Michal Janca & Marco Quattrini to join Pentathlon GB Performance Team
Marco Quattrini and Michal Janca have been appointed as Pentathlon GB’s two new Performance Coaches after an extensive application and recruitment process.
The duo both have over 20 years of modern pentathlon experience and will help to support our ambitions to deliver continued success and win medals at major Championships through to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and beyond.
Marco and Michal will join the Pentathlon GB Performance team at our National Training Centre in Bath and alongside Frici Foldes will form the Performance Management and Coaching Team working under the leadership of our experienced and hugely successful Performance Director, Jan Bartu.
Michal, who was born in Pilsen, in the Czech Republic, has competed internationally in Modern Pentathlon and Fencing. He is an international judge for all five Modern Pentathlon events and volunteered at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and at three UIPM World Championships.
Michal’s coaching journey started at a Czech Modern Pentathlon Club in 2002 before moving to the UK in 2008 when he started a role as a modern pentathlon coach at Whitgift School, one of eight current Pentathlon GB Academies. During his time at the school, Michal organised and supervised weekly training sessions and schedules in all 5 modern pentathlon disciplines and managed teams at a range of competitions. He contributed to the preparations of current WCPP athletes Samuel Curry and Joseph Choong among others.
Michal moved to Plymouth College in 2016, another of the Pentathlon GB’s Academies, where he became Director of Modern Pentathlon and Fencing. At the college, Michal has overseen training and competition routines, motivating young athletes to develop their skills and compete successfully both at national and international level. He has also designed the programmes for both sports by managing timetables and training schedules.
Michal has previously travelled as a coach with the Pentathlon GB Youth and Junior teams to international competitions, including European and World Championships.
Having graduated with a Law degree, Marco has been a coach and international judge since 1986 so will bring vast experience to the Pentathlon GB team. Marco began his coaching journey in his native Italy with the Italian Youth team before progressing to become a coach with the Junior and then Senior National teams.
Under Marco’s stewardship, Italian athletes won over 100 international medals in a 17 year period including gold medals at Senior World Championships, Senior European Championships, World Cups, Junior European Championships, Youth A World Championships and Youth B European Championships.
Marco then moved to the Irish Federation in 2014 where we spent two years working as a performance coach. He was part of the coaching team that helped Arthur Lanigan O-Keeffe to win the European Championships in Bath in 2015. Last year Marco spent time as a UIPM instructor in Kosovo, helping to develop Modern Pentathlon in the country.
Pentathlon GB’s Performance Director Jan Bartu said “I’m delighted to welcome Marco and Michal to the Pentathlon GB Performance Coaching Team. I have known both for many years and the experience and insight they bring will be invaluable in helping us achieve our targets as we enter the Tokyo Olympic Games cycle.
“I have worked closely with Michal whilst he has been at Whitgift School and Plymouth College. I acknowledge the good work he has done at both of these academies. Having supported our Youth and Junior teams at international events, he is well known by British athletes and has a detailed insight into the Pentathlon GB Pathway Performance Programme.
“Marco is vastly respected within the Modern Pentathlon community for his significant achievements with the Italian Teams. I’m delighted that he will now be able to apply his experience helping British athletes to maximise their potential. Marco has a deep understanding of what it takes to win and the demands of international Pentathlon.”
Marco will begin working with our team on Monday 13th March with Michal starting his role on 1st April 2017.