the Under 13 age group said ‘An occasion like this is worth all the training and I really appreciate my mum bringing me here to compete for the second time, it’s been amazing to have had the chance to compete again’.  Prizes we presented by GB pentathletes Kate French and James Myatt.

 

The next opportunity for everyone to get involved is National Pentathlon Week, 6 – 12 April where all levels of competitor will find something exciting on offer.

  

Some of the current crop of Britain’s modern pentathlon team have competed at the championships in the past before progressing to tackle all five disciplines of the modern pentathlon. They include Jamie Cooke, Britain’s 2011 world junior champion, and Joe Evans, who won a bronze medal on his World Cup debut in the USA a year ago.

 

Full results are available from the Pentathlon GB website https://www.pentathlongb.org/schools/results.php

 

For further information contact Pentathlon GB on 07711 378259.

 

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 medals at the last four 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.
  • 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 or following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PentathlonGB
  • Further information about the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is available at http://queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk
Eleanor Guest
Saturday, 28th Mar 2015 2015-03-28 Hundreds of Excited Young Athletes Compete at Olympic Park  Eve and Ellie Jones with Joe Evans

This weekend is the culmination of the 2014/15 Pentathlon GB modern biathlon series which has seen over 5,000 athletes aged nine to eighteen taking part in qualifying competitions across the country, trying to earn a place at the prestigious British Schools’ Modern Biathlon Championships.  Nearly 1,500 young athletes will converge on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to compete against the best in their age group, girls on Saturday and boys on Sunday.

With athletes completing both a run and a swim, modern biathlon proves a true test of fitness, skill and tactics.  The younger athletes tackle a 50m swim and an 800m run, while the older age groups swim 200m and run 1600m.  The Aquatics Centre, used to host the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games provides the perfect backdrop for this legacy event.

Laura McNab who finished first in the Under 14 age group, representing The Royal High Senior School and Sixth Form College got a PB in the swim by 1.5 seconds ‘It was really exciting to be swimming in the Olympic pool and to swim a PB just made it even better.  It’s been such a fun day!’

With fencing taster sessions and appearances from GB pentathletes Joe Evans and Eildih Prise it has been a excellent day out for all.

Sisters Eve and Ellie Jones, Under 11 and Under 14 respectively finished third and second overall, with Eve winning best run and Ellie winning best swim.  ‘We’ve had a great family day, mum and dad have been brilliant cheering for us and it was really inspiring to meet Joe Evans who told us what it was like to compete as a GB pentathlete as well.’

The event has been the starting point for of many of today’s modern pentathlon medallists, before they progress to the five disciplines that comprise the sport of Modern Pentathlon; fencing, swimming, riding, and a combined run and shoot.  Former modern biathlon competitors include Jamie Cooke, Britain’s 2015 World Cup 1 gold medallist, and Joe Evans, who won a bronze medal on his World Cup debut in the USA in 2013.

Nigel Laughton, CEO of Pentathlon GB, who attended the event for the first time said ‘This has been a tremendous first day to the Championships with some excellent competitive performances.  Olympic Park inspires the athletes to really push themselves.  We’re now looking to build on the number of participants in the series, getting to 10,000 by 2020.’

With the boys competition set to start tomorrow we are promised another day of exciting competition.

Full results are available from the Pentathlon GB website https://www.pentathlongb.org/schools/results.php

For further information contact Pentathlon GB on 07711 378259.

Eleanor Guest
Friday, 27th Mar 2015 2015-03-27 Community Sport and Recreation Awards Nominations Open

Is your organisation changing lives? Do you represent the very best that sport and recreation organisations can offer their community? If so, nominations are now being taken for the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s Community Sport and Recreation Awards 2015.

The awards, which have been running for over 20 years, are the premier grassroots awards – spanning a sector of more than 300 different sport and recreation activities.

The awards are free to enter and if you win, you could bag yourself up to £2,500.

This year the Community Sport and Recreation Awards has six award categories:

  • Community Sport + Recreation Overall Winner
  • Volunteer Management
  • School Links
  • Professional Club Community Programme of the Year Award
  • Green Thinking
  • Innovative Project Award
  • Youth Volunteering

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 8 July 2015 at the ceremony in London by HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

Application forms should be received no later than 5pm, Friday 8 May 2015

For more information about the Community Sport and Recreation Awards or to find out how to apply visit the Sport and Recreation Alliance website.

Eleanor Guest
Thursday, 26th Mar 2015 2015-03-26 BUCS Sports Advisory Group Volunteer Recruitment

British University and College Sports (BUCS), in partnership with Pentathlon GB, are seeking volunteers to form part of the newly created BUCS Sports Advisory Group for Modern Pentathlon. This group is crucial for driving the sport forward in the University Sector. BUCS are seeking four specific roles to sit on the committee on a voluntary capacity each with its own main roles and responsibilities.  These roles area;
 
Communications Advisor

Responsible to: Catherine Massie - Sport Manager

Main Responsibilities:

  • Generate regular stories during the season relating to the event and student Pentathlon activities and competitions throughout the UK
  • Provide information and updates for Social Media
  • Produce press release before each major event
  • Produce press release after each major event
  • Ensure the information and details is correct and up to date on the BUCS website
  • Ensure the information and details for the competition and opportunities are correct on the Pentathlon GB website
  • Be able to support Pentathlon GB and BUCS in ensuring information and events are attractive to the student population


Competitions Development Advisor:

Responsible to: BUCS Event Coordinator

Main Responsibilities:

  • Advise on all aspects of competition development
  • Review the structure of the competition programme
  • Ensure BUCS competitions are embedded within all NGB calendars
  • Provide a competition development report for the annual report
  • Ensure Tournament Directors are appointed for all tournaments
  • Liaise with the participation adviser to develop appropriate competitions for mass participation
  • Advise the BUCS Event Coordinator on the location for all events
  • Advise the BUCS Event Coordinator on all entry information
  • Send results for all events to the BUCS event coordinator in a format and to a deadline agreed with the BUCS Event Coordinator
  • Develop role descriptions for all volunteers at events
  • Recruit and manage all event volunteers
  • Appoint and manage all officials at events
  • Produce an event report with the BUCS Event Coordinator for the annual report


Participation Advisor (Pentathlon University Champion Representative)

Responsible to: Catherine Massie - Sport Manager

Main Responsibilities:

  • Work alongside the NGB to provide data on levels of participation within HE
  • Work alongside the Competition Development Advisor to develop appropriate competitions to increase levels of participation
  • Identify models of good practice applicable to HE institutions
  • Lead on the implementation of the participation section of the strategy
  • Lead the network of the Pentathlon University Champions to ensure a range of student views are represented
  • Communicate issues to and from the student network
  • Conduct a survey of all BUCS teams and Individual participants annually

Performance Advisor

Responsible to: Catherine Massie - Sport Manager

Main Responsibilities:

  • Advise the BUCS Head of International on matters relating to WUCs and WUGs
  • Advise SAG on all performance related issues
  • Advise the competition development advisor to ensure the competition provide a suitable format for elite competitor
  • Identify Universities able to support talented athletes
  • Advise HE Institutions regarding the requirements of talented players

The roles will require attendance at two meetings throughout the year, email and telephone correspondence and attendance at the BUCS Championships.
 
This is an exciting opportunity for anyone with a passion for University sport and Modern Pentathlon. If you feel you have a contribution to make to these roles please get in touch with Rachael Handley, Pentathlon Development Officer North and Chair of the Modern Pentathlon BUCS Advisory Group – rachael.handley@pentathlongb.org
 
Closing date for enquiries: Friday 24th April 2015

Eleanor Guest
Thursday, 26th Mar 2015 2015-03-26 International Competition Results

Last weekend saw most of the Bath based pentathletes in action in a number of competitions with some great results!  Well done to all of our athletes, great to see so much competitive action over a weekend.

 

World Cup 2

Freyja Prentice 3rd

Francesca Summers 14th

 

Joe Evans 15th

Jamie Cooke 32nd

(James Myatt 19th in qualification group)

(Sam Curry 24th in qualification group)

 

Swiss Women's International

Jo Muir 1st

Mhairi Spence 5th

Georgia Pipes 12th

Maili Mackenzie 14th

 

Budapest Open

Tom Toolis 3rd

Joe Choong 5th

Tommy Lees 8th

Luke Tasker 17th

Nick Woodbridge 23rd

Eleanor Guest
Thursday, 26th Mar 2015 2015-03-26 Part Time Pentathlon Development Officer Recruitment

Pentathlon GB is seeking an experienced and dynamic individual, working with the Development team to implement Pentathlon GB's Whole Sport Plan.  The main development aims are:

  1. To provide opportunities for supporting the development of the English Talent Programme at national and regional levels.
  2. To increase the number of people participating in the sports of Modern Pentathlon as members of the Association and in particular competing in the different competition formats of the sport

 

Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the sport of Modern Pentathlon with a rich history of Olympic success. We are seeking to recruit a Pentathlon Development Officer to manage and develop activity across the North, Yorkshire and East Midlands who has the drive and ambition to translate the National Strategy into action through co-ordination of coaches and organisers at a local level and to maximise opportunities to build capacity in our sport.

The role can be based away from our Head office at Bath University, and will have a requirement to travel.  The salary will be in the range £24,000 - £26,000 plus benefits.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with a proven experience of developing sport, excellent people skills and the ability to deliver objectives.  This should include the ability to demonstrate experience in the majority of the following areas:

  1. Able to demonstrate a good understanding of the sporting structures in Great Britain.
  2. Previous experience of developing sport and encouraging participation.
  3. Able to demonstrate previous experience in managing projects, setting goals and achieving results.
  4. Able to form effective relationships and partnerships to enable the delivery of projects.
  5. Able to demonstrate an understanding of coordinating  and managing teams of people.
  6. Proven ability  to  effectively work as part of a team and if necessary be able to use initiative and lead peers when required.

 

The job description and competency profile can be found here.

If you would like an informal discussion about this opportunity please contact National Development Manager Rebecca Gibson on 07720 591421 or rebecca.gibson@pentathlongb.org

To apply please send your CV and covering letter detailing why you are suitable for the role to eleanor.guest@pentathlongb.org no later than Wednesday 01 April 15.  Interviews will take place on Wednesday 08 April 15.

Eleanor Guest
Thursday, 26th Mar 2015 2015-03-26 British Fencing Recruitment

PARTICIPATION PROGRAMME MANAGER X 2 POSITIONS

Salary circa £37k - plus expenses and incentive based pay

British Fencing, the National Governing Body for Fencing, is seeking two Participation Programme Managers to join their small but dynamic team. British Fencing is positioning itself at the leading edge of NGB participation work through innovative and insight-led strategies to drive sustainable participation. This is the opportunity to be involved by ‘changing the game’ in terms of its approach to delivering participation increase and long term sustainability in sport development.

Responsible for increasing participation at a grass root level, each Participation Programme Manager (PPM) will work with national and regional strategic partners that are contracted to British Fencing to support growth. In addition, the role of the PPM is to empower and support local delivery partners, committed to front line delivery, to engage and retain new fencers.

He or she will contribute to the achievement of the organisations objectives and targets, through the following:

  1. Grow the number of young (U25) beginner fencers
  2. Retain beginners of all ages in regular fencing activity
  3. Enable and support customer led transitions between fencing experiences
  4. Extend the reach of British Fencing to better access customers
  5. Foster an inclusive fencing experience

 

The PPM will be required to work towards these objectives through target driven and customer led programmes. Each PPM will have full responsibility for either one of the following:

 

HE Programme

  • An HE fencing offer that enhances student experience using a customer led approach, which will be delivered in a select number of universities across England.

Youth Programme:

  • A youth fencing offer that that responds to our young customer insights, needs and passions, of which will be delivered in a select number of youth groups operating within England.

 

All associated targets will be achieved by partnering with a range of organisations that have a track record of engaging with and retaining U25’s in sport and delivering sustainable programmes. Work is already underway to secure nationally and regionally recognised organisations to endorse this approach with their local delivery partners.

The successful candidate will be educated to degree level with an excellent knowledge of community sport and the sports development landscape. They will have proven experience in identifying, delivering and evaluating community projects that are customer centric.  Ideally candidates will be experienced in working with leading organisations in public sector sport (including the preparation of plans and reports), such as Sport England, British Universities and Colleges Sport, Youth Sport Trust, Sporting Equals etc.

He or She will be highly skilled in finding effective solutions and will be a persuasive influencer with strong relationship building skills.

If you feel you have the suitable skills and attributes for this position then we would like to hear from you.

This is a profession which is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check will be required.

How to apply

British Fencing is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sectors of society.  Any appointment will be made on merit alone.  For further information, please visit the main "Vacancies" page www.britishfencing.com/news/vacanciesandrecruitment/ to download a full job description and person specification. 

Please submit your CV (maximum 3 pages) with a covering letter (maximum 2 pages) by email to Dawn Brown, Personnel Dynamics, dawnbrown@personneldynamics.co.uk clearly identifying how your skills and experience are relevant to the requirements outlined in the job description.

Closing date - Tuesday 21st April

Interview date - 30th April 2015

Job Description

 

Eleanor Guest
Tuesday, 24th Mar 2015 2015-03-24 Modern Pentathlon Week Timetable Launch!

Join us in our celebration of Modern Pentathlon! The timetable is now available through the calendar page here and we hope that you can join us! We have a full week of fun activities for everyone, adults and children, experienced or inexperienced it doesn’t matter, check out our leaflet and learn more about Modern Pentathlon Week and find the activity closest to you.

Modern Pentathlon Week was created to bring the country together in celebration of our Olympic sport and all its variations. We celebrate all our successes, our athletes’ passion for multi-discipline sport and the commitment family and friends put in to make it all come together. Clubs around the country offer everything from three days camps to taster sessions, the best way to find out where to go is to check out our leaflet and timetable attached to this article.

This is your chance to get involved in a new sport, meet new people and find new friends. Don’t miss out, take this chance to get involved and become a part of the Modern Pentathlon family.

Charlotte Addis
Monday, 23rd Mar 2015 2015-03-23 Cairo Farewell

I like motor sport, follow car industry news, car technology developments and enjoy driving on German autobahn network where are still vast sections of motorways free of speed restrictions. Opportunity of driving 150 miles per hour through undulated sweeping corners between Koln and Frankfurt or tackle Via Carolina from Nurnberg to Waidhaus on Easter Sunday morning when all locals are asleep and lorry drivers at home is a unique treat. Speed itself is not a target it is about getting in intimate touch with potential of highly sophisticated machinery. Obviously the driving skills, understanding of speed implications on braking distances, ability to predict behaviour of fellow road users and perfectly maintained car are essential before anyone should attempt.

I think that Top Gear have done incredible amount of important work on drivers’ education and sophistication, fought the drivers’ corner against scaremongering besides being entertaining most of the time. I have followed the show inconsistently over the years and noticed lately that it has become a bit predictable like any aging TV programme. Although all presenters work hard and deliver for success of the show Clarkson stands out. He seemed to set his own boundaries even they are very vague almost hypothetical.  Reading about recent controversy it occurred to me that English language could be enriched by new term ‘clarksonism’. I would define it as; Uncontrollable primary urge to say things that may offend, are politically incorrect or hurt someone’s deep feelings. It is state of mind when you know that what you are going to say is no way acceptable and if you say it problems will happen but you say it anyway.           

I experienced episode of ‘clarksonism’ on the Final days of the World Cup when shot were not registered, athletes, coaches and laser technology providers together trying to make things work, increasing tensions surrounding the climax of the day. I did not surrender to the urge kept calm and carried on assisting as much as possible instead. The most frustrating is when one of your athletes is in trouble caused by shortcomings outside of his/her control. We are all in this situation that is screaming for rapid action on behalf the Technical body. We sincerely hope that the upcoming World Cup in Rome will provide reassurance that we as a sport are heading in the right direction.

Jamie and Joe E suffered badly. Intestinal problems and chest infections almost ruined completely their Finals. It was a damage limitation and not contest for the top positions. My stores of Loperamide Hydrochloride and Paracetamol are depleted as we wait to board the plane back to Heathrow.  Let’s believe they will be able to recover fast enough to make it to Rome just over two weeks time from now. Honestly I would not bet on it.

Freyja Prentice has been long in waiting for return to the World Cup podium. She is living proof of how complicated it is in our sport to put together elements of the competition in one comprehensive package. We had to make tough decision to go for the unknown reserve horse after the drawn one with Mexican rider did not get further than obstacle six. It paid off providing Freyja with opportunity to demonstrate undisputable riding skills and gain confidence in her ability leading up to the Combined Event.  Francesca Summers achieved 14th place in the maiden World Cup competition, highly respectable result and performance indicating future potential. The competition within the British women is heating up and that is a good thing for all of them looking forward to the Olympic Qualification later this year. Rome World Cup next.   

Jan Bartu
Sunday, 22nd Mar 2015 2015-03-22 Bartu pays tribute to his athletes in Cairo despite a testing backdrop

Jan Bartu, the GB Performance Director, paid tribute today to the British athletes in Cairo this weekend at the World Cup.

“The medal was fantastic yesterday and we should not be disappointed with the men today given the circumstances”, he said.

Freyja Prentice took bronze in the women’s individual event despite horse problems and was backed by a fantastic debut performance from Francesca Summers who finished 14th.

Today Joe Evans came home 15th overall and Jamie Cooke, a World Cup winner a month ago in the USA, was 32nd. Both were battling a stomach virus as well as the opposition.

“These things happen and it’s not an excuse. That’s just the way it is”, said Bartu.

Joe Evans looked on track to lay down his best World Cup performance since early 2013 when he started the final event – the combined run-shoot – in sixth place.

Earlier, like Cooke, he fenced reasonably well and then clocked the second fastest swim of the day and added a flawless ride to set him up for the combined.

“That’s when you could see that he didn't’ have anything left, that’s where it had its effect”, said Bartu who watched as Evans dropped back to 16th overall.

Cooke laboured hard to the end but also dropped places during the combined from 21st to 30th place.  He struggled, too, on the swim posting an unusually slow time of 2:07.51.

Home favourite Omar El Geziry was first going into the run-shoot but was overhauled by Latvia’s Ruslan Nakonechnyi who was in fantastic form on the range.  He went on to take gold with the Czech Republic’s Jan Kuf in silver.

Yesterday, Freyja Prentice, became the third British woman to stand on a World Cup podium this season so far, underlining the GB squad’s strength in depth.

She took bronze, in an event won by Olympic Champion Laura Askadauskaite, to add to the gold and bronze medals won by Samantha Murray and Kate French respectively a month ago.

Prentice, who finished with 1323 points, battled hard to move up from seventh to take a medal in a thrilling finish to the combined run-shoot event.

“Freyja has been a long time in waiting for a performance like this”, said Bartu.

“She started well in the fencing which is important for her as her swimming is not her strongest event”.

Drama then struck as the horse drawn by Prentice was eliminated in the first round after a few fences when ridden by another rider. 

Bartu and Prentice had to make a choice whether to risk riding it or asking for the reserve choice. They settled for the latter and, with under 20 minutes to get to know her new mount, Prentice’s flawless ride was all the more remarkable.

“I think that gave her the confidence she needed going into the last event to get a medal”, said Bartu.

“Francesca also deserves big credit for the way in which she performed, being in the situation of competing at a World Cup for the first time in her life.  It was fantastic to see and so good for the women’s group as another athlete is now there and lining up”.

For full results:  www.uipm.org

For further information contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 384211 or press@matchtight.co.uk

Pentathlon GB Selected Athletes

World Cup 2, Egypt

Women:

Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, – Inverurie near Aberdeen – lives: Bath

Francesca Summers – 13.02.96, Guildford – lives: Paris

Men:

Jamie Cooke 03.03.91, Cheltenham - lives: Bath

Joe Evans  05.09.93, Whitchurch, Shropshire – lives: Bath

Samuel Curry - 03.09.93, Salfords, Surrey – lives: Bath

James Myatt – 13.05.91, Rochester, Kent – lives: Bath

Swiss Women’s International – 21 March

Mhairi Spence – 31.08.85, Farr, near Inverness – lives: Bath

Joanna Muir – 30.08.94, Castle Douglas, Dumfries - lives: Bath

Georgia Pipes – 07/06/96, Easingwold, N.Yorks, - lives: Bath.

Maili Mackenzie – 09.02.95, Forest of Ae, Dumfries – lives: Bath

Budapest Cup – 19-21 March

Joseph Choong 23.05.95, Orpington – lives: Bath

Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, north-east London – lives: Bath

Luke Tasker – 28.01.94, Clitheroe, Lancs, - lives: Bath

Tommy Lees – 07.01.94, lives: Bath

Nick Woodbridge - 01.07.96, Telford – lives: Bath

Notes for Editors

 

Caroline Searle
Saturday, 21st Mar 2015 2015-03-21 Prentice wins World Cup bronze in Cairo

Freyja Prentice has become the third British woman to stand on a World Cup podium this season so far, underlining the GB squad’s strength in depth.

She took bronze in Cairo today to add to the gold and bronze medals won by Samantha Murray and Kate French respectively a month ago in the USA.

Prentice, who finished with 1323 points, battled hard to move up from seventh to take a medal in a thrilling finish to the combined run-shoot event.

Earlier Prentice had performed strongly in the fencing competition to record 21 wins and 232 pentathlon points but could only finish 26th fastest in the swim with a time of 2:25.31. 

She put herself back in contention with full points (300) on the ride to leave her in seventh place going into the combined event with a 48 second margin behind American Margaux Isaksen.

Isaksen, who took silver last month in the USA, was leading until the very last shooting stage today when she struggled to hit the targets in a tense climax to the all-day event.

The American was overhauled on the range by Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania who ran on to victory, overturning Isaksen’s 31 second advantage at the start of the combined event.

Prentice came back through the field and moved into bronze just before that final stage.

Francesca Summers, making her senior world cup debut for Britain after taking Youth Olympic Games bronze last year, was seventh in the fencing, 19th in the swim and 20th in the ride. That put her in 10th place, 56 seconds behind the leader, going into the final event before ultimately finishing 14th overall with 1274 points.

Tomorrow Joe Evans and Jamie Cooke will be in action for GB in the men’s individual final.

Caroline Searle
Saturday, 21st Mar 2015 2015-03-21 Talent Identification at the British Triathlon Champs

 

Entry to Pathway Talent Programme

1. The basis of the GB World Class Programme continues to be a strong physical base with additional consideration criteria for technical disciplines.

2. In addition to the already completed 2014/15 Talent ID Camps it has been approved by the Performance Team that a third TID Camp will be conducted following the 2015 British Triathlon Championships. This is to enable those athletes that did not attend the British Biathlon Championships and subsequently didn’t get the opportunity to attend the camps, now be given that opportunity.

The top 4 athletes (boys and girls) from the British Triathlon Final in the Under 17 (Youth B) age group will be considered. Providing they are not currently on the Pathway Talent Programme. Also, the top 4, Under 15 (2nd year Youth C only) athletes from the British Triathlon Final will also be considered.

N.B. All Under 17 (Youth B) athletes will be required to compete with laser equipment on Sunday 26th April.

All Under 15 (2nd yr C) athletes can be considered by competing on Saturday 25th April In the traditional Pellet shooting Triathlon or can compete with the laser equipment on Sunday 26th April. This will require them to compete in the Under 17 (Yth B) age group (Swim 200 metres and Combined Event of 3 shoots x 2400 run metre no static target)

3. The date of TID#3 camp will be 23rd 24th May 2015

4. TALENT PREPARATION – (In addition to 1 – 3 above)

Athletes at the British Triathlon Championships that in accordance with the Pathway Entry & Exit Policy meet the eligibility standards will be placed in a period of “Talent Preparation” to work towards the 2015/16 TID Camp Series:

An example timeline would be:

  • Attend British Triathlon Championships – April
  • Selected for TID Residential Camps
  • May – October work towards attending the TID Camps, be in receipt of the battery of tests and develop necessary skills
  • November/December attend TID Camps for assessment
Sue Hyde
Friday, 20th Mar 2015 2015-03-20 Cairo Calling

Nowadays hotels come with sleek sealed windows. Forget to open one and enjoy natural airflow refreshing the ambient. Even the 5 star best-maintained hotels make me feel like a prisoner as long as they provide only fully air-conditioned interiors.  You cannot get away from ever-present odour of the frequently used carpets and linings. I can imagine that people allergic to dust and other particles may sometimes struggle. Last year at the end of the World Championships in Warsaw some athletes and coaches reported throat dryness, early morning fatigue and feeling under the weather after a week sleeping in the top-notch hotel alias aquarium.

Then there is a second hand smoking we have to live with and cannot escape. Air conditioning extracts residual cigarette smoke, pushes it through the filters that are usually insufficient and recycles it back, wonderful. I appreciate cultures differ, no need to assume alienated posture because quantity of people in Africa and Asia smoke. Many of white Caucasians of Celtic genetic pool have, on the other hand, historic inclination to abuse alcohol. I suggest let’s call it a tie. It would be a positive step forward in human race evolution when a smoking free society merges with moderate alcohol consumption society in the visible future, in the West particularly.

That leads me to a question; explain the West. I have watched news the other day and headline was; ‘United States and the West’. I acknowledge that the United States is entity by itself, no problem there but ‘the West’ is harder to define. From here, looking at the subject, it would be section of the planet Earth close to the North Pole, bit eastwards touching perhaps eastern outskirts of Moscow, more westwards behind the west coast of Ireland and southwards just about 200 miles down from Athens. Purely from the geographic point of view that does not make sense.  Consequently I think that we need not just sense but a handful of common sense to overcome seemingly existing antagonism between the ‘geographically’ divided Worlds.

Freyja, Francesca, Jamie and Joe E will be competing in the Cairo World Cup Finals. They stood their ground and delivered high standard performances in the semi-finals. We have seen couple of new prospects making their debut over the two days.  Ilke Ozyuksel 18, female athlete representing Turkey, is the first Turkish Pentathlete achieving the final stage of the World Cup. Max Esposito 18, from Australia is another raising star of the men’s competition bringing blisteringly fast shooting and relaxed attitude. Russian Team lost 3 out their 4 strong men line up today surely disappointing result for one of the leading nations. Egypt qualified 5 men and 1 woman to the Finals maximising the opportunity of hosting the World Cup event on home soil.

Exciting times here in Cairo with the prospect of totally unpredictable Finals in both women and men competitions. Good Luck to all British athletes.

Jan Bartu
Friday, 20th Mar 2015 2015-03-20 Cooke tops World Cup qualifying group in Cairo

Britain’s Jamie Cooke moved into Sunday’s individual men’s final at the season’s second World Cup in Cairo by topping his qualifying group today.

Cooke, from Cheltenham and the winner of the first World Cup of 2015 in the USA last month, recorded 19 wins in the fencing and was second fastest in the swim to give himself a good margin going into the combined run-shoot.  His final total of 1151 was just a point ahead of World Champion Aleksander Lesun of Russia.

In group C, Joe Evans was seventh going into the combined event after posting one of his group’s faster swim times.  He went on to claim third spot, and a qualifying place for the final, with 1134 points, after a first-class combined event.

Britain’s Sam Curry did not have the best of days and finished in 24th with 1045 points and will not progress further. This group was topped today by Max Esposito of Australia,  winner of last year’s GB Junior International at Solihull.

James Myatt - a newcomer to this level - was In group B and hauled himself up from 26th after two events to finish a creditable 19th after a good run-shoot in which he finished in the top ten.

The quartet of men in action today all train at the sport’s UK high performance centre at the University of Bath. This will be the venue for the 2015 European Championships in August where eight Olympic qualifying slots will be contested in August. Tickets went on sale for that event this week:  www.pentathlongb.org/euros2015

Yesterday in Cairo, Francesca Summers and Freyja Prentice both qualified safely for tomorrow’s women’s final.

Summers, a newcomer to the senior ranks, took second place in qualification group B to amass 1034 points.  18 wins in the fencing round were a significant contributor to her performance in the four-discipline contest (fencing, swimming, run-shoot).  Poland’s Oktawia Nowacka, a double World Cup winner in 2014, won this group.

Prentice was also a comfortable qualifier with 1021 points taking fifth place in group A behind group winner Australian Chloe Esposito, a former World Junior Championships bronze medallist.

Prentice was fifth after the fencing with 16 wins but dropped back after posting one of the day’s slower swim times - ground she made up on the run-shoot with the fourth fastest time of her group.

Athletes compete in four disciplines in the qualifying rounds with show-jumping added for the finals.  

World Cup 2, Egypt: GB Team

Women:

Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, – Inverurie near Aberdeen – lives: Bath

Francesca Summers – 13.02.96, Guildford – lives: Paris

Men:

Jamie Cooke 03.03.91, Cheltenham - lives: Bath

Joe Evans  05.09.93, Whitchurch, Shropshire – lives: Bath

Samuel Curry - 03.09.93, Salfords, Surrey – lives: Bath

James Myatt – 13.05.91, Rochester, Kent – lives: Bath

For further information contact: The Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or press@matchtight.co.uk

 
Caroline Searle
Thursday, 19th Mar 2015 2015-03-19 Prentice and Summers safely through at World Cup 2 in Cairo

British modern pentathletes Francesca Summers and Freyja Prentice are both safely through the qualifying round at the season’s second World Cup in Cairo, Egypt.

Summers, a newcomer to the senior ranks, took second place in qualification group B to amass 1034 points.  18 wins in the fencing round were a significant contributor to her performance in the four-discipline contest (fencing, swimming, run-shoot).  Poland’s Oktawia Nowacka, a double World Cup winner in 2014, won this group.

Prentice was also a comfortable qualifier with 1021 points taking fifth place in group A behind group winner Australian Chloe Esposito, a former World Junior Championships bronze medallist.

Prentice was fifth after the fencing with 16 wins but dropped back after posting one of the day’s slower swim times - ground she made up on the run-shoot with the fourth fastest time of her group.

Britain’s men will be in action tomorrow in their qualifying round.  Jamie Cooke, a winner in the opening World Cup in the USA last month, will hope to reinforce that success. He is joined by emerging athletes James Myatt, Samuel Curry and Joe Evans.

Athletes compete in four disciplines in the qualifying rounds with show-jumping added for the finals.  

World Cup 2, Egypt: GB Team

Women:

Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, – Inverurie near Aberdeen – lives: Bath

Francesca Summers – 13.02.96, Guildford – lives: Paris

Men:

Jamie Cooke 03.03.91, Cheltenham - lives: Bath

Joe Evans  05.09.93, Whitchurch, Shropshire – lives: Bath

Samuel Curry - 03.09.93, Salfords, Surrey – lives: Bath

James Myatt – 13.05.91, Rochester, Kent – lives: Bath

 

For further information contact: The Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or press@matchtight.co.uk

 

 

Caroline Searle
Thursday, 19th Mar 2015 2015-03-19 Pentathlon GB adds SKINS to its commercial family  The CB squad celebrating the arrival of their new gear

Just 24 hours after tickets went on sale for this year’s Modern Pentathlon European Championships, taking place in Bath this summer, Pentathlon GB has announced an addition to its commercial family.

SKINS, the global market leader in sports compression, has pledged to support the elite squad and the sport’s young and emerging stars with training and competition garments.

SKINS pioneering garments apply compression to specific body parts in a balanced and accurate way to accelerate blood flow to deliver more oxygen to working muscles. The improved blood flow also helps remove lactic acid and other metabolic waste. Playing a big part in recovery, the improved oxygenation reduces the effects of delayed onset muscle soreness and accelerates muscle repair.

The news comes on the day the season’s second World Cup starts in Cairo and as a boost to the University of Bath based squad who are poised to challenge for Rio 2016 Olympic qualifying places from June onwards.

“It’s an important year for us with Rio in mind.  We want to qualify a full quota of men and women for next year’s Games and having the right kit will give us a feel-good factor as well as performance edge in the coming months”, said Nigel Laughton, the organisation’s Chief Executive Officer.

He has struck a deal which will last until the end of December 2016 that will allow Pentathlon GB athletes access to SKINS’ new A400 range for training and competition, as well as their revolutionary RY400 range for recovery purposes too.

“Modern Pentathlon is one of the nation’s most successful sports squads”, said David Ling, SKINS UK General Manager. “We're delighted to have joined forces with Nigel and the team to supply them with a product that will scientifically support their busy training and competition schedule. We’re confident that the partnership will be mutually beneficial as we both strive for excellence."

Whilst the Rio qualifying process begins at the World Cup final in June, the home European Championships from 18-23 August is one of the more significant opportunities for GB athletes to secure quota places for the nation. Eight will be on offer there.

The GB squad is hoping for a big home crowd to boost them.  Kate French, winner of World Cup bronze earlier this month, said: “The European Championships are a great opportunity to bring another major competition to Great Britain where the crowd will be able to fully support the GB athletes.

“Spending so much time training in Bath it would be amazing to have the opportunity to gain an Olympic qualification place here in Bath. Hopefully having the 'feeling at home' will give that extra advantage”.

Tickets for the Europeans will be priced from £6 to £21 with all under-18s welcome for £1 per day.  There will be options to try individual sports during breaks in the action and an “event village” of stands and displays to add to the big-event experience.

“It is not every day that live Olympic sport is on the doorstep, so we are hoping that local people will join those coming from around the country to cheer our athletes on.  This is a crucial event on the road to Rio for the GB pentathletes as well as being an exciting spectacle”, said Event Director Kara Luck.

The Modern Pentathlon European Championships in Bath will be part of the £27million Road to Rio event series in the UK which is backed by UK Sport, the nation’s high performance sports agency, through National Lottery funding.

For further information contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 384211 or press@matchtight.co.uk

 

 

Caroline Searle
Wednesday, 18th Mar 2015 2015-03-18 Top modern pentathletes launch ticket sales for 2015 European Championships  Spence and Woodbridge today helped launch tickets of this year's Euros

With five months to go tickets for the Modern Pentathlon European Championships have gone on sale today.  The Championships, one of the earliest opportunities the GB athletes have to qualify for Rio 2016, are set to take place 18 – 23 August 2015 in Bath.

London 2012 silver medallist Samantha Murray and recent World Cup winner Jamie Cooke look set to vie for one of the eight Olympic qualifying slots on offer at the Championships which  will take place on a compact site at the University of Bath.

Over 100 athletes from across Europe are expected to attend to challenge for the titles in this four event, five discipline sport which is at the heart of Olympic tradition.

Pentathletes compete in fencing, swimming, horse riding and a combined run and shoot event, all in one day, in a challenge of skills and endurance. During the Championships in Bath there will be individual and team events across six days of action.

Bath is a focus for the sport in the UK as the top pentathletes live in the city and train every day in the National Training Centre at the University of Bath’s £30 million Sports Training Village.

Local people will get the chance to join spectators from around the UK and Europe to see Rio 2016 Olympic qualifying up close as the organisers have worked hard to create family friendly ticket prices.

Tickets will be priced from just £6 with under 18s welcomed for £1 each.  As well as the main competition events there will be options to try out the individual sports during breaks in the action plus an event village of stands and displays to add to the big event experience.

“It is not every day that live Olympic sport is on the doorstep, and this is a great opportunity for local people to join those coming from around the country to cheer our athletes on.  This is a crucial event for Europe’s top Pentathletes as well as being an exciting spectacle”, said Event Director Kara Luck.

“The University is the home for Pentathlon GB’s elite squad and we are delighted to work with the sport to host such an important event on the calendar”, said Stephen Baddeley, Director of Sport at the University of Bath. 

“Modern Pentathletes, many of whom also study at the University, are incredibly high-achieving athletes because of the number of disciplines they need to train towards every day. Theirs is a fascinating sport to watch and this event will rekindle all the excitement of London 2012”, he added.

GB Performance Director Jan Bartu also knows the advantage that a home venue can bring and, for him, the event in August is something quite special.  “I have been working here in Bath since 1998, before the Sports Training Village was built, and it has always been my dream to stage a big event here where we train every day.  It is quite magical for me and my coaching team to finally realise this ambition”.

Recent world cup gold winner and former World Junior Champion Jamie Cooke said:  “ Competing on home soil is always fun, to have the crowd there backing you the whole way.  What makes it even more special is having the Europeans in our city, which I'm sure will bring an added advantage.  

“Having friends and family supporting and watching makes competing even more special.  With this being one of the first chances of qualifying for Rio I'm sure the competition will be fierce, I think we are all looking forward to the challenge”.

Samantha Murray, London 2012 Olympic silver medallist, said she was excited by the prospect of competing in an Olympic qualifier at her home training base.

“It will be a fantastic opportunity for our sport to harness the interest generated by the 2012 Olympics and by the performance of the British men and women there.”

“From my experience in London I know it will be a fabulous occasion for British athletes to compete on home soil in front of friends, families and supporters, and that’s always an advantage,” she added.

The Modern Pentathlon European Championships in Bath forms part of UK Sport’s   £27 million National Lottery funded major events programme to help athletes qualify and prepare for Rio 2016.

For ticket information please visit www.pentathlongb.org/euros2015

For further details contact Bryn Vaile or Caroline Searle in the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or by email at press@matchtight.co.uk

Ticket prices:

See Five (Swim, Fence, Ride, Run & Shoot)

Relay Sessions - £10

Finals - £14

Weekend ticket  - £21

See Four (Fence, Ride, Run & Shoot Ticket)

Relay Sessions - £8

Finals – £12

Weekend ticket - £18

See Three (Ride, Run & Shoot Ticket)

Relay Sessions - £6

Finals - £10

Weekend ticket - £15

 

 

Caroline Searle
Tuesday, 17th Mar 2015 2015-03-17 Part Time Pentathlon Development Officer Recruitment

Pentathlon GB is seeking an experienced and dynamic individual, working with the Development team to implement Pentathlon GB's Whole Sport Plan.  The main development aims are:

  1. To provide opportunities for supporting the development of the English Talent Programme at national and regional levels.
  2. To increase the number of people participating in the sports of Modern Pentathlon as members of the Association and in particular competing in the different competition formats of the sport

 

Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the sport of Modern Pentathlon with a rich history of Olympic success. We are seeking to recruit a Pentathlon Development Officer to manage and develop activity across the North, Yorkshire and East Midlands who has the drive and ambition to translate the National Strategy into action through co-ordination of coaches and organisers at a local level and to maximise opportunities to build capacity in our sport.

The role can be based away from our Head office at Bath University, and will have a requirement to travel.  The salary will be in the range £24,000 - £26,000 plus benefits.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with a proven experience of developing sport, excellent people skills and the ability to deliver objectives.  This should include the ability to demonstrate experience in the majority of the following areas:

  1. Able to demonstrate a good understanding of the sporting structures in Great Britain.
  2. Previous experience of developing sport and encouraging participation.
  3. Able to demonstrate previous experience in managing projects, setting goals and achieving results.
  4. Able to form effective relationships and partnerships to enable the delivery of projects.
  5. Able to demonstrate an understanding of coordinating  and managing teams of people.
  6. Proven ability  to  effectively work as part of a team and if necessary be able to use initiative and lead peers when required.

 

The job description and competency profile can be found here.

If you would like an informal discussion about this opportunity please contact National Development Manager Rebecca Gibson on 07720 591421 or rebecca.gibson@pentathlongb.org

To apply please send your CV and covering letter detailing why you are suitable for the role to eleanor.guest@pentathlongb.org no later than Wednesday 01 April 15.  Interviews will take place on Wednesday 08 April 15.

Eleanor Guest
Monday, 16th Mar 2015 2015-03-16 PGB Ranking Lists No4/2015 and No5/2015

PGB Ranking Lists No4/2015 and No5/2015 are now available in the Performance > Rankings pages.

Stuart Mason
Monday, 16th Mar 2015 2015-03-16 GB Youth International  Line up of Competitors following the Presentation of Awards

The GB Youth International took place in Solihull on Saturday 14th March 2015 on a very cold but dry day. All of the Individual disciplines were all staged at the well equipped Tudor Grange Leisure Centre which has become the home of our British Championships so is well known to the GBR athletes. 67 athletes representing GBR, IRE, GER, POR, GRE, SWE, ESP, and EGY took part. Unfortunately all but one of the Egyptian team had their travel Visa’s rejected at the last minute and 3 other overseas athletes had to withdraw due to injury.  This reduced our entry from the competing Nations by 18 athletes leading to hasty changes to the timetable.  That aside, the competition was fiercely contested and feedback from the overseas athletes was hugely positive.

Parents and Spectators enjoyed seeing a full one day competition with some very high standard results in both age groups for the boys and girls.  GBR took all of the individual medals in the Youth A Boys competition with Josh Millar taking gold, Henry Choong Silver and Myles Pillage Bronze; Kerenza Bryson took gold in the Youth A girls competition, Georgina Summers Silver and Maria Migueis Teixeira of Portugal the Bronze. The gold medal for the Youth B Boys went to Philip Dannfors of Sweden, with George Budden and Shea Hannam taking Silver and Bronze respectively; Hannah Featherstone took Gold in the Youth B Girls competition, with the youngest competitor in the competition, Mariam Amer from Egypt taking Silver and Zoe Gowers the Bronze.  GBR took all of the team awards in all categories.  A huge well done to all competing athletes and to your parents and coaches behind the scenes supporting you.

The GB Youth International is now a firm fixture in the UIPM Calendar and we look forward to hosting it again in 2016.

Sue Hyde
Friday, 13th Mar 2015 2015-03-13 World Cup 1 winner Cooke named in squad for Egypt

Pentathlon GB has today announced its teams for three international competitions in the next 10 days including the season’s second World Cup in Egypt from 19-23 March.

Jamie Cooke will have the chance to add to his opening round success after winning gold in Sarasota, USA, last month.  Samantha Murray, who also took gold, in a historic Pentathlon GB double, is rested for this round.

“We need to maximise the potential of all our athletes to perform well at the big events like the World and European Championships and different athletes are on different programmes because of this.  Sam will compete at the World Cups in Rome and Hungary”, explained National Performance Director Jan Bartu.

Former Junior World Champion Cooke is joined in the men’s squad by Joe Evans, Sam Curry and James Myatt in Cairo, offering a mix of experience and emerging talent.

Performance Director Jan Bartu has gone with a similar mix in his World Cup picks from the women’s squad.  Frejya Prentice, who made her debut on the World Cup circuit in 2009, will compete alongside teenager Francesca Summers.

“Every World Cup is important to us and for the athletes attending as we get closer and closer to Olympic qualifying”, said Bartu of a process for Rio which begins in June at the World Cup final and during which the home Europeans in Bath this August will be a significant milestone.

Bartu is also making use of two other international competitions as the overall training group prepares for that Olympic build-up.  Former World Champion, Mhairi Spence, will compete in the Swiss Women’s International in Bern on 21 March as she eases back into top flight competition after winter training.

Jo Muir, who competed in the World Cup in the USA a month ago, joins Spence as do youngsters Georgia Pipes and Maili Mackenzie.

Five GB men will contest the Budapest Cup from 19-21 March.  They are Joseph Choong, Tom Toolis, Luke Tasker, Tommy Lees and Nick Woodbridge – the latter  is a double Olympian who won bronze in the London 2012 test event to qualify for the home Games and is on the comeback trail.

Pentathlon GB Selected Athletes

World Cup 2, Egypt

Women:

Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, – Inverurie near Aberdeen – lives: Bath

Francesca Summers – 13.02.96, Guildford – lives: Paris

Men:

Jamie Cooke 03.03.91, Cheltenham - lives: Bath

Joe Evans  05.09.93, Whitchurch, Shropshire – lives: Bath

Samuel Curry - 03.09.93, Salfords, Surrey – lives: Bath

James Myatt – 13.05.91, Rochester, Kent – lives: Bath

Swiss Women’s International – 21 March

Mhairi Spence – 31.08.85, Farr, near Inverness – lives: Bath

Joanna Muir – 30.08.94, Castle Douglas, Dumfries - lives: Bath

Georgia Pipes – 07/06/96, Easingwold, N.Yorks, - lives: Bath.

Maili Mackenzie – 09.02.95, Forest of Ae, Dumfries – lives: Bath

Budapest Cup – 19-21 March

Joseph Choong 23.05.95, Orpington – lives: Bath

Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, north-east London – lives: Bath

Luke Tasker – 28.01.94, Clitheroe, Lancs, - lives: Bath

Tommy Lees – 07.01.94, lives: Bath

Nick Woodbridge - 01.07.96, Telford – lives: Bath

 

For further information contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 384211 or press@matchtight.co.uk

 

Caroline Searle
Thursday, 12th Mar 2015 2015-03-12 New Opportunity for RUN SHOOT Deliverers!  Run Shoot Logo

In partnership with British Shooting and England Athletics, Pentathlon GB has launched a new activity format!  We’re proud to announce RUN SHOOT.  Celebrating the fun and challenge factor of the Modern Pentathlon combined event, participants can learn and develop their air pistol target shooting with the added twist of running.

RUN SHOOT aims to engage more people aged 14 – 25 into multi-disciplinary sport. This is a great opportunity for families, and students.  Through the programme participants will learn the discipline of air pistol shooting, be instructed how to warm up and run effectively and then how to combine running and shooting. 

A static shooting competition commences proceedings and is followed by a series of races that enable participants to compete to their fitness ability.  Within each race competitors start based on a handicap start from the results of the static shoot competition creating an exciting finish.

The RUN SHOOT programme aims to provide the following:

  • Enable participants to learn something new and have a lot of fun through a diverse activity.
  • A chance for participants new to modern pentathlon, shooting or running to experience a multi-sport competition.
  • Provide an addictive hook into regular participation in modern pentathlon, shooting or running.

 

Pentathlon GB and British Shooting are keen to speak to new youth sector partners about this exciting opportunity so that we can introduce more people to RUN SHOOT.

This innovative activity has previously been piloted and the first batch of RUN SHOOT Deliverers have been trained.  More RUN SHOOT Deliverers Workshops are to follow enabling this exciting opportunity to reach out to more participants.  

The next opportunity to become a RUN SHOOT Deliverer will be 10th May 2015 at Wellington College, Berkshire.

Get in touch for further information including pre-requisite information:

Rebecca Gibson, National Development Manager, Pentathlon GB: 07720591421 rebecca.gibson@pentathlongb.org

Liz Davidson, National Development Manager, British Shooting: 07931775214 liz.davidson@britishshooting.org.uk

Please note only qualified and accredited RUN SHOOT Deliverers can provide the RUN SHOOT programme and use the RUN SHOOT branding.

RUN SHOOT has been developed and resourced with funding from Sport England and the National Lottery.

Eleanor Guest
Thursday, 5th Mar 2015 2015-03-05 Media and Communications Officer Recruitment

We are recruiting for a Media and Communications Officer, full details of the role are below:

 

Title:                         Media and Communications Officer                           

Reports to:               Operations Manager  

Office Location:        Pentathlon GB Headquarters, 22/23 Eastwood, University of Bath    

Salary:                       £22,000 - £25,000 per annum depending on experience      

Contract:                   Permanent

Hours:                       37 hours/week

Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon which involves five disciplines; fencing, swimming, riding, running and shooting.  It’s an exciting time to join the team, with an 18-month lead in to the Olympic Games, Rio 2016.  Our Head Office is located at the University of Bath, alongside our National Training Centre for performance athletes and later this summer where we will host the European Championships.

We are a passionate and enthusiastic team, committed to raising the profile of the Modern Pentathlon and with major ambitions to grow the sport and to continue its success both domestically and internationally: the way we communicate will play a key part in achieving this. 

We recognise the value and importance of a skilled communicator and with this newly created role are seeking to employ a creative Media and Communications Officer who will lead on the planning of the communications for both the European Championships this year and the Olympic Games.

We are looking for someone who has prior experience in the media and communications industry and who has a passion for sport.  The role is varied and for the right person will provide a huge amount of job satisfaction and progression. There will be weekend work and therefore you must be prepared to work flexibly throughout the competition season.

Role Summary

Planning

Reviewing and improving the Pentathlon GB communications plan in line with targets in the strategy and aligning the plan to make sure that we have good relationships with our members, funders, stakeholders and partners.

Communicating

You will report on both domestic and international competitions throughout the season, generating the buzz around the success of our athletes.  You will be skilled in using social media and able to craft top quality press releases, these will be key to sustaining and improving the presence of Pentathlon GB in the media.

Able to form successful working relationships quickly with key members of Pentathlon GB staff, you will identify exciting opportunities to create new campaigns aimed at our target market.  Also working with other departments you will coordinate a monthly newsletter for our 10,000 members, communicating training and competition opportunities and using customer insights to generate original content.

Supporting

As our media and communications expert you will be the main point of contact for media queries into the organisation.  You will also provide staff and volunteers with guidance on how they can improve their communications both internally and externally.  There is also an element of commercial support, working with the Chief Executive in fulfilling sponsorship contracts.

Monitoring

You will keep a constant watch on the presence of Pentathlon GB in the media and through reporting evidence the progress of the communications plan that you will be responsible for planning and implementing.

Full details of the job description can be found on the Pentathlon GB website here

How to Apply

Please complete the application form and equality monitoring form and return both to eleanor.guest@pentathlongb.org by 1300 24 March 2015.  For queries please contact Eleanor on 01225 386808.

Interviews

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Thursday, 26th Feb 2015 2015-02-26 Get Ready for National Modern Pentathlon Week!  Pentathlon Week 2015

We're introducing National Modern Pentathlon Week; 6-12th April 2015. The purpose of this campaign week is to:

  • To create an inspirational and co-ordinated week of Modern Pentathlon related activity to attract and retain members.
  • To engage the whole pentathlon family in one activity campaign and therefore provide a motivational centre piece.
  • To link localised provision for the sport to our mass participation event – the British Schools’ Modern Biathlon Championships – providing follow up activities introducing the different disciplines and easing the transition into clubs and Modern Pentathlon activity.
  • To raise the profile of Modern Pentathlon as a participation sport as well as at performance and elite level.  Linked to this would be delivering some of the key messages about what our fabulous sport has to offer.  

   
Pentathlon GB cannot make this campaign happen without YOU!  We are looking for a range of activities to demonstrating the range and breadth of our sport: from grass roots to talent; from two to five disciplines; from taster days to competitions.  All of these activities should show that we are fun, diverse and challenging as a sport.
 
Activities can happen across the country at any point through the week commencing 6 April.  Examples of activities include:
 

  • Taster sessions
  • Family fun days
  • Holiday camps
  • Introductory competitions – inter/intra club (Modern Biathlon, Biathle, Modern Triathlon, RUN SHOOT)
  • Adapted activities – for young participants, participants with disabilities
  • Activities to engage participants/parents into coaching
  • Charity activities
  • Challenge activities
  • Engage a role model to help with your club activity

 
This is a time to be creative or even just celebrate what you already offer by opening your doors to new members through this campaign.
 
If you are interested and want to know more please contact a member of the Development Team who are here to help you make the most of the campaign.  The week will be officially launched on 23rd February. So to make the most of the opportunity we need a full to bursting activity schedule between 6th and 12th April. If you have something to promote as part of this week please complete the attached form and return to louise.andren@pentathlongb.org – we need the details of your activity by Thursday 19th February.
 
Our Development Officers can help by giving guidance on the activities you would like to run.  If you’re in the North then contact Rachael Handley: rachael.handley@pentathlongb.org or 07590 444372.  If you’re in the South then contact Miranda Palmer: miranda.palmer@pentathlongb.org or 07855 957024.

Eleanor Guest
Sunday, 22nd Feb 2015 2015-02-22 Hallo from Sarasota

Sunset on Florida west coast is dramatic beautiful and romantic. When the sun reaches horizon it turns purple, skies gradually change from dark blue, dark pink, to bright yellow with light green edges. Nothing disturbs the skyline because of the flat landscape and low buildings. You can enjoy 360 degrees panorama by rotating slowly looking high, feeling almost like a part of the Universe. Sarasota community is a world apart from what we Europeans are accustoming to. Gated residential areas, spacious shopping malls, immaculate wide highways and open spaces featuring endless mini lakes and sub tropical vegetation. You won’t see very often people walking just lazily cruising cars, reminder that America is a country on wheels. This is a place where plastic surgery, rejuvenation, medical treatments and fitness centres targeting elderly population are advertised on each corner. I’ve got a feeling that at the leisure centre where the fencing competition was held never seen so many young and fit people at the same time. Many of the regular customers asked me questions about the sport listened carefully explanations of what Pentathlon stand for and watched parts of the fencing between their moderate fitness routines. I was surprised how many people were informed about the World Cup taking place surely outcome of well managed LOC campaign.          

Significant milestone achieved by the British athletes in Sarasota enhanced the magic of Saturday’s evening. We had privilege to stand up for the anthem and celebrate winning performances twice in two consecutive days. Samantha Murray and Jamie Cooke entered the history books of British Modern Pentathlon, first ever both gender win in the World Cup series.

Questions resonate inside my head from the moment when Jamie crossed the finishing line: isn’t it too early in the season … how can we push improvements even further … is there risk of complacency looming upon us … what individual weaknesses we need to tackle … why we overlooked shortcomings in the competition rules knowledge … is our equipment base up to date … We all know too well that to win is hard but to come back and win again is even harder. There is still a massive amount of work to be done on the way to Rio. We can take momentarily a comfort from the fact that we seem to be on track and over the first hurdle. However we must remember route to Rio just begun and it will be, as Beatles say, a long and twisty road. Cairo World Cup next.      

Jan Bartu
Saturday, 21st Feb 2015 2015-02-21 Cooke wins gold and makes it a historic double for GB

Great Britain’s Jamie Cooke won the individual men’s gold at the first World Cup of 2015 in Sarasota, USA, tonight to add to the women’s gold and bronze won yesterday by Samantha Murray and Kate French.

The medal tally was a first in recent history for GB.  “I can’t remember us doing this before”, said Jan Bartu, PentathlonGB Performance Director since 1998.  “It is a first to win both individual golds. We are all over the moon and it’s fantastic”.

Cooke’s triumph came today as a result of a series of consistent performances across the four events – fencing, swimming, riding and then the combined event (run-shoot).

Bartu singled out his fencing for particular praise.  “Jamie put in one of his best fencing competitions ever and that set him up. That was a major, major breakthrough for him”, he said.

In the final event of the day Cooke clinched victory by overhauling Egypt’s 2014 World Silver Medallist Amro El Geziry after the second of four shooting stages. The Egyptian had started with a four second advantage.

Cooke, from Cheltenham, then held onto his lead ahead of Russia’s Egor Puchkarevskiy despite a nervous final shooting stage.

Earlier former World Junior Champion Cooke, with 20 fencing wins, went into the riding competition in third place overall, Choong was fifth and Evans 15th at this stage.  All three British men produced some sizzling swim times. Cooke was the fastest in 1:59.21 and the GB trio were all within three tenths of each other.

Only El Geziry, leading after two events, swam faster. He also secured 23 fencing wins.  Puchkarevskiy was lying second and China’s Guo Jianli was in fourth.

Cooke, on a horse called Montey Carlo, put his faith in a controlled and measured ride with the risk of going over the time limit.  His gamble paid off as he went clear and only recorded four time faults.

“He rode very well”, said Bartu.  “He was composed and technically solid”.

By contrast Joseph Choong had earlier lost his balance coming into fence nine, putting all his weight to one side and was unseated at fence ten.  He was disqualified but later permitted to start the run-shoot five minutes behind the leaders.

“It was a pity for Joe as he had earlier fenced well and his is a good swimmer”, said Bartu.

Joe Evans recovered from a poor fencing competition to swim well. He moved up from 28th after the fencing to 14th going into the ride during which he had only one fence down, leaving him in ninth place for the combined run-shoot but eventually slipped back outside the top ten.

“It was a good experience for Joe”, explained Bartu. “He was fatigued towards the end of such a big competition”.

The men’s results followed a dream first world cup performance for GB’s women with Samantha Murray, the reigning World Champion, taking gold and Kate French, the bronze.

“These results far exceeded our expectations”, said Performance Director Jan Bartu.  “They show that the athletes and the coaching and support teams are on track in preparations for the Rio Games.

“There was a strong field here and some strong results for emerging nations like Guatemala.  That can only be good for the sport”.

Britain is not contesting the final event in Sarasota tomorrow, the mixed team relay.

For full results:  www.uipm.org

Pentathlon GB Team: World Cup 1, Sarasota, USA

Women:

Kate French – 11.02.91, Meopham, Kent – lives Bath

Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – lives Bath,

Freyja Prentice 20.05.90 – Inverurie, Aberdeenshire – lives Bath

Joanna Muir 30.08.1994 – Castle Douglas, Dumfries – lives Bath

Men:

Joe Evans – 05.09.93, Whitchurch, Shropshire – lives Bath

Jamie Cooke – 03.03.91, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire – lives Bath

Joseph Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington – lives Bath

Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, Essex – Bath

For further information contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 384211 or press@matchtight.co.uk

 

 

Caroline Searle
Saturday, 21st Feb 2015 2015-02-21 Dream start for GB as Murray takes gold and French bronze at World Cup

World Champion Samantha Murray started 2015 where she finished last year on the top step of the podium.

This time it was at the season-opening World Cup in Sarasota, USA, where she was joined on that podium by team-mate Kate French in bronze medal position.

“These results far exceeded our expectations”, said Performance Director Jan Bartu.  “They show that the athletes and the coaching and support teams are on track in preparations for the Rio Games.

“Special recognition goes to Samantha Murray for continuing her winning streak and Kate French’s first world cup medal performance indicates her strong future potential”.

Murray held off a strong challenge from home favourite Margaux Isaksen in the final to win gold.  She had a buffer going into the final combined event (the run-shoot) and needed it to keep Isaksen at bay.

French, meanwhile, made up a significant deficit in the combined to post a time of 13:15.82 and take the bronze.  Russia’s Donata Rimsaite was the quickest in 13:05.48 but could not close the gap and took fourth.

Murray had gone into the combined event in pole position. She had a five second advantage over her nearest challenger.

Home favourite Margaux Isaksen had led after the swim and the fence but then knocked down three fences to Murray’s one in the 12-fence riding competition.  From the top group only Frenchwoman Elodie Clouvel went clear in this event.

Kate French, seventh going into the ride, toppled a pole at fence three as well as a fence in the treble.  Earlier Freyja Prentice and Joanna Muir both showed their technical riding ability on equally challenging mounts.

Murray built a good early platform in the competition with 20 wins in the fencing round-robin before posting the day’s second fastest 200m swim time of 2:09.84.

French recorded 21 wins in the fencing but was much slower in the swim with 2:20.26.  Coupled with her riding points it meant that the British no.1 started 31 seconds down on Murray in the combined. 

Joanna Muir was 22nd after the first three events whilst Freyja Prentice was in 28th.  Prentice made up ten places to take 18th overall and Muir finished her debut World Cup in 29th.

A fairytale start to the season for the British squad came just a day after they had announced a new sponsor in legal firm Mogers Drewett.

Bartu was clearly delighted with his charges but continued:  “There is always room for improvement so the upcoming World Cup competitions in Egypt, Rome and Hungary will provide opportunities for more British athletes to make their mark at the top of the international stage”.

A trio of British men are in action in tonight’s men’s individual final – Jamie Cooke, Joe Evans and Joseph Choong.

For full results:  www.uipm.org

Pentathlon GB Team: World Cup 1, Sarasota, USA

Women:

Kate French – 11.02.91, Meopham, Kent – lives Bath

Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – lives Bath,

Freyja Prentice 20.05.90 – Inverurie, Aberdeenshire – lives Bath

Joanna Muir 30.08.1994 – Castle Douglas, Dumfries – lives Bath

Men:

Joe Evans – 05.09.93, Whitchurch, Shropshire – lives Bath

Jamie Cooke – 03.03.91, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire – lives Bath

Joseph Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington – lives Bath

Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, Essex – Bath

For further information contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 384211 or press@matchtight.co.uk

 

Caroline Searle
Friday, 20th Feb 2015 2015-02-20 Pentathlon GB has signed a new sponsor

Britain’s best Modern Pentathletes received a boost this week with the news that the national governing body for the sport in the UK has signed a new sponsor.

Law firm Mogers Drewett will back the 20-strong squad up to and beyond the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Pentathlon GB Chief Executive Nigel Laughton said: “We are clearly delighted to enter into this arrangement with Mogers Drewett.  The help we will receive from this leading firm has come at just the right time.  We are staging the European Modern Pentathlon Championships at the University of Bath 18 – 23 August this year and the Olympic qualifying process starts this June.

“Eight of our leading athletes are already in the USA this week to compete at the season’s opening World Cup, so our activities are really accelerating.  We want to ensure that our athletes are the best supported they can be when competing against the finest of the world’s Modern Pentathletes”.

Steven Treharne the Managing Partner at Mogers Drewett said:  “At Mogers Drewett we are very proud of the city’s growing connections with international Modern Pentathlon and the team based at the University of Bath.  We have high hopes for the team in this pre-Olympic season and in showing our support and commitment through this sponsorship deal we believe we are doing our bit to help them achieve even greater success.

“As a West Country based firm we appreciate Pentathlon GB choosing the South West as its home and believe the presence of the entire performance squad helps further underline that the region is as much about sporting excellence, health and personal achievement as it is about heritage, tourism and industry.  We will take great pride in seeing our logo associated with Pentathlon GB”.

British Modern Pentathletes have won medals at every Games since 2000, starting with gold for Steph Cook in Sydney and Samantha Murray is not only the current World Champion but also took Olympic silver on the final day of the London 2012 Games.

The Pentathlon GB National Training Centre is based at University of Bath’s Claverton Down campus and the team trains under the direction of National Performance Director Jan Bartu and a successful coaching team.  The University has a £30 million Sports Training Village, which offers an array of some of the best sporting facilities in the country. It hosts around 250 international level athletes and around 1.3 million people visit the University’s sports facilities each year.

Pentathlon GB also has Academy bases around the UK from which athletes can progress to the national squad.  The organisation is forward thinking and is already developing a legacy participation programme from the staging of the 2015 home Europeans including hub clubs and “splash and dash” activities for young people aged 14-25.

Mogers Drewett has offices in Bath, Sherborne and Wells and a satellite office at Frome market.  The company provides a full range of legal services for commercial clients and private individuals. For more information see www.md-solicitors.co.uk 

Caroline Searle
Friday, 20th Feb 2015 2015-02-20 Choong, Cooke and Evans all through to Sarasota final

British no.1 Joe Evans, from Shropshire, is through to the men’s final at the season’s opening World Cup – one of three GB pentathletes to succeed overnight in Sarasota, USA.

He will be joined in Saturday’s final by Jamie Cooke and Joe Choong.  Cooke and Evans were both fifth in their qualifying groups whilst Choong was eighth. Tom Toolis was the only British athlete to narrowly miss out on progressing. He was 11th in his group.

Former World Junior Champion, Cooke, was the top points scorer from the trio.  He collected 1095 points from the three events contested in the qualifying round (fencing, swimming and the combined run-shoot).  His swim time of 1:58.28 was the fastest in his group.

Evans and Choong scored 1081 and 1088 points respectively.  Evans was top fencer in his group with 24 wins. Toolis scored 1057 points.  The three men will contest their final on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Britain’s four-strong women’s squad will compete in their individual finals later today. Kate French, Samantha Murray, Freyja Prentice and Joanna Muir will be in action with results expected just before 11pm UK time.

In the final, the riding event is added to the fencing, swimming and combined run-shoot in the tradition of the five-discipline Olympic sport.

Britain’s athletes will want to hone their skills on the World Cup circuit as well as aiming for podium places in 2015 as qualifying spots for the 2016 Olympic Games are at stake later in the year.  A significant event on the Road to Rio will be the European Championships staged at the University of Bath, Pentathlon GB’s national training base, as eight quota places for the Games will be on offer there.

Pentathlon GB Selections World Cup 1

Women:

Kate French – 11.02.91, Meopham, Kent – lives Bath

Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – lives Bath,

Freyja Prentice 20.05.90 – Inverurie, Aberdeenshire – lives Bath

Joanna Muir 30.08.1994 – Castle Douglas, Dumfries – lives Bath

 

Men:

Joe Evans – 05.09.93, Whitchurch, Shropshire – lives Bath

Jamie Cooke – 03.03.91, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire – lives Bath

Joseph Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington – lives Bath

Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, Essex – Bath

For further information contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 384211 or press@matchtight.co.uk

 

Caroline Searle
Thursday, 19th Feb 2015 2015-02-19 All four British athletes through to women's final at opening World Cup

World Champion Samantha Murray moved safely into the final of the year’s first World Cup in Sarasota, USA, overnight.

The 2012 Olympic silver medallist, competing internationally for the first time since winning her title in Warsaw last year, was fourth in her group. Murray posted one of the day’s faster swim times, on the way to registering 908 points.

British no. 1 Kate French was also in fine form to top her group and qualify for Friday’s 36-athlete final with 940 points.

Freyja Prentice and Joanna Muir complete the quartet of British athletes to make the final on a day dubbed “very solid” by GB Performance Director, Jan Bartu.

Prentice was third in high-scoring group B with 946 points whilst Muir, a debutante at this level, was ninth in French’s group with 920 points.

The men’s qualification takes place later today with the women’s final tomorrow and the men’s final on Saturday.  

Pentathlon GB Selections World Cup 1

Women:

Kate French – 11.02.91, Meopham, Kent – lives Bath

Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – lives Bath,

Freyja Prentice 20.05.90 – Inverurie, Aberdeenshire – lives Bath

Joanna Muir 30.08.1994 – Castle Douglas, Dumfries – lives Bath

 

Men:

Joe Evans – 05.09.93, Whitchurch, Shropshire – lives Bath

Jamie Cooke – 03.03.91, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire – lives Bath

Joseph Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington – lives Bath

Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, Essex – Bath 

Caroline Searle
Monday, 16th Feb 2015 2015-02-16 Muir steps up as first World Cup team announced  Jo Muir pictured competing here at the GB Open

20 year-old Joanna Muir, twice winner of World Junior relay gold, stepped into the individual limelight this week with a call up to Pentathlon GB’s squad for the season’s opening World Cup in the USA.

Muir, from Dumfries, will join Olympic silver medallist and reigning World Champion Samantha Murray for the event which starts on Wednesday 18th and runs to Saturday 21st February in Sarasota, Florida.

Muir is studying Sports Performance at the University of Bath, which is also home to Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre.

Freyja Prentice, from Inverurie near Aberdeen, and Kate French, from Meopham in Kent, both winners of the World Championships relay silver last year with Lancashire’s Murray, complete the women’s line up.

The men’s team consists of Shropshire’s Joe Evans, who topped the British rankings list after Pentathlon GB’s recent series of three ranking competitions, Jamie Cooke, from Cheltenham, Joe Choong, from Orpington and Tom Toolis, from Hornchurch. 

Choong, from Orpington, is a Mathematics student at the University of Bath and is a recipient of the Ivor Powell Sports Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships for students who are gifted both academically and in their chosen sport.  He began to show his prowess with World Youth silver in 2013 and silver at the Milan Kalec Memorial in Prague in April of 2014.

Toolis, and a Sport and Exercise student at the University of Bath, won the European men’s relay bronze in Hungary last year.

GB Performance Director Jan Bartu is delighted to have been able to select his top-ranked athletes into a strong team to start the season.  He said:  “Everyone was fit and healthy so we went with the top-ranked athletes based on our recent events”.

For Bartu, just as for the athletes, there will be a sense of stepping into the unknown in Sarasota.  He explained:  “Everyone, athletes included, would say that the first competition of the season can be a little bit weird.  It is essentially a long time since anyone has stepped into that bubble of the big event.  Only comparison with the opposition allows you to see the bigger picture.”

“We think the overall entry will be strong, though, as many nations have already been training in advance of the World Cup at a training camp in Colorado Springs”.

The women will contest semi-finals on Wednesday 18th February and finals on Friday 20th February.  The men will compete in their semi-finals on Thursday 19th February and in the finals on Saturday 21st February.  Pentathlon GB has not entered the mixed relay.

Competition each day will start at 08.00 local time (13:00 in the UK) and the finals will conclude at approx 17.00 in the US (22:00 in the UK).

 

Pentathlon GB Selections World Cup 1

 

Women:

Kate French – 11.02.91, Meopham, Kent – lives Bath

Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – lives Bath,

Freyja Prentice 20.05.90 – Inverurie, Aberdeenshire – lives Bath

Joanna Muir 30.08.1994 – Castle Douglas, Dumfries – lives Bath

 

Men:

Joe Evans – 05.09.93, Whitchurch, Shropshire – lives Bath

Jamie Cooke – 03.03.91, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire – lives Bath

Joseph Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington – lives Bath

Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, Essex – Bath

 

For further information contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 384211 or press@matchtight.co.uk

Caroline Searle
Saturday, 14th Feb 2015 2015-02-14 British Biathle Team Dominate in Dubai  GB Team at the Atlantis

Hot temperatures and a last minute change of venue to the Atlantis Hotel on Dubai's Palm did not deter the British Team at the first Biathle World Tour of 2015.

The event held on the Atlantis's Nasima Beach in front of the famous Aquaventure Water Park saw teams from Germany, Italy, South Africa and the host United Arab Emirates as well as ourselves. The GB team were so dominent that no individual finished lower than second position.

The team's first involvement was in the Youth D races and there were immmediately emphatic wins for both Rebecca Wren and Kieron Mutch with Josh Dreelan finishing second.

Sophie Mutch's very impressive swim brought her through the field to finish second in the Youth C Girls race. Kizzie Price showed the rest the way with an easy win in the Youth B Girls race and Jessica Sutton took a deserved second place. Not to be outdone, Jamie Price matched his sister's performance with a win in the Youth A race.

James Greenwell overcame the shock of being lead into transition in the Masters A race with a masterly swim which brought him back into transition with a clear half a minute lead, enough to ensure victory by the end of the race. Andy Price gained second in the Masters B race and Mary and Peter Colett won their masters C and D races respectiveley.

The final events, the seniors, saw victory for Rachel Jones and a silver for Gareth Allen. So 8 winners and 5 runners up - a spectacularly good performance from the team who, imediately following the presentation went into the adjacent water park to relax and rest on their laurels for the remainder of the day.

The next World Tour event is in Italy on 7th June.

Howard Jones
Thursday, 12th Feb 2015 2015-02-12 Europeans excitement builds as British Ranking list published  Samantha Murray, Kate French and Freyja Prentice have all been top-three finishers this season

Kate French and Joe Evans top the British Ranking lists, Pentathlon GB announced today, as the excitement of the 2015 season looms closer.

French won two of three PentathlonGB ranking events and Evans won the opener and placed second and third in the other two.

Samantha Murray, World Champion and 2012 Olympic medallist, was also in strong form at the weekend to take second place in the final event in the series.

With Jamie Cook, Joseph Choong, Tom Toolis, Joanna Muir, Freyja Prentice and Francesca Summers all having posted top-three finishes in the series at Millfield School, the scene looks set for some intense internal rivalry before selections are made for British teams at the key events.

One of the more important events on that 2015 calendar will be the European Championships at the University of Bath this August. Not only will the European crowns be at stake but also eight quota qualifying slots for the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.

As the year turned into 2015 there was a palpable sense of excitement around this event which will be staged on the most compact site of modern times.

The University’s £30 million Sports Training Village sits next to the accommodation that will be used by the athletes and support personnel.

Within the Sports Training Village there is a 50m swimming pool and the Team Bath Arena hall which will be used for the fencing competition (one that will have added spice this year because of the new bonus round).

The show-jumping element will be on the athletics in-field and the run-shoot will use the existing 400m athletics oval and a new pistol range.  

Crowds will be able to get up close to the action and cheer on their local but global heroes and heroines.

With such intense rivalry in the GB ranks this early in the year, there is no doubt that GB will field a strong team for the 2015 European Modern Pentathlon Championships.

Caroline Searle
Thursday, 12th Feb 2015 2015-02-12 BUCS Modern Pentathlon and Biathlon Championships 2015  BUCS Modern Pentathlon adn Biathlon Championships 2015

The BUCS Modern Pentathlon and Biathlon Championships 2015 will take place on 13-14 March in Oxford.  Any student at a BUCS affiliated college or university can take part as a biathlete, tetrathlete or pentathlete.  Entries shut on Thursday 26 February (Visit website for entries).  The competition is run with a friendly and helpful atmosphere.  It is designed to cater for both novice athletes at their first competition and elite athletes alike.  

For all news and updates like us on Facebook (BUCS Modern Pentathlon and Biathlon Championships 2015) or follow us on Twitter (@bucsmodernpent)

All competitors need to be members of Pentathlon GB and thanks to the support of BUCS and the University of Oxford entry fees can be kept low:

• Full Pentathlon or Ride Tetrathlon = £35

• Non-ride Tetrathlon = £16

• Run & Swim biathlon = £6

The organisers are always grateful for volunteers, especially fencing referees!  Volunteers on the Saturday will receive a packed lunch and refreshments throughout the day.  Contact: jonathon.wright@ssho.ox.ac.uk for more details.

Alexia Jones
Thursday, 12th Feb 2015 2015-02-12 European Championships - Contractor Opportunity

Pentathlon GB has been awarded the rights to host the Modern Pentathlon European Championships, which will take place from 18 - 23 August 2015. 

The event forms part of the £27 million UK Sport Gold Event Series and we require a contractor to provide a range of Venue Overlay services. 

This will be the second time that the senior competition will be held on UK soil and the event will be held at the University of Bath. 

To download the ‘Invitation to Tender’ please click here

To download the ‘Form A Venue Overlay ITT Pricing & Specification Form’ please click here.

John Woodbridge
Thursday, 12th Feb 2015 2015-02-12 Muir and Toolis win final Pentathlon GB ranking event

Joanna Muir and Tom Toolis won the final of three Pentathlon GB national ranking series events at the weekend in Millfield School.

Muir pipped 2014 World Champion and London 2012 Olympic silver medallist, Samantha Murray,, by just seven points overall in the women’s event with Kate French, winner on the two previous occasions, in third.

Tom Toolis improved significantly on his previous fourth and ninth places to win the equivalent men’s event ahead of Joseph Choong and Joe Evans who were level on points behind him. Jamie Cooke, winner last month, was fourth.

Jan Bartu, Performance Director for Pentathlon GB, said:  “We have had a good series of domestic competitions and now we shift our focus to the international stage”.

Aggregate scores and performances at the three events have now produced the British national ranking list, published today, with world cup selections in mind and, ultimately, the opportunity for athletes to gain Olympic qualification places for GB.  

French, Murray and Freyja Prentice top the British women’s ranking lists in that order followed by Joanna Muir in fourth.   Joe Evans, Joseph Choong and Jamie Cook have come out on top in the men’s lists with Tom Toolis in fourth and Sam Curry in fifth.   

2011 World Champion Mhairi Spence continues her comeback from a long break and has not completed enough events to gain a ranking.

The first of the Olympic quota qualifying chances for 2015 will be the World Cup Final in June in Minsk but the European Championships, taking place in Bath in August, will be amongst the more key opportunities with eight quota places on offer there.

Selections will soon be announced for the first World Cup of 2015 in Sarasota, USA, starting next week (from 18-25 February).

This will be followed by a World Cup in Egypt from 19-23 March. Some of the younger GB athletes will also contest the GB Youth International in Solihull from 13-15 February.

BRITISH RANKINGS:

Women

1.  Kate French, 2.  Samantha Murray, 3.  Freyja Prentice, 4.  Joanna Muir, 5. Francesca Summer, 6. Maili Mackenzie, 7. Alice Rogers, 8. Jessica Varley, 9. Pillage Kelsey

Men

1.  Joe Evans, 2.  Joseph Choong, 3. James Cooke, 4. Tom Toolis, 5.  Samuel Curry, 6.  James Myatt, 7.  Nick Woodbridge, 8. Luke Tasker, 9. Tommy Lees, 10.  Mathew Dewey, 12.  Lee Ormerod 13.  Edward Norton.  

February Ranking Event Results - top ten only

WOMEN

1.   Joanna Muir          1423pts

2.   Samantha Murray        1416 pts

3.   Katherine French        1394 pts

4.   Freyja Prentice        1349 pts

5.   Francesca Summers    1333 pts

6.   Georgia Pipes        1323 pts

7.   Mhairi Spence        1318 pts

8.   Kerenza Bryson        1291 pts

9.    Alice Rogers        1250 pts

10. Jesscia Varley          1243 pts

MEN

1.  Tom Toolis            1492 pts    

2.  Joseph Choong        1484 pts

3.  Joe Evans            1484 pts

4.  James Cooke        1471 pts

5.  Samuel Curry        1469 pts

6.  Luke Tasker        1469 pts

7.  Nicholas Woodbridge    1442 pts

8.  Tom Lees            1414 pts

9.  James Myatt        1398 pts

10.  Mathew Dewey        1353 pts

January Results – top ten only

Women

1.  Kate French        1381pts

2.  Freyja Prentice        1371 pts

3.  Samantha Murray        1359 pts

4.  Eilidh Prise            1343 pts

5.  Yane Marques (BRA)    1333 pts

6.  Francesca Summers    1284 pts

7.  Joanna Muir        1267 pts

8.  Georgia Pipes        1264 pts

9.  Mhairi Spence        1236 pts

10.Priscilla Oliveira (BRA)    1236 pts

Men

1.   James Cooke        1478 pts

2.   Joe Evans            1475 pts

3.   Joseph Choong        1474 pts

4.   James Myatt        1462 pts

5.   Samuel Curry        1439 pts

6.   Nick Woodbridge        1422 pts

7.   Luke Tasker        1402 pts

8.   Tom Lees            1380 pts

9.   Tom Toolis            1369 pts

10. David Atkinson        1329 pts

December Results – top ten only

MEN

1.   Joe Evans 1512 pts

2.   James Cooke 1444 pts

3.   Joseph Choong 1434 pts

4.   Tom Toolis 1409 pts

5.   Sam Curry 1388 pts

6.   Nicholas Woodbridge 1382 pts

7.   Henry Choong 1381 pts

8.   Tom Lees 1374 pts

9.   Mathew Dewey 1323 pts

10. Lee Ormerod 1287 pts

WOMEN

1.   Kate French 1314 pts

2.   Francesca Summers 1278 pts

3.   Joanna Muir 1264 pts

4.   Freyja Prentice 1259 pts

5.   Samantha Murray 1237 pts

6.   Jessica Varley 1150 pts

7.   Maili Mackenzie 1127 pts

8.   Kelsey Pillage 1089 pts

9.   Alice Rogers 1084 pts

10.  Holly Parker 976 pts

For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 384211 or at press@matchtight.co.uk

Caroline Searle
Friday, 6th Feb 2015 2015-02-06 World Cup selections in sight at final of three ranking events  Jamie Cooke won the last event in January

The nation’s top modern pentathletes will go head to head tomorrow for the third and final time as they seek to gain vital ranking points before the World Cup season.  

This year the ranking competitions open up the opportunity of gaining Olympic qualification places for the athletes, the first opportunity for this being the World Cup Final in June in Minsk – to qualify for the final the athletes must prove themselves throughout the World Cup season, with the top 36 athletes (and a maximum of three per nation) from the Pentathlon World Ranking list being invited to compete. 

Kate French, winner of the two previous rounds, will start as favourite as the five sport, four-event (swimming, fencing, riding, run-shoot) schedule gets underway at 7am.

The women’s field includes 2014 World Champion and 2012 Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray and 2011 World Champion Mhairi Spence.

Jamie Cooke and Joe Evans have shared the honours in the men’s events so far. Evans won the first event and Cooke reversed that result in the second.

Cooke, the 2011 World Junior Champion, said: “I’m looking forward to getting this last selection done. It means that the winter training is coming to a finish and we can set our sights on to the World Cups”.

Pentathlon GB National Performance Director Jan Bartu has already underlined the importance of the events to him and his coaches he said: “This is the climax of the 2015 ranking series so the competition is very important for all athletes who wish to become eligible for the World Cup season.”  

Selections will soon be made for the first World Cup of 2015 in Sarasota, USA, later this month (from 18-25 February).

This will be followed by a World Cup in Egypt from 19-23 March. Some of the younger GB athletes will also contest the GB Youth International in Solihull from 13-15 February.

January Results – top ten only

Women

1.  Kate French        1381pts

2.  Freyja Prentice        1371 pts

3.  Samantha Murray        1359 pts

4.  Eilidh Prise            1343 pts

5.  Yane Marques (BRA)    1333 pts

6.  Francesca Summers    1284 pts

7.  Joanna Muir        1267 pts

8.  Georgia Pipes        1264 pts

9.  Mhairi Spence        1236 pts

10.Priscilla Oliveira (BRA)    1236 pts

Men

1.   James Cooke        1478 pts

2.   Joe Evans            1475 pts

3.   Joseph Choong        1474 pts

4.   James Myatt        1462 pts

5.   Samuel Curry        1439 pts

6.   Nick Woodbridge        1422 pts

7.   Luke Tasker        1402 pts

8.   Tom Lees            1380 pts

9.   Tom Toolis            1369 pts

10. David Atkinson        1329 pts

December Results – top ten only

MEN

 

1.   Joe Evans 1512 pts

2.   James Cooke 1444 pts

3.   Joseph Choong 1434 pts

4.   Tom Toolis 1409 pts

5.   Sam Curry 1388 pts

6.   Nicholas Woodbridge 1382 pts

7.   Henry Choong 1381 pts

8.   Tom Lees 1374 pts

9.   Mathew Dewey 1323 pts

10. Lee Ormerod 1287 pts

 

WOMEN

 

1.   Kate French 1314 pts

2.   Francesca Summers 1278 pts

3.   Joanna Muir 1264 pts

4.   Freyja Prentice 1259 pts

5.   Samantha Murray 1237 pts

6.   Jessica Varley 1150 pts

7.   Maili Mackenzie 1127 pts

8.   Kelsey Pillage 1089 pts

9.   Alice Rogers 1084 pts

10.  Holly Parker 976 pts

For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 384211 or at press@matchtight.co.uk

You can also find more information about Pentathlon GB at www.pentathlongb.org by liking us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PentathlonGB or following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PentathlonGB

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-shoot – all in one day.
  • •    Britain’s Modern Pentathletes have been successful at the highest level, winning medals at the last four 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.
  • •    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

 

 

 

Caroline Searle
Monday, 2nd Feb 2015 2015-02-02 Ranking Competition 3 and Under 17 Ranking Competition Timetable

TIMETABLE

National Ranking Competition # 3 and Under 17 Ranking Competition

Street – Millfield School – 7th February 2015 (Saturday)

 

Swimming – Millfield School - Swimming Pool (50m)

06:45 – 07:00                   Registration                                 (all classes)

07:00 – 07:20                   Warm Up                                       (all classes)

07:20                                 U 17 swimming                            (5 heats)

After                                  Senior and Junior swimming      (5 heats)

 

Fencing – Millfield School – Jubilee Hall

 

08:45                                 Warm Up – Men and Women

09:15                                 Fencing Competition

 

CE – Under 17 – Millfield School – Jubilee Hall

 

12:15 – 13:00                   Warm Up & 1st Heat                     (under 17 girls)

13:15 – 14:00                   Warm Up & 2nd Heat                    (under 17 boys)

 

Riding – Millfield School – Riding Centre

 

11:15                                 Horse Inspection, Jump Test

12:30                                 Course Open – Course Walk

13:00                                 1st Rider Warm Up                        (Women)

Followed by other Women (15min interval – Warm Up)

                                           Followed by Men (15min interval – Warm Up)

 

CE – Senior & Junior

 

15:00                                 Warm Up & 3rd Heat                     (Women)

15:50                                 Warm Up & 4th Heat                     (Men)

 

Jan Bartu
Monday, 2nd Feb 2015 2015-02-02 Modern Pentathlon in Scotland

Scottish Pentathlon (SP) is the new governing body set up in Scotland to help develop the sport of Modern Pentathlon with the support of sportscotland and Pentathlon GB (PGB).

SP replaces the Scottish Modern Pentathlon Association (SMPA) and has in place a new Board led by Chair, Murdo Macdonald, and a revised plan for developing the sport.  The SP Board includes, Trish Prise, Kirsty Craig, Paul Wain, Colin Mackenzie and Jane Scott.

This is a very positive step and Pentathlon GB will support SP in their efforts to develop and promote the sport in Scotland, which includes their running of events, ranging from biathlons to pentathlons.

Please note that membership of Scottish Pentathlon will AUTOMATICALLY include membership of Pentathlon GB, at no additional cost. Scottish members of Pentathlon GB are not required to be members of Scottish Pentathlon, although this is actively encouraged to support the new organisation and the promotion of the sport in Scotland. Naturally and importantly, SP membership will allow both organisations to communicate with you and provide membership services.

If you would like your membership extended to include Scottish Pentathlon (at no additional cost), please email admin@pentathlongb.org

Scottish Pentathlon is in the process of establishing a new website and a presence on Facebook and Twitter.  Once these are up and running we will announce them on the Pentathlon GB website.

Scottish Pentathlon’s inaugural event will be on Sunday 01 March 2015 when SP is running their Biathlon Championships in Aberdeen, hosted by Scottish Saltires MPC.  If you are interested in taking part or supporting, please contact Trish Prise (trishprise@aol.com) for further details.

Eleanor Guest



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Get Ready for National Modern Pentathlon Week!

Posted on Thursday, 26th Feb 2015 by Eleanor Guest

 Pentathlon Week 2015

We're introducing National Modern Pentathlon Week; 6-12th April 2015. The purpose of this campaign week is to:

  • To create an inspirational and co-ordinated week of Modern Pentathlon related activity to attract and retain members.
  • To engage the whole pentathlon family in one activity campaign and therefore provide a motivational centre piece.
  • To link localised provision for the sport to our mass participation event – the British Schools’ Modern Biathlon Championships – providing follow up activities introducing the different disciplines and easing the transition into clubs and Modern Pentathlon activity.
  • To raise the profile of Modern Pentathlon as a participation sport as well as at performance and elite level.  Linked to this would be delivering some of the key messages about what our fabulous sport has to offer.  

   
Pentathlon GB cannot make this campaign happen without YOU!  We are looking for a range of activities to demonstrating the range and breadth of our sport: from grass roots to talent; from two to five disciplines; from taster days to competitions.  All of these activities should show that we are fun, diverse and challenging as a sport.
 
Activities can happen across the country at any point through the week commencing 6 April.  Examples of activities include:
 

  • Taster sessions
  • Family fun days
  • Holiday camps
  • Introductory competitions – inter/intra club (Modern Biathlon, Biathle, Modern Triathlon, RUN SHOOT)
  • Adapted activities – for young participants, participants with disabilities
  • Activities to engage participants/parents into coaching
  • Charity activities
  • Challenge activities
  • Engage a role model to help with your club activity

 
This is a time to be creative or even just celebrate what you already offer by opening your doors to new members through this campaign.
 
If you are interested and want to know more please contact a member of the Development Team who are here to help you make the most of the campaign.  The week will be officially launched on 23rd February. So to make the most of the opportunity we need a full to bursting activity schedule between 6th and 12th April. If you have something to promote as part of this week please complete the attached form and return to louise.andren@pentathlongb.org – we need the details of your activity by Thursday 19th February.
 
Our Development Officers can help by giving guidance on the activities you would like to run.  If you’re in the North then contact Rachael Handley: rachael.handley@pentathlongb.org or 07590 444372.  If you’re in the South then contact Miranda Palmer: miranda.palmer@pentathlongb.org or 07855 957024.


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Thursday, 26th Feb 2015 2015-02-26 Get Ready for National Modern Pentathlon Week!  Pentathlon Week 2015

We're introducing National Modern Pentathlon Week; 6-12th April 2015. The purpose of this campaign week is to:

  • To create an inspirational and co-ordinated week of Modern Pentathlon related activity to attract and retain members.
  • To engage the whole pentathlon family in one activity campaign and therefore provide a motivational centre piece.
  • To link localised provision for the sport to our mass participation event – the British Schools’ Modern Biathlon Championships – providing follow up activities introducing the different disciplines and easing the transition into clubs and Modern Pentathlon activity.
  • To raise the profile of Modern Pentathlon as a participation sport as well as at performance and elite level.  Linked to this would be delivering some of the key messages about what our fabulous sport has to offer.  

   
Pentathlon GB cannot make this campaign happen without YOU!  We are looking for a range of activities to demonstrating the range and breadth of our sport: from grass roots to talent; from two to five disciplines; from taster days to competitions.  All of these activities should show that we are fun, diverse and challenging as a sport.
 
Activities can happen across the country at any point through the week commencing 6 April.  Examples of activities include:
 

  • Taster sessions
  • Family fun days
  • Holiday camps
  • Introductory competitions – inter/intra club (Modern Biathlon, Biathle, Modern Triathlon, RUN SHOOT)
  • Adapted activities – for young participants, participants with disabilities
  • Activities to engage participants/parents into coaching
  • Charity activities
  • Challenge activities
  • Engage a role model to help with your club activity

 
This is a time to be creative or even just celebrate what you already offer by opening your doors to new members through this campaign.
 
If you are interested and want to know more please contact a member of the Development Team who are here to help you make the most of the campaign.  The week will be officially launched on 23rd February. So to make the most of the opportunity we need a full to bursting activity schedule between 6th and 12th April. If you have something to promote as part of this week please complete the attached form and return to louise.andren@pentathlongb.org – we need the details of your activity by Thursday 19th February.
 
Our Development Officers can help by giving guidance on the activities you would like to run.  If you’re in the North then contact Rachael Handley: rachael.handley@pentathlongb.org or 07590 444372.  If you’re in the South then contact Miranda Palmer: miranda.palmer@pentathlongb.org or 07855 957024.

Eleanor Guest
Thursday, 12th Feb 2015 2015-02-12 Europeans excitement builds as British Ranking list published  Samantha Murray, Kate French and Freyja Prentice have all been top-three finishers this season

Kate French and Joe Evans top the British Ranking lists, Pentathlon GB announced today, as the excitement of the 2015 season looms closer.

French won two of three PentathlonGB ranking events and Evans won the opener and placed second and third in the other two.

Samantha Murray, World Champion and 2012 Olympic medallist, was also in strong form at the weekend to take second place in the final event in the series.

With Jamie Cook, Joseph Choong, Tom Toolis, Joanna Muir, Freyja Prentice and Francesca Summers all having posted top-three finishes in the series at Millfield School, the scene looks set for some intense internal rivalry before selections are made for British teams at the key events.

One of the more important events on that 2015 calendar will be the European Championships at the University of Bath this August. Not only will the European crowns be at stake but also eight quota qualifying slots for the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.

As the year turned into 2015 there was a palpable sense of excitement around this event which will be staged on the most compact site of modern times.

The University’s £30 million Sports Training Village sits next to the accommodation that will be used by the athletes and support personnel.

Within the Sports Training Village there is a 50m swimming pool and the Team Bath Arena hall which will be used for the fencing competition (one that will have added spice this year because of the new bonus round).

The show-jumping element will be on the athletics in-field and the run-shoot will use the existing 400m athletics oval and a new pistol range.  

Crowds will be able to get up close to the action and cheer on their local but global heroes and heroines.

With such intense rivalry in the GB ranks this early in the year, there is no doubt that GB will field a strong team for the 2015 European Modern Pentathlon Championships.

Caroline Searle



UK Modern Pentathlon Roll of Honour

Top 6 finishers in Olympic Games, World Championships and World Cup Finals

2014
Senior World Championships Samantha Murray Individual Gold
Senior World Championships French, Murray, Prentice Women's Team Silver
Senior World Championships Evans, French Mixed Team Relay Silver
Youth Olympics Francesca Summers Individual Silver
Junior World Championships Fitton, Muir, Summers Women's Team Gold
Youth World Championships Francesca Summers Individual Bronze
Youth World Championships Bryson, Prise, Summers Women's Team Gold
2013
Senior World Championships Nick Woodbridge Individual Silver
Senior World Championships Jamie Cooke Individual 5th
Senior World Championships Evans, Murray Mixed Relay 4th
Senior World Championships French, Prentice, Spence Women's Team Relay 4th
Senior World Championships Cooke, Evans, Woodbridge Men's Team Relay 5th
Senior World Championships French, Murray, Spence Women's Team Gold
World Cup Final Jamie Cooke Individual 6th
Junior World Championships Fitton, Muir, K.Prise Women's Team Relay Gold
Youth A World Championships Joe Choong Individual Silver
2012
London Olympics Samantha Murray Individual Silver
Senior World Championships Mhairi Spence Individual Gold
Senior World Championships Samantha Murray Individual Bronze
Senior World Championships Fell, Murray, Spence Women's Team Gold
Senior World Championships Burke, French, Livingston Women's Team Relay Bronze
Junior World Championships Fowlie, Prise, Wain Women's Team Relay Bronze
World Cup Final Heather Fell Individual Silver
World Cup Final Nick Woodbridge Individual 5th
2011
Junior World Championships Jamie Cooke Individual Gold
Junior World Championships Freyja Prentice Individual Bronze
Junior World Championships Lydia Rosling Individual 5th
Junior World Championships French, Prentice, Rosling Women's Team Gold
Junior World Championships Prentice, Rosling Women's Team Relay Gold
Junior World Championships French, Myatt Mixed Team Relay 4th
World Championships Burke, Prentice, Spence Team 5th
World Cup Final Nick Woodbridge Individual Bronze
World Cup Final Mhairi Spence Individual 5th


2010
Senior World Championships Fell, Murray, Prentice Women's Team Silver
Junior World Championships Burke, Murray, Prentice Women's Team Gold
Junior World Championships Burke, French, Prentice Women's Team Relay Gold
Junior World Championships Freyja Prentice Individual Silver
Junior World Championships Kate French Individual 4th
Junior World Championships Jamie Cooke Individual 5th


2009
Senior World Championships Fell, Livingston, Spence Women's Team Silver
Senior World Championships Weale, Woodbridge Men's Team Relay 4th
Senior World Championships Fell, Spence Women's Team Relay 4th


2008
Olympic Games Heather Fell Individual Silver
Senior World Championships Katy Livingston Individual Bronze
Senior World Championships Fell, Harland, Spence Team Silver
Senior World Championships Fell, Livingston, Spence Team Relay Silver
World Cup Final Heather Fell Individual Silver
Junior World Championships Ferguson, Grandfield, Prentice Women's Team Silver
Youth World Championships Jamie Cooke Individual Silver
Youth World Championships Cooke, Legon, Worrall Team Bronze


2007
Senior World Championships Livingston, Spence, Weedon Women's Relay Gold


2006
Senior World Championships Harland, Spence, Weedon Women's Team Relay Silver
Senior World Championships Harland, Spence, Livingston Women's Team Silver
Junior World Championships Mhairi Spence Individual Silver
Junior World Championships Spence, Helyer, Gomersall S Women's Team Gold
Junior World Championships Spence, Helyer, Gomersall S Women's Team Relay Gold


2005
Junior World Championships Spence, Livingston, Gomersall S Women's Team Gold
Junior World Championships Mhairi Spence Individual Bronze


2004
Junior World Championships Spence, Fell, Livingston Women's Team Relay Silver
Junior World Championships Spence, Fell, Rowell Women's Team Bronze
Junior World Championships Mhairi Spence Individual 5th
Olympic Games Georgina Harland Individual Bronze
Youth World Championships Nick Woodbridge Individual Gold
World Cup Final Kate Allenby Individual Gold
World Championships Allenby, Clark, Harland Women's Team Gold
World Championships Kate Allenby Individual Silver
World Championships Georgina Harland Individual 5th


2003
World Cup Final Georgina Harland Individual Gold
World Cup Final Kate Allenby Individual 5th
World Championships Kate Allenby Individual Bronze
World Championships Allenby, Harland, Lewis S Women's Team Gold
Junior World Championships Heather Fell Individual Gold
Junior World Championships Lindsey Weedon Individual Bronze
Junior World Championships Fell, Livingston, Weedon Women's Team Relay Silver
Junior World Championships Fell, Livingston, Weedon Women's Team Gold


2002
World Cup Final Georgina Harland Individual Gold
World Championships Georgina Harland Individual Bronze
Junior World Championships Clark, Fell, Langridge Women's Team Silver


2001
World Cup Final Sian Lewis Individual Gold
World Cup Final Georgina Harland Individual 5th
Junior World Championships Emily Bright Individual Silver
Junior World Championships Bright, Clark, Langridge Women's Team Bronze
Junior World Championships Bright, Clark, Langridge Women's Team Relay Silver
World Championships Steph Cook Individual Gold
World Championships Georgina Harland Individual Bronze
World Championships Kate Allenby Individual 5th
World Championships Allenby, Cook, Lewis S Women's Team Gold
World Championships Allenby, Cook, Harland Women's Team Relay Gold


2000
World Cup Final Georgina Harland Individual 5th
Olympic Games Steph Cook Individual Gold
Olympic Games Kate Allenby Individual Bronze
Junior World Championships Bright, Clark, Langridge Women's Team Relay Bronze
Junior World Championships Emily Bright Individual 6th
World Championships Kate Allenby Individual 6th
World Championships Allenby, Cook, Harland Women's Team Silver
World Championships Cook, Kinsey, Lewis S Women's Team Relay Silver


1999
World Championships Allenby, Cook, Lewis S Women's Team Silver
World Championships Cook, Harland, Lewis G Women's Team Relay Gold
World Cup Final Kate Allenby Individual Bronze
World Cup Final Steph Cook Individual 4th
Junior World Championships Giles Hancock Individual 6th


1998
World Championships Lewis S, Cook, Allenby Women's Team Silver
World Championships Allen, Allenby, Cook Women's Team Relay Bronze
World Cup Final Kate Allenby Individual Gold


1997
World Championships Allen, Allenby, Houston Women's Team Relay Bronze
Junior World Championships Georgina Harland Individual Silver
Junior World Championships Harland, Bright, Lewis G Women's Team 6th


1996
World Championships Kate Allenby Individual 6th
World Championships Allenby, Lewis G, Wilmott Women's Team Relay 6th
World Cup Kate Allenby Individual Bronze
Junior World Championships Lewis, Leach, Harland Women's Team 5th
Junior World Championships Lewis, Leach, Harland Women's Team Relay 6th


1995
World Championships Allen, Allenby, Andrews Women's Team Relay 5th
Junior World Championships Kate Allenby Individual Silver


1994
World Championships Phelps, Brookhouse, Whyte Men's Team Silver
Junior World Championships Kate Allenby Individual Bronze
Junior World Championships Allenby, Kimberley, Lewis Women's Team 6th
Junior World Championships Allenby, Kimberley, Kipling Women's Team Relay 6th


1993
World Championships Ric Phelps Individual Gold
World Championships Macfadden, Houston, Rowe Women's Team Relay 5th
Junior World Championships Allen, Kimberley, Kipling Women's Team Silver


1992
Olympic Games Phelps, Mahony, Brookhouse Men's Team 6th
World Championships Cox, Houston, Kipling Women's Team 5th
Junior World Championships Allen, Kimberley, Kipling Women's Team Relay 5th


1991
Junior World Championships Kimberley, Kipling, Nicholas Women's Team Relay 4th


1990
World Championships Ric Phelps Individual 5th
World Championships Mahony, Phelps, Brookhouse Men's Team 5th
Junior World Championships Nicholas, Macfadden, Kimberley Women's TeamRelay 6th
Junior World Championships Nicholas, Macfadden, Kipling Women's Relay 6th


1989
World Championships Ric Phelps Individual 5th


1988
Olympic Games Ric Phelps Individual 6th
Olympic Games Mahony, Phelps, Brookhouse Men's Team Bronze
World Championships Norman, Ball, Cox Women's Team 6th


1987
World Championships Dominic Mahony Individual 6th
World Championships Mahony, Phelps, Brookhouse Men's Team Bronze
World Championships Norman, Ball, Flaherty Women's Team 4th
Junior World Championships Whyte, Ball, Chaffey Men's Team 5th


1986
World Championships Norman, Purton, Ball Women's Team 6th
World Championships Mahony, Hart, Phelps Men's Team 6th
Junior World Championships Lawrence, Whyte, Griffiths Men's Team 4th


1985
World Championships Wendy Norman Individual 5th
Junior World Championships Dominic Mahony Individual 6th


1984
Olympic Games Ric Phelps Individual 4th
World Championships Wendy Norman Individual 4th
World Championships Norman, Sowerby, Purton Women's Team 6th


1983
World Championships Sarah Parker Individual Bronze
World Championships Teresa Purton Individual 5th
World Championships Parker, Purton, Sowerby Women's Team Gold
World Championships Ric Phelps Individual 6th


1982
World Championships Wendy Norman Individual Gold
World Championships Sarah Parker Indivdual Silver
World Championships Kathy Tayler Individual Bronze
World Championships Norman, Parker, Tayler Women's Team Gold
Junior World Championships Ric Phelps Individual Bronze
Junior World Championships Phelps, Royston, Tayler Men's Team Bronze


1981
World Championships Wendy Norman Individual Bronze
World Championships Norman, Tayler, Parker Women's Team Gold
Junior World Championships Ric Phelps Individual 5th
Junior World Championships Phelps, Tayler, Royston Men's Team 4th


1980
Junior World Championships Ric Phelps Individual Silver
Junior World Championships Phelps, Tayler, Royston Men's Team Bronze


1978
Junior World Championships Phelps, Humpage, Brodie Men's Team 4th


1976
Olympic Games Parker, Nightingale, Fox Men's Team Gold
Olympic Games Adrian Parker Individual 5th
Junior World Championships Clarke, Tolfree, Mumford Men's Team 5th


1975
World Championships Jim Fox Individual Bronze


1974
World Championships Jim Fox Individual 6th


1973
Junior World Championships Wall, Nightingale, Mullis Men's Team 5th


1972
Olympic Games Jim Fox Individual 4th


1967
World Championships Jim Fox Individual 5th


1966
World Championships Jim Fox Individual 5th


1957
World Championships Don Cobley Individual 6th


1951
World Championships Lumsdaine, Percy, Blacker Men's Team 4th


1950
World Championships Lumsdaine, Duckworth, Marsh Men's Team 5th


1949
World Championships Lumsdaine, Duckworth, Brooke Men's Team 4th


1928
Olympic Games David Turquand-Young Individual 6th