PGB youngsters impress at second TID Camp
The second Pentathlon GB Talent Identification Camp of 2017 was held at our academy Hartpury College last weekend with a small selection of young, enthusiastic athletes who are looking to join the Pentathlon GB Pathway at World Class Talent level invited to attend.
Some of the athletes in attendance are currently part of the Pentathlon GB English Talent Programme whilst others had been identified from their performances at the British Modern Biathlon Championships held in November.
It means everyone invited to the identification camp has already produced impressive performances at our National Competitions for their age group and are amongst the best young pentathletes in the country.
The youngsters were overseen by Pentathlon GB’s Pathway Manager Stuart Mason, ETP Technical Advisor and Co-ordinator Ann Marshall, National Fencing Coach Frici Foldes, Performance Director Jan Bartu, Pathway Coach Russell North and Team Manager and Chaperone Maggie Gomersall during the weekend.
Anyone who had not attended the first identification camp last month undertook the same tests as those in January, including 800m run repetitions and laser shooting drills. For those who had attended the first camp at Hartpury, there were little modules to complete throughout the weekend in areas of core importance including balance and flexibility.
Everyone’s performance from across the two weekends will now be assessed and compared to athletes who have been through the same process previously.
Athletes who meet the minimum consideration standards set by the Pentathlon GB Performance team will be invited to join the World Class Pathway Programme (WCPP) for a probationary period. Those who don’t quite meet the standards at present will be provided with recommendations and tips on areas to improve and invited onto the WCPP if they meet the set criteria at a later date.
Pentathlon GB Pathway Manager Stuart Mason commented that the two camps had been very encouraging and that things were looking positive for the next generation of Pentathlon GB athletes.