A New Year Message from our CEO
A New Year message from our Chief Executive Officer, Danielle Every
Dear Pentathlon family,
I trust you have all enjoyed great Christmas and New Year celebrations. On behalf of the Pentathlon GB Board and staff, I would like to wish you all a healthy and prosperous 2017. For the athletes amongst you, I hope that this is a good year and that 2017 brings you personal bests and performances to be proud of.
2017 will be an incredibly busy year, however with a new Chair in Christian Brodie and a new strategy taking us to 2021, there is much about which to be excited. We will need to have a clear focus to maximise the impact of a small executive team but we are ready for the challenge and keen to collaborate and work in partnership where it makes sense.
We are excited about our new competitions calendar for 2017 and hope that whether as an athlete, a coach, a volunteer or a parent/spectator you will be very much involved.
On 3-4 June, we will see our finest athletes competing in the British Modern Pentathlon Championships at our National Training Centre at The University of Bath. This event will be a Junior and Senior Event and we welcome athletes from university/college clubs as well as those from our elite programmes. We are hopeful that on this same weekend we will host our inaugural British Laser-Run Championships and we encourage as many clubs, schools, colleges, regions and academies to host a qualifying event in support of this exciting new format of the sport. More details of this will follow in due course.
In addition, we will be piloting the introduction of relays at the British National Biathlon Championships in November and we hope that this will provide an exciting alternative or addition to young athletes and an opportunity to compete as part of a team.
Our elite athletes have a busy season ahead with the first National ranking competition this month and you will be able to follow their progress through Pentathlon GB social media channels. Our very best wishes to all GB athletes who will be selected for the 2017 season. Whether competing at Senior, Junior or Youth level; we will be cheering you on!
We aim to launch our new membership packages in the spring following the feedback from you, our members, and we will pay great attention to our technology to improve event booking as well as greater access to digital content. As ever, your own views and ideas are very welcome and I urge you to contact the team at any time.
Our network of academies will play a major role in the continued development of the sport as regional training centres as will the regions and local schools and clubs. The support and commitment of all those involved is critical to the sustainability of the sport and in order to provide high quality coaching, facilities and competitions for young pentathletes.
A final thank you in advance to our dedicated team of volunteers who support events locally and nationally. Without your knowledge, professionalism and generosity with your time, much of what we deliver would not be possible. We appreciate your continued support in 2017 and hope that we will be able to attract more parents to help in the next year.
The Pentathlon GB team look forward to seeing you in 2017 and in the meantime, we wish you well whether you returned to training, work or to school this week; hopefully it was not too much of a shock to the system!
Posted in News on Jan 06, 2017