Member Stories

Our members come from all sorts of backgrounds. Some of our members have spoken to us about their involvement in modern pentathlon, from joining through to competing.

Heather's Story

Heather originally competed in the Pony Club and found modern pentathlon while at university. With one discipline under her belt she went on to adopt the other four while training with her university team. This also allowed her to continue horse riding during her studies.

Q: How did you get started with modern pentathlon?

A: I loved all sports especially horse riding. I enjoyed Pony Club activities and knew a little about modern pentathlon. When I started university I had to leave my pony at home with my little sister and once Freshers’ Week was over and I was very much in to my studies I started to miss doing loads of sport. Luckily for me, my university has a modern pentathlon team which I decided to join.

Q: How often do you train and what does your training involve?

A: For me the training is a great time away from my studies and good exercise. But my priority is to make sure I pass my degree, so I have to fit training in with that. I swim twice a week and go running once a week. Every Monday night I train with the Pentathlon Club to improve my shooting and fencing and I ride once a month at the local riding school.

Q: Do you compete?

A: Yes. I am looking forward to competing in the BUCS Championships in modern pentathlon and recently I took part in a regional modern pentathlon competition. It was great to meet people outside the university team and provided good preparation for the BUCS Championships.

Ollie's Story

Ollie is a 14-year-old swimmer who has found involvement with modern pentathlon through regional training days and the British Schools' Modern Biathlon Championships. He has since adopted shooting has even tried his hand at fencing.

Q: How did you get started with modern pentathlon?

A: Through school I took part in a biathlon against other local schools. I didn't know at the time that this was anything to do with modern pentathlon. We then found out about the Schools' Biathlon Championships and entered into the regional qualifier. Through this I qualified for the finals at Olympic Park. It was a great experience. I am already a club swimmer but I get bored sometimes so I really enjoyed the event because I could run as well. At the Schools finals I found out more about modern pentathlon. I don't really want to do all five sports but I have started shooting as it is something really different.

Q: How often do you train and what does your training involve?

A: I still train with my swimming club 10 hours a week but I also now train at the local shooting club once a week. I have also attended a Regional Training Day for modern pentathlon which was great fun and helped with my running and I even had a go at fencing.

Q: Do you compete?

A: Yes I compete all the time with my swimming club. I still plan to do the biathlon next year and if I keep my shooting going I might try a Triathlon – with the pistol not the bike!

Ben's Story

Ben found modern pentathlon after his school won a free Development Day. Not long after he entered his first biathlon competition and now hopes to get onto the English Talent Programme.

Q: How did you get started with modern pentathlon?

A: I stumbled upon modern pentathlon. My school won a free Development Day with Pentathlon GB. Through this I found out more about the sport because I really liked the idea of doing lots of sports. I entered a local biathlon competition and qualified for the British Modern Biathlon Championships. I was surprised when I performed really well and had some potential talent.

Q: How often do you train and what does your training involve?

A: Since getting involved I have started attending monthly regional training sessions. To get on to the English Talent Programme I need to obtain my shooting certificate and enter a modern triathlon so I am training for this. I am doing this alongside my swimming training and now run once a week as well.

Q: Do you compete?

A: Yes I compete in swimming competitions and hopefully now I will compete in modern pentathlon competitions.