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Schools Biathlon Championships are underway

Posted on Sunday, 24th Mar 2013 by Steve Ballinger

The 2013 Schools British Modern Biathlon Championships are now underway at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.

You can follow the action and catch up with our photo galleries on the Pentathlon GB Facebook page and there will also be coverage on Twitter using the hash tag #SchoolsBiChamps

We have a very special guest with us today in Heather Fell, Britain's modern pentathlon silver medalist at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Final results across the competition classes will be published on the Pentathlon GB website schools competitions pages and then clicking on the results tab.

For a preview to the championships, click here.

Good luck to everyone taking part today!


News from May 2015

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Friday, 29th May 2015 2015-05-29 It's a 6th place for Jo Muir as the girls battle it out in a tough final  Joanna Muir places 6th

After a dream start to the Junior European Championships, the GB Women were unable to match their silver medal triumph in today's individual final competition.

All four women found success in the qualification round, with Francesca Summers topping Group A and Georgia Pipes qualifying for her first ever major final. Eilidh Prise and Joanna Muir matched their success in Group B, with Prise qualifying in 2nd place and Muir qualifying in 6th.

After the first discipline of today’s final Summers secured 9th place following a successful 21 bouts. Muir finished the fence in 23rd, Prise in 26th and Pipes in 27th. Muir then started her climb back up the table with an impressive 4th place finish in the swim, while Summers dropped to 16th.  Debutant Georgia Pipes also had a successful swim which placed her 22nd overall, one place ahead of team-mate Prise.

All four went on to have a fantastic round in the show jumping, with Muir, Pipes and Prise all going clear. The team went into the combined event in a good position; Muir in 14th with 792 points, Pipes in 17th, Prise in 18th and Summers trailing in 32nd.

Muir showed her grit and determination to cross the line 9th in the run/shoot, bringing her up to 6th overall. Prise crossed the line paces behind Muir, finishing the competition in a respectable 12th. Pipes and Summers finished to take 30th and 31st place in the final table. 

A full list of results is available on the ECMP website.

It's the turn of the men tomorrow and GB's Luke Tasker and Tommy Lees will be hoping to bring home individual medals.

You can following the action as it happens via the Pentathlon GB Twitter feed or live on the Pentathlon BG website

Hannah Thompson
Thursday, 28th May 2015 2015-05-28 Reigning World Champion Murray looking to retain title as GB squad for 2015 World Championships is announced

With five weeks until the Modern Pentathlon World Championships in Berlin, kicking off from 28 June, the GB squad has been announced.

Current World Champion and Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray will be joined by Kate French, Freyja Prentice and Francesca Summers, who makes her debut at the Senior World Championships. The women have enjoyed a successful start to the season, with Murray topping the table at the First World Cup and French placing third.

Thomas Toolis, James Cooke, Joseph Choong and Joseph Evans have been selected for the men’s team. Toolis, Cooke and Evans will also be heading to the World Cup Final, held in Minsk between 11 and 14 June.

Marian Gheorghe, Men’s Team Head Coach, said: “We have had good results up until now, particularly in the fencing and combined events, but we are only in the middle of the season and we have to continue to get good results.

“For the men’s team, I would like all four of them to qualify for the final and I think it would be the first time in history for that to happen. From there, anything can happen, but the first step is to qualify for the final. I would like each of them to have an opportunity to prove that the British men’s team are a force to be reckoned with, not just the women.”

Both squads will now head to Font Romeu in France for an intensive training camp at altitude in preparation for the competition.

The 2015 World Championships will be broadcast live on the UIPM YouTube channel. The championships begin on Sunday 28 June, with the Men’s final on Friday 3 July and the Women’s final on Saturday 4 July.

Pentathlon GB has also announced a strong squad for the Junior European Championships, held in Sofia, Bulgaria between 25 and 31 May. Joanna Muir will be looking to improve on last year’s 14th position with added confidence after her triumphant performance at the Swiss Women’s International competition earlier this year.

Joining her on the women’s team will be Francesca Summers, Eilidh Prise and Georgia Pipes, who makes her debut at a major championship competition.

The men’s team has been named as Luke Tasker, Tommy Lees and Harry Sykes, who will also be competing in a major competition for the first time.

Eleanor Guest
Tuesday, 26th May 2015 2015-05-26 Follow Junior European Results

http://www.pentathloneu.org/index.php?p=results

You can follow the Junior European Championship (Bulgaria) by clicking the link above

 

Stuart Mason
Wednesday, 20th May 2015 2015-05-20 Millfield School Modern Pentathlon Coach Vacancy

Millfield School is looking to recruit a Recoverable Modern Pentathlon Coach. The candidate must have minimum level NSRA club instructor qualification or equivalent (experience coaching the modern pentathlon combined event is highly desirable).  If you are interested, an application form and further details are available from the Millfield School website here.

Closing date: 21st May 2015

Eleanor Guest
Wednesday, 6th May 2015 2015-05-06 NYRC#5 - National Pentathlon Championship

Athletes please note that NYRC#5 applies to Youth A athletes only (and Youth B athletes that intend competing up an age group in the Youth A Ranking Competition). The Youth B Ranking series for 2015 concluded at NYRC#4.

When completing the entry form for the National Pentathlon Championships read it carefully and note the laser and pellet sections as this will determine what part of the championships you are competing in.

Stuart Mason
Wednesday, 6th May 2015 2015-05-06 IQ Laser Upgrade

For attention of all coaches and athletes that have an IQ Laser Barrel and or Target (that is not set at 50 seconds)

In order to ensure your IQ equipment (laser container and target) is fully up to date with the latest upgrade from the manufacturer, thus ensuring it will function correctly with other target systems at competitions, it is necessary for you to read the following carefully:

Pentathlon GB has agreed with the company (IQ) that all IQ laser containers and targets will be upgraded at the Modern Pentathlon National Training Centre Bath and this will take place on 13th May 2015. The logistics to facilitate this are complicated and the following instructions would have to be followed in full, the upgrade is not mandatory but is highly recommended:

LASER CONTAINER (BARREL)

1. Your laser container would need to be at the Modern Pentathlon National Training Centre, Bath University NO LATER than 12th MAY 2015.
2. They can be delivered by hand to Frici Foldes at the Modern Pentathlon Training Centre, Bath University or:
3. They are to be securely packaged and posted special delivery with a deadline delivery date of no later than 12th MAY 2015, addressed to
Mr Frici Foldes, Modern Pentathlon, 22/23 Eastwood, Bath University, Bath BA2 7AY
4. Each item is to be CLEARLY labelled with name of athlete – sticky label is best option
5. A return jiffy bag with correct postage and return address on it is to be included
6. PGB has negotiated a reduced fee due to volume for the upgrade of  £50.00 for personally owned equipment – the payment is to be made by enclosing a cheque made payable to PENTATHLON GB in with your laser and PGB will be invoiced by IQ for payment in full.

Note: anyone that has a PGB Pathway Programme Laser on loan should comply with the above instruction and clearly annotate that the laser barrel is on loan from........ (name) do not send a cheque

TARGET

If your IQ Laser Target has not been upgraded to 50 seconds and still set on 70 seconds then you have the opportunity to have this carried out at the same time. The process/logistics are exactly the same as above and there will be a cost of £37.00

There is a thought that if your target is only used at home for training purposes then this upgrade may not be necessary, but that would be your personal decision.

This upgrade session is a one off opportunity organised by PGB with IQ to come over to the UK and carry out the upgrades, thereafter you would have to send the equipment to IQ in Germany to get the upgrade carried out.

Stuart Mason
Wednesday, 6th May 2015 2015-05-06 Non-Executive Director Recruitment

Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon which involves five disciplines; fencing, swimming, riding, running and shooting.  We are highly successful in winning Olympic and World Championship medals, including at London 2012 and the World Championships 2014.  We have been successful in securing and maintaining funding to support our participation and world class aspirations for the 2013-17 funding cycle and are now looking to achieve major ambitions by growing our sport and continuing its sustained success internationally. 

Vacancies

We are looking to recruit Non-Executive Directors to the Board. There are two current vacancies with a further two posts becoming vacant after Rio 2016.

In particular we are looking for Independent Directors with specific skills and experience in one or more of the following areas: accountancy, legal, HR, commercial, marketing, social media and communications and sports development.

These are voluntary positions, with travel expenses paid.  

The Board

The Board consists of ten Non-Executive Directors plus the Chief Executive Officer and the National Performance Director.  They meet six times a year, usually in London, and attend at least one of the five national domestic competitions held each year.

The Role

The role will require a time commitment of 10 - 15 days per year. The following accountabilities reflect the role:

  • Constructively formulate Pentathlon GB’s strategic aims, ensuring that the necessary financial and human resources are in place for us to meet our objectives.
  • Provide leadership within a framework of effective controls which enable risk to be assessed and managed.
  • Set our values and standards and ensure that our obligations to our members and others (including funders) are understood and met.
  • Scrutinise the performance of the Senior Management Team in meeting agreed goals and objectives and monitor management reporting.
  • Satisfy yourself as to the integrity of the company’s financial information and reports provided to the Board; and that financial controls and systems of risk management are robust and appropriate.
  • Constantly establish and maintain confidence in the conduct and performance of the company and, through it, the national governing body.

 

Person Specification

Our ideal candidates will have:

  • Success and seniority in a professional career with experience of a high level of accountability.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively within the Board and knowledge of how a Board should operate.
  • The highest standards of corporate governance, integrity  and management.
  • The ability to listen sensitively to the views of others, inside and outside the Board, displaying good judgement and decisiveness in pressured circumstances and the skills and experience to influence decision making.
  • A proven ability to operate and plan at a strategic level.

 

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. We recruit openly and without discrimination.

How to Apply

Applicants should apply by email to the Company Secretary Ellie Guest eleanor.guest@pentathlongb.org in confidence with a CV, a supporting reference (or at least the identity of a referee who we may approach) and any other relevant information.

Closing Date

28 May 15

Interviews

19 June in London, or on an alternative date in agreement with the interview panel.

Eleanor Guest
Sunday, 3rd May 2015 2015-05-03 Kecskemet Calling

Intensity of the men’s semi-finals has been extraordinary so far this World Cup Season. No mistake or moment slump in performance goes unpunished in the terms of achieving places in the Finals. Athletes know too well that every victory in the fencing, second in the swimming or missed shot in the combined event may be difference between make it or break it. Then there is a compensation factor each athlete needs to have in the armoury. Nowadays it seems to be exceptionally strong running. We have some excellent runners in the competition good enough to tackle 8:40min in 3000m athletic track race, standard of performance unthinkable 10 years ago. Lactate tolerance, lower leg strength, core strength, maximum oxygen consumption, running economy and transitions from running to shooting phase and return to running have been improving over the past 3 to 4 years dramatically. Watch this space, characteristics of the future athlete in Modern Pentathlon are emerging. 

For the finalists the day is long and demanding. Fencing Bonus Round, introduced by the Union in preparations for the 2016 Rio Games, in addition of the pool unique, has been tested in the 2015 World Cup Series. We are still learning how potential gain of 1 to 5 seconds in the Bonus Round would affect the overall Pentathlon results. Bonus Round adds, at this testing stage, about one and half hours to the competition schedule when conducted in One Day Format. There is some outstanding work to be done on the point tables to ensure fairness to all athletes irrelevant to their placing after pool unique and investigate an option to seed the athletes for the Bonus Round after two disciplines.

It was a hit and miss competition for the girls. Samantha rode exceptionally well until taking a wrong turn after the obstacle 6 hearing liberating sound of the bell as a result. Kate struggled through the fencing but fought back in the combined event finishing in respectable 13th place. Mhairi experienced a good day returning from prolonged recovery but not yet in full fitness. Francesca should be happy with the 16th place finish. She was well balanced and had some fan too. In the heat of the fencing battle she had a core and core contact with one of the athletes who ended up flat face down on the piste. Frankie did not hesitate a second, followed through hitting gently her adversary helplessly lying on the piste. It was not attempt to score but a clear reminder to her opponent: do not mess with me I bite. 

Jamie, Tom and Sam compete today in the prestigious final stage of the World Cup 4 in Kecskemet, Hungary, all the best!

Jan Bartu
Sunday, 3rd May 2015 2015-05-03 Toolis top Brit in men’s final at World Cup 4 in Kecskemét, Hungary.

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For immediate use: Sunday 3 May, 2015

 

Toolis top Brit in men’s final at World Cup 4 in Kecskemét, Hungary.

 

Tom Toolis was the highest-placed Brit in the men’s final today finishing 13th overall, his best ever result in a World Cup.

 

Toolis performed strongly in the fencing to record 19 wins that moved him from 18th up to 11th place, a position that he held after a fine ride that scored him 294 points. He finished the run/shoot in 11:26.08, which scored him 1450 points overall.

 

Jamie Cooke, a World Cup winner earlier in the season, finished 27th overall with 1409 points, with team mate Sam Curry coming home in 35th place with 1367 points.

 

Cooke started the day superbly recording the fastest time in the swim of 1:56.82, but dropped down to 25th place after winning only 12 of his fencing bouts. 

 

Curry also dropped places after the fencing to 34th, and neither could better their positions after Cooke finished 19th and Curry 28th in the run/shoot. 

 

“It was definitely an interesting weekend,” said Jan Bartu, the GB Performance Director.  “It was a tough competition for the athletes, as all of the nations are now gearing up for the big competitions ahead.”

 

Bartu was pleased with Tom Toolis’s performance. “This is Tom’s second consecutive solid performance at this level and he has made the most significant improvement so far this season.”

 

In the women’s final yesterday, Kate French produced a strong run/shoot to finish as the highest-placed Brit in 13th, three places ahead of teenager Francesca Summers.

 

Reigning World Champion Samantha had to settle for 29th place after being eliminated in the ride, and Mhairi Spence eventually finished 24th overall in her first World Cup for 12 months.

 

Murray had made an excellent start to Saturday’s competition by recording comfortably the fastest time in the swim of 2:08.73, but saw her chances disappear in the ride as she was eliminated on Zermatt, meaning she picked up no points and went into the final run/shoot ranked 31st.

 

Spence was fourth going into the combined event but, in her first World Cup for 12 months, struggled for pace and eventually finished 24th overall.

 

 “It was a good experience for all of the athletes,” said Bartu, “but we are looking forward to the big championships now.”

 

 The World Cup Final will take place in Minsk, Belarus from June 11-14.

 

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.

Caroline Searle
Saturday, 2nd May 2015 2015-05-02 Strong run/shoot sees French finish as top Brit in women's final at World Cup 4

It was a day of ups and downs for Pentathlon GB in the women’s final of World Cup 4 in Kecskemét, Hungary.

There were good individual performances across the disciplines, with Kate French producing a strong run/shoot to finish as the highest-placed Brit in 13th, three places ahead of teenager Francesca Summers.

Mhairi Spence was fourth going into the combined event but, in her first World Cup for 12 months, struggled for pace and eventually finished 24th overall.

And reigning World Champion Samantha Murray had to settle for 29th place after being eliminated in the ride.

She had made an excellent start to Saturday’s competition by recording comfortably the fastest time in the swim of 2:08.73. Spence was 12th in 2:16.79, French 31st in 2:21.49 and Summers 33rd in 2:23.22.

Spence and Summers impressed in the fencing, winning 23 and 22 bouts respectively to climb up the rankings. Murray won 16 and French 15.

Murray was still well placed overall but saw her chances disappear in the ride as she was eliminated on Zermatt, meaning she picked up no points and went into the final run/shoot ranked 31st.

Spence and French both scored 293 points, on Jagello and Boby respectively, while Summers added 282 points to her tally on Londi.

That meant she started the final discipline in 16th, a position the 19-year-old maintained by completing the run/shoot in 13:02 to finish with 1,298 points.

French was 22nd but surged up nine places to 13th overall on 1,312 points after producing the fourth-fastest run/shoot of the day in 12:30.

Murray was 11th fastest in 12:48, meaning she climbed two places to finish 29th on 1,044 points. Spence was five places ahead on 1,266.

The men’s final is on Sunday, with Britain represented by Jamie Cooke, Sam Curry and Tom Toolis.

Caroline Searle
Friday, 1st May 2015 2015-05-01 From Kecskemet

Pentathlon GB National Training Centre at the University of Bath inaugurated a new Combined Event Facility located on the side of athletic track aiming to provide additional training opportunity to the top British athletes. Built has been fairly lengthy process associated with refurbishment of the Open Air Combined Event Range, resurfacing of the athletic track, installation of the 2012 Olympic Games legacy swimming pool and adjacent Sports Training Village support areas. This has been mammoth project undertaken by the UK Sport Elite Training Centre initiative, University of Bath and its Sports Development Department led by Stephen Baddeley, funding partners, Sport England and National Governing Bodies of Skeleton-Bobsleigh, Swimming, Athletics and Modern Pentathlon. We can’t be thankful enough to the National Lottery Sports Fund for continues generation of so vital support to the British sporting community and in particularly, to the Pentathlon GB programmes.

In contrast to recent undoubtedly positive developments and fruitful efforts to add upgraded training facilities to existing portfolio we are occasionally confronted with frustrating lack of appreciation and understanding on the part of the very individuals for whom the negotiations, planning, investments and constructions are undertaken. I am not the only one amongst the Performance Directors who would share concerns about programme athletes that have become accustom to take provided support and opportunities for granted. Risks of diluting the athletes’ focus on the delivery of utmost quality training programmes meanwhile waste unnecessary time and energy on discussions why and where this or that can’t be done is growing.  It is very simple the top performance can be only achieved when fundamental hours of dedicated training have been completed. Some of the training volume needs to be purposefully conducted under duress of bad weather conditions and imperfect training facilities. Exposing athletes to additional challenges stimulates their adaptability and coping skills, elementary virtues for any aspiring champion. To me the proposition of conscious continues increase of the training demands is the way forward. I sincerely believe the Rio hopefuls embrace the concept and make it work.  

Samantha and Mhairi controlled their destiny in the semi-finals from the leading positions thanks to strong fencing and swimming. It could be advantage in the finals to be able dig in to energy reserves not depleted in the qualification round. Kate and Francesca have done exactly opposite in the battle for top qualification places. They had to run flat out in the closing stages of the combined event to secure passage to the Saturday’s finals. That is now history and girls have a day to replenish, relax and have a massage treatment. It will be interesting Final of the World Cup 4 with currently the most experienced British female athlete Mhairi Spence and the youngest contender on the team Francesca Summers going head to head. I suspect it’ll be rather exciting to watch, don’t miss.   

Good luck today to the Men's Team.

 

Jan Bartu
Friday, 1st May 2015 2015-05-01 Follow us for updates on the European Championships!!  Pentathlon European Championships

This year Pentathlon GB is honored to be host the Modern Pentathlon European Championships in Bath, Somerset; it will be a week full of fun activities, exciting competition and world-class performances.  Follow our official European Championship Twitter here and like our Facebook page here for live updates, tickets, and news about the event, prize giveaways and much more!  Bring friends and family and join us in cheering onour GB athletes in their fight for European titles and Olympic qualification to Rio de Janeiro 2016.

Charlotte Addis
Friday, 1st May 2015 2015-05-01 Pentathlon GB trio progress to final of World Cup 4

The British trio of Jamie Cooke, Tom Toolis and Sam Curry have qualified for Sunday’s final of World cup 4 in Kecskmet, Hungary.  

 

Jamie Cooke, winner of the first world cup of 2015, qualified comfortably in Group A. Cooke started strongly recording 16 wins in the fencing and posted the second fastest time in the swim, which put him first going into the combined run-shoot. He finished fifth overall with 1151 points.

 

Tom Toolis, also in Group A, produced a fine combined run-shoot to climb the rankings and finish 10th overall and secure his place in the final with 1141 points.

 

In Group B Sam Curry finished in 10th place overall with 1157 points to see him through to the final. Curry performed strongly in the fencing competition to record 19 wins and in the swim, which sat him in fifth after the first two disciplines.

 

There was disappointment though for Nick Woodbridge as he finished 19th in Group C and will not progress further.

 

Yesterday in Kecskmet, all four British women qualified safely for tomorrow’s final.  Samantha Murray and Mhairi Spence were particularly impressive in Group C, with Murray taking first spot with 1,045 points and Spence – in her first World Cup for 12 months – fourth on 1,031.

 

Kate French, a bronze medallist from world cup 1 and Francesca Summers, making only her second world cup appearance, join them in the final after finishing seventh and 12th respectively in Group A. 

Caroline Searle

News from April 2015

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Thursday, 30th Apr 2015 2015-04-30 British quartet book place in women's final at World Cup 4 in Hungary

All four of Pentathlon GB’s women are through to the final of World Cup 4 in Kecskemét, Hungary after impressive performances in Thursday’s qualifying round.

Samantha Murray and Mhairi Spence – World Champions in 2014 and 2012 respectively – were in fine form in Group C and sat first and second after the fencing and swimming disciplines.

They then eased through the combined run/shoot, with Murray eventually taking spot with 1,045 points and Spence – in her first World Cup for 12 months – fourth on 1,031.

Kate French – a bronze-medalist at World Cup 1 in the United States in February – produced a strong run/shoot to secure seventh place in Group A.

Her time of 12:36.0 in the combined event was the fourth fastest overall and gave French a final points tally of 1,041.

Nineteen-year-old Francesca Summers, making only her second World Cup appearance, also produced a determined run/shoot to climb the rankings and finish 12th overall in Group A.

Her final total of 1,018 was more than good enough to ensure she progressed to Saturday’s final on points.

Britain’s male quartet of Jamie Cooke, Nick Woodbridge, Sam Curry and Tom Toolis will be hoping to repeat the clean sweep in their qualifiers on Friday.

 

Caroline Searle
Wednesday, 29th Apr 2015 2015-04-29 Mhairi Spence makes World Cup return as strong Pentathlon GB squad head to Hungary  Mhairi Spence in training in the new London 2012 Legacy Pool at the University of Bath

Former World Champion Mhairi Spence will make her first World Cup appearance of 2015 after being named in an eight-strong Pentathlon GB squad for World Cup 4 in Hungary.

She will be joined by reigning World Champion Samantha Murray, Kate French and Francesca Summers in the women’s competition, with the qualifiers on Thursday and final on Saturday.

Representing Britain in the men’s event – being staged on Friday and Sunday – will be double Olympian Nick Woodbridge, Jamie Cooke, Tom Toolis and Sam Curry.

Spence has not contested a World Cup since the same stage of the 2014 competition, which also took place in the city of Kecskemét.

She has been working her way towards full fitness during the winter, with her only competitive appearance of 2015 coming at the Swiss Women International when she finished a fine fifth.

Murray returns to action for the first time since winning World Cup 1 in Sarasota, United States in February – an event where French took the bronze medal.

Nineteen-year-old Summers is making her second World Cup appearance, having made her debut in Cairo, Egypt last month.

In the men’s event, Cooke will be looking for a second podium finish of the season after winning gold at World Cup 1 in Sarasota.

Woodbridge continues his comeback from injury after making a first World Cup appearance in two years at Rome earlier this month.

Toolis enjoyed his best-ever World Cup finish at that competition and will be looking to build on that, while 21-year-old Curry continues to gain valuable international experience.

World Cup 4, Hungary

Women:

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

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

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

Francesca Summers – 13.02.96, Guildford – lives: Paris

Men:

Jamie Cooke – 03.03.91, Cheltenham – lives: Bath

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

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

Nick Woodbridge - 01.07.86, Telford – lives: Bath

 

Caroline Searle
Monday, 27th Apr 2015 2015-04-27 NYRC#4 Information and Timings

The National Youth Ranking Competition #4 will take place over the weekend 2nd/3rd May 2015 at the PGB Hartpury Modern Pentathlon Academy in accordance with the Pentathlon GB 2015 National Youth Selection Policy which is available upon request from Head Office.

RULES:
This competition will be run in accordance with the current Pentathlon GB Rules for Modern Tetrathlon and Modern Pentathlon (available from the resources page of the website – www.pentathlongb.org) plus Rule changes agreed at the UIPM congress 2014. 

Youth A – 2nd May 2015

Swim

200m Freestyle

0645 hrs Registration Cheltenham pool
(Cheltenham Leisure Centre Tommy Taylors Lane Cheltenham GL50 4RN)
0700 hrs Warm Up GIRLS and BOYS together
0725 hrs first heat GIRLS followed directly by the BOYS heats
0800 hrs Finish

Fence (Hartpury GL19 3BE)

Each Competitor must have two working Epées & body wires.  Failure to meet this requirement will result in a penalty.
All competitors must be correctly dressed and protected in fencing kit at the following minimum standard:
Fencing Jacket - minimum 800N (CE level 2) in combination with Plastron FIE 800 Newton (CE level 2).
Fencing Breeches - minimum 800N (CE Level 2).
Fencing Breeches - minimum 800N (CE Level 2).
Mask - Bib 1600N (CE Level 2). Transparent masks will not be allowed.
Female competitors must wear a chest protector made from a rigid material or metal.
No jewellery or any visible body piercings are permitted.
The Fencing Director and Fencing Referee have the authority to exclude and eliminate any competitor unable or unwilling to change into clothing that complies with the Rules.

0930 hrs GIRLS warm up
1000 hrs GIRLS first bout
1145 hrs Finish

1145 hrs BOYS warm up
1215 hrs BOYS first bout
1345 hrs Finish


Combined Event (Hartpury GL19 3BE)
The combined event will be only laser shooting
It is hoped to use the outdoor range which means that the run will be on a grass track and spikes will be allowed.  If the weather dictates that the combined run/shoot has to be conducted indoors, then flats/trainers only (no spikes will be allowed).

Format:
Youth A: Handicap start, approx. 20m run; 4 x (5 Targets down (time limit 50”); 800m run)

1415 hrs Warm up first heat GIRLS
1440 hrs Start
1510 hrs Warm up second heat BOYS
1535 hrs Start

Youth B – 3rd May 2015

Swim

200m Freestyle

0745 hrs Registration Cheltenham pool
Cheltenham Leisure Centre Tommy Taylors Lane Cheltenham GL50 4RN)
0800 hrs Warm Up GIRLS and BOYS together
0825 hrs first heat GIRLS followed directly by the BOYS heats
0900 hrs Finish

Combined Event (Hartpury GL19 3BE)
The combined event will be only laser shooting
It is hoped to use the outdoor range which means that the run will be on a grass track and spikes will be allowed.  If the weather dictates that the combined run/shoot has to be conducted indoors, then flats/trainers only (no spikes will be allowed). 

Format:
Youth B: Handicap start, approx 20m run; 3 x (5 targets down (time limit 50”); 800m run)

1030 hrs Warm up first heat GIRLS
1050 hrs Start GIRLS
1115 hrs Warm up second heat BOYS
1135 hrs Start BOYS

Stuart Mason
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 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
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
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 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
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
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 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
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 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 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
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

You will be notified if you are invited for interview by 25 March with interviews on 26 or 27 March depending on your availability.

Eleanor Guest



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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