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Volunteers Needed to Support Pentathlon Activity in the South East

Posted on Thursday, 21st Nov 2013 by Eleanor Guest

The South East Regional Committee of Pentathlon GB is looking to recruit volunteers who can provide support in high quality competition for athletes competing in the various formats of Pentathlon. 

Volunteering is a great way to feel part of something amazing and the Olympics demonstrated the fun of sports event volunteering. You may want to volunteer to gain skills for your CV, to meet new friends, to do something different, to put something back into sport or because someone they love participates in the sport already.

If you are interested please have a look at the job roles below and speak to Regional Chair Tim Fraser (timothy.fraser@monotype.com or 07900683594) to find out more. Please provide Tim with a CV or a Biography about yourself in the first instance.

 

Positions vacant:     

  • Competition Co-ordinator
  • Trophies and Presentations Secretary
  • Registration co-ordinator
  • Event Health, Safety and Welfare Officer
  • Equipment Co-ordinator

 

Volunteer Job Role – Competition Co-ordinator

Reporting to:  South East Regional Committee

Key people to link with: Pentathlon GB Competition and Events Manager, Penthalon GB Central competition entries system, Trophies and Presentations Secretary, Registration co-ordinator, Results Secretary, Event Health, Safety and Welfare Officer, Equipment Co-ordinator, Sport Specific Officials

Main Purpose of the Role:  To coordinate the event organisation for the regional Biathlon, Triathlon, Tetrathlon and Pentathlon competitions for the South East Region.

Maximum Commitment:  Attendance at Regional Committee meetings twice a year, 1 hour per week average co-ordination plus full days during the 4 events.    The competitions are Biathlon (one day), Schools Biathlon (probably merged with normal Biathlon (one day), Triathlon (one day) and Pentathlon (two days)

Main responsibilities:              

  1. To book suitable and cost effective event venues.
  2. To work with the Regional Committee on a budget for the events.
  3. To ensure that the Event Health, Safety and Welfare has undertaken a risk assessment of the venue and event.
  4. To advertise events via the Pentathlon GB website.
  5. To work with the Regional Committee regarding the technical aspects of the sport and to ensure that appropriate sport specific officials are in place.
  6. To conduct a briefing to all volunteers / sport specific officials are the start of the event.
  7. To liaise with the Equipment Co-ordinator regarding the equipment needs of the event.
  8. To liaise with the Registration Co-ordinator regarding the process for registration and to ensure that all participants are welcomed and provided with the right information.
  9. To oversee the event on the day and ensure it runs successfully.
  10. To liaise with the Results Secretary to ensure the system is in place for the event.
  11. To support the Trophies and Presentations Secretary in their duties.
  12. To evaluate the event and report back to the Regional Committee.

In return you will be supported with technical advice and support from Pentathlon GB.

 

Volunteer Job Role – Trophies and Presentations Secretary

Reporting to:  Competitions Co-ordinator

Key people to link with:  Results Secretary

Main Purpose of the Role:  To organise the trophies and presentations for the regional Biathlon, Triathlon, Tetrathlon and Pentathlon competitions for the South East.

Maximum Commitment: 3 hours in advance of the event and then 2 hours at each event. 5 hours per event. 

Main responsibilities:              

  1. To establish the trophy and certificate needs of the event in liaison with the Competition Co-ordinator.
  2. Working within the budget set by the Regional Committee order the Trophies and print the certificates required for the event.
  3. Organise and deliver the presentations at the event.
  4. Where possible recruit dignitaries to present the trophies and certificates.
  5. Make sure the presentations ceremony is enjoyable, valued and memorable for participants.

 

Volunteer Job Role – Event Health, Safety and Welfare Officer Event Health, Safety and Welfare Officer

Reporting to:  Competition Co-ordinator

Key people to link with:  Pentathlon GB Safeguarding and Protecting Children Officer, Equipment Co-ordinator, Sport Specific Officials

Main Purpose of the Role:  To ensure the regional Biathlon, Triathlon, Tetrathlon and Pentathlon competitions for the South East are delivered according to the health and safety requirements and policies of Pentathlon GB. 

Maximum Commitment:  3 hours prior to the event and attendance at events (4 per year). 

Main responsibilities:              

  1. To conduct a risk assessment of the venue and event.
  2. To ensure that the event complies with Safeguarding and Welfare policies and best practice.
  3. To work with the Regional Committee regarding the technical aspects of the sport and to ensure that appropriate sport specific officials are in place.
  4. In conjunction with the Competition Coordinator brief to all volunteers / sport specific officials are the start of the event related to the risk assessment.
  5. To liaise with the Equipment Co-ordinator regarding the safety of the equipment being used at the event.
  6. To attend the events ensuring the risk assessment and policies are being implemented.
  7. To report back to the Regional Committee any health, safety or welfare concerns.
  8. To report any accidents or incidents to the relevant bodies.

 

Volunteer Job Role – Equipment Co-ordinator

Reporting to: Competitions Coordinator

Key people to link with:  Pentathlon GB Technical Advisor, Event Health, Safety and Welfare Officer, Sport Specific Officials

Main Purpose of the Role: To ensure the equipment required for events is in place – for the regional Biathlon, Triathlon, Tetrathlon and Pentathlon competitions for the South East.

Maximum Commitment:  Storing of equipment, 4 hours leading up to the event plus a full day during the 4 events, 2 hours post event.

Main responsibilities:              

  1. To regularly store or manage the storage of the South East Regional Committee equipment including the keeping of an asset register. As such it is essential that the successful volunteer has some experience in the storage or maintenance of shooting and / or fencing equipment and that the South East Regional Committee can check on the location and security of the designated equipment store.
  2. To liaise with the Pentathlon GB Technical Advisor regarding PGB owned equipment in the charge of the region.
  3. To liaise with the Competitions Coordinator regarding the equipment needs of the event.
  4. To check the equipment in terms of suitability, function and safety.
  5. Organise and deliver the required equipment to the event and support the setup of the event related to the equipment.
  6. Report any equipment issues immediately to the Regional Committee and Competition Coordinator.
  7. As appropriate and within a budget set by the Regional Committee procure equipment for the events.
  8. To set down equipment and return it to storage following the event.

In return you will be supported with technical advice and support from Pentathlon GB.

 


News from April 2014

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Sunday, 20th Apr 2014 2014-04-20 10th for GB pair in mixed relay at Chengdu World Cup

The young British pairing of Kate French and Sam Curry came 10th in the mixed relay  – the final event of the Modern Pentathlon World Cup in Chengdu, China today (Sunday).
 
The GB pair were eighth after the fencing, winning 19 and losing 25 of their contests and were then eighth in the 2x100m freestyle relay with a time of 2:04.31.  
 
A sixth place finish in the run/shoot followed a 12th place in the ride, seeing the GB pair finish 10th overall.
 
Gold went to Korea, with Belarus winning silver and China bronze.
 
The Modern Pentathlon World Cup action now moves on to Kecskemet in Hungary from 1 to 5 May.
 
Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport of modern pentathlon and has its National Training Centre at the University of Bath.
 
 
Chengdu mixed relay results
Gold: Soo Jin Yang & Woojin Hwang (KOR) – 1438 points
Silver: Tatsiana Yelizarova & Stanislau Zhurauliou (BLR) – 1429 points
Bronze: Xiaonan Zhang & Haihang Su (CHN) – 1421 points
10th: Kate French & Sam Curry (GBR) – 1286 points
 

Steve Ballinger
Friday, 18th Apr 2014 2014-04-18 Britain’s French secures career best World Cup finish

Britain’s Kate French achieved the highest Modern Pentathlon World Cup finish of her career to date when she came sixth in China today (Friday).
 
The 23-year-old, ranked 18th in the world, crossed the finish line just six seconds off the bronze medal position at the competition in Chengdu.
 
Team-mate Samantha Murray finished 29th with Freyja Prentice not taking part in the fun/shoot due to an ankle injury. She had been 13th after the ride.
 
Today’s performance was the latest in a string of impressive performances from French, originally from Kent but now training at Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre at the University of Bath.
 
She came 10th in the individual competitions at both World and European Championships last year and was runner-up at last month’s Swiss International in Bern and at this month’s International Budapest Cup.
 
French and Prentice won 19 bouts fencing bouts apiece today to share 12th place with 214 pentathlon points, while Murray won 17 of her 35 fencing contests putting her in 16th place with 202 points.
 
Murray clocked the quickest swim time of the day with a 200m freestyle time of 2:11.00 to add 308 points to her total, promoting her to eighth. French’s 2:21.11 was the 19th fastest of the day, putting her 13th going into the ride, while Prentice’s 2:26.25 saw her drop to 21st.
 
Murray went clear in the ride, but sustained eight time penalties to give her 292 points, putting her fifth going into the run/shoot. She started the run/shoot 27 seconds behind Russia’s event leader Alise Fakhrutdinova.
 
French dropped 12 points from the maximum riding score to go into the run/shoot in 10th, 50 seconds behind the leader, while Prentice’s riding performance – dropping just eight points – pushed her back up the leaderboard into 13th.
 
Prentice, who had been troubled by an ankle injury in Wednesday’s qualifiers, decided against tackling the run/shoot.
 
And while Murray’s Chendgu campaign faltered and she dropped down the field, French went on to achieve her highest World Cup finish yet. Her run/shoot time of 13:19.21 was the sixth best of the day. She crossed the finish line six seconds behind bronze medallist Wanxia Liang, a second behind Hungary’s Sarolta Kovacs and alongside Mina Jeong of South Korea, who just edged fifth.

Qian Chen, China's world number three, won gold with Poland's Oktawia Nowacka taking silver.
 
Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport of modern pentathlon and has its National Training Centre at the University of Bath.
 
Chengdu World Cup results
Gold: Qian Chen (CHN) – 1333 points
Silver: Oktawia Nowacka (POL) – 1300 points
Bronze: Wanxia Liang (CHN) – 1286 points
4th: Sarolta Kovacs (HUN) – 1281 points
5th: Mina Jeong (KOR) – 1280 points
6th: Kate French (GBR) – 1280 points
29th: Samantha Murray (GBR) – 1165 points
36th: Freyja Prentice (GBR) – 768 points (did not contest run/shoot)
 
Chengdu World Cup schedule
(please note: Chengdu time is seven hours ahead of UK time)
 
Wednesday: 16 April: women’s heats
Thursday 17 April: men’s heats
Friday 18 April: women’s final
Saturday 19 April: men’s final
Sunday 20 April: mixed relay
 
GB team for Chengdu
 
Kate French – 11.02.91, Meopham, Gravesend – Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, Inverurie, near Aberdeen - Bath
 
Sam Curry – 03.09.93, Salfords, near Redhill – Bath
Luke Tasker – 28.01.94 – Waddington, Clitheroe, Lancashire - Bath
Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, north east London- Bath
 

Steve Ballinger
Thursday, 17th Apr 2014 2014-04-17 GB men miss out on final berths at Chengdu World Cup

The young British men’s team have missed out on places in Saturday’s final at the Modern Pentathlon World Cup in China. 

Twenty-year-old Sam Curry came agonisingly close to clinching a place in the final at only his fourth World Cup competition.
 
The top-12 athletes from each of the two semis automatically progress along with the next 12 highest points scores from the two semis.
 
Curry finished 18th in semi-final A and his points total of 1080 was the joint 12th highest among the athletes who didn’t automatically qualify, along with Lukas Kontrimavicius of Lithuania. But the Lithuanian’s better run/shoot time in semi-final B saw him secure the last spot in the men’s final on Saturday.
 
Curry was sixth after the fencing in semi-final A and climbed to ninth with a 200m freestyle swim time of 2:05.82. He dropped to 18th in the run/shoot.
 
Twenty-year-old Luke Tasker, competing at his first World Cup, finished 31st in the same semi. He was joint 19th after the fencing, produced the sixth fastest swim of the semi (2:02.92) to go into the run/shoot in 13th, but he dropped down the field.
 
Semi-final B started in the pool and Tom Toolis’ swim time of 2:04.56 put him eighth. He dropped down to 21st after the fencing and ended the day in the same spot.
 
Tomorrow (Friday) sees the women return to action in their final.
 
Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport of modern pentathlon and has its National Training Centre at the University of Bath.

Steve Ballinger
Wednesday, 16th Apr 2014 2014-04-16 GB trio through to Chengdu World Cup final

All three British women competing at the Modern Pentathlon World Cup in China have progressed through to Friday’s final.
 
Kate French, Freyja Prentice and Samantha Murray all qualified from their semis in Chengdu today (Wednesday).
 
Prentice struggled with an ankle injury and a decision on her participation in the final will be taken on the day.
 
Istvan Nemeth, Women’s Head Coach for the British team, said: “The only goal in the semi-finals is to get into the final. They’ve achieved that today."
 
French, ranked 19th in the world, qualified comfortably from semi-final A, crossing the finishing line in third place, 11 seconds behind China’s Xiaonon Zhang and a second behind Russia’s Ekaterina Khuraskina.
 
Sixth after the fencing and fifth after the swim, she was able to make sure of a top-12 place that guaranteed a spot in Friday’s final.
 
Prentice finished 17th in semi A after an ankle injury hampered her efforts during the run/shoot. With the top-12 from each semi guaranteed places in the final along with the next 12 highest points scorers, she faced a wait to see if she had reached the final. Her points score was high enough to see her through.
 
Samantha Murray came home 14th in semi B. Eleventh after the fencing, she clocked the second fastest 200m swim of the semi with 2:11.26 to go into the run/shoot in fifth. She crossed the finish line in a bunch of athletes to safely qualify for Friday's final.
 
Russia’s Donata Rimsaite led the way home in semi-final B.
 
Tomorrow (Thursday), 20-year-old Luke Tasker makes his World Cup debut in the men’s heats. He goes in semi-final A. Sam Curry and Tom Toolis go in semi-final B.
 
Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport of modern pentathlon and has its National Training Centre at the University of Bath.
 
Chengdu World Cup schedule
(please note: Chengdu time is seven hours ahead of UK time)
 
Wednesday: 16 April: women’s heats
Thursday 17 April: men’s heats
Friday 18 April: women’s final
Saturday 19 April: men’s final
Sunday 20 April: mixed relay
 
GB team for Chengdu
 
Kate French – 11.02.91, Meopham, Gravesend – Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, Inverurie, near Aberdeen - Bath
 
Sam Curry – 03.09.93, Salfords, near Redhill – Bath
Luke Tasker – 28.01.94 – Waddington, Clitheroe, Lancashire - Bath
Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, north east London- Bath
 

Steve Ballinger
Monday, 14th Apr 2014 2014-04-14 Tasker set for World Cup debut in China

Twenty-year-old Luke Tasker is set to make his Modern Pentathlon World Cup debut at this week’s competition in Chengdu, China.
 
Tasker is a member of a six-strong GB team competing at the event. He joins 20-year-old Sam Curry, who contests his fourth World Cup, and 21-year-old Tom Toolis, who competes at only his second World Cup, in a young GB men’s team.
 
London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray heads the GB women’s team. She is joined by Freyja Prentice and Kate French, who are ranked 17th and 19th in the world respectively.
 
Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director, said: “Chengdu will be another opportunity for selected athletes to score points for the pentathlon world ranking list and hopefully achieve positive results for the British rankings, which will be used to select the teams for the European and World Championships later in the season.”
 
Tasker, who is studying Sports Performance at the University of Bath, finished 27th at the International Budapest Cup in Hungary a week ago, where Curry was 22nd and Toolis 23rd.
 
French continued her strong performances over the last year by taking the silver medal in the women’s competition at the International Budapest Cup, finishing 26 seconds behind Hungary’s Sarolta Kovacs.
 
Samantha Murray came home sixth with Jo Muir seventh, Georgia Pipes 20th and Caroline Nickerson 25th.
 
Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport of modern pentathlon and has its National Training Centre at the University of Bath.
 
Chengdu World Cup schedule
(please note: Chengdu time is seven hours ahead of UK time)
 
Wednesday: 16 April: women’s heats
Thursday 17 April: men’s heats
Friday 18 April: women’s final
Saturday 19 April: men’s final
Sunday 20 April: mixed relay
 
GB team for Chengdu
 
Kate French – 11.02.91, Meopham, Gravesend – Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, Inverurie, near Aberdeen - Bath
 
Sam Curry – 03.09.93, Salfords, near Redhill – Bath
Luke Tasker – 28.01.94 – Waddington, Clitheroe, Lancashire - Bath
Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, north east London- Bath

Steve Ballinger
Monday, 14th Apr 2014 2014-04-14 Muir wins gold and Choong silver at junior international

Two young British pentathletes produced strong performances to secure podium places at the Milan Kadlec Memorial junior international competition in Prague at the weekend.