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UIPM Are Recruiting for a Development Manager - Apply Now

Posted on Friday, 1st Mar 2013 by Eleanor Guest

Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM) is the governing body for the Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon. Modern Pentathlon has been on the Olympic Programme since 1912 following the conception by Baron Pierre de Coubertin to include a unique sport reflective of the ancient pentathlon. The five disciplines of Modern Pentathlon are fencing, swimming, equestrian, laser shooting and 3,200m run.

 

UIPM has created a new and challenging post, based at its Headquarters in Monaco. The Development Manager will be in charge of managing the UIPM Strategic Plans for Development programmes and will report to the UIPM Secretary General.

 

Key Responsibilities

·      To manage the launching of any initiatives proposed  in the Strategic Plans for the Development of Modern Pentathlon as agreed by the UIPM Executive Board

·      To manage, develop and improve existing UIPM Development Programmes such as

-        Certification courses for National Federation Coaches

-        Development competitions such as World School Biathlon, Triathle and Tetrathlon

-        Creation of new Modern Pentathlon federations

·      To create best practice manuals for Continental Confederations and National Federations

·      To develop new projects and ideas for UIPM Development

·      To manage Olympic Solidarity and other funding programmes

·      Create an integral an comprehensive marketing and sponsorship plan in coordination with UIPM partners and stakeholders

·      Work with the UIPM Communications Manager to increase media presence and sponsorship at UIPM events

·      To retain existing clients by ensuring they receive excellent customer service and then keep a dialogue open to ensure they are aware of all future opportunities

·      To proactively identify and source new business

·      To work alongside the UIPM EB Member for Marketing to constantly review UIPM’s hospitality product to ensure it is of the highest standards

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

·      Educated to University degree level preferably in the fields of sport management

·      Minimum of 3 years of experience in the field of sport and event management in major sporting events or organization

·      Any other relevant sport industry experience is an asset

·      Experience in policy development, project management, knowledge transfer,

·      implementation and monitoring of all levels of sport projects

·      A solid knowledge and understanding of the international sports community

 

 

Preferred Skills:

·      Strong organizational skills with the ability to set and manage priorities and cope with a demanding workload

·      Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively at all levels

·      The ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

·      Problem solving skills

·      High level of attention to detail

·      Willingness to travel and flexibility

·      Enthusiastic and motivational

 

Languages:

English is the working languages of the UIPM headquarters. Fluency in oral and written English is a must. Working knowledge of other languages, in particular French is an advantage.

 

Other Skills:

Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office) is required, as well as ability to keep abreast of technological developments in the field of business management

 

Immediate Start

Deadline for Applications: 10 March 2013

 

Apply Here:  http://www.sportsrecruitment.com/jobs/details/937/development-manager


News from September 2015

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Friday, 4th Sep 2015 2015-09-04 Yth A World Championships

2 days of semi finals now over here in Argentina and we have 6 athletes through to the finals. All 4 girls made it through, Kerenza Bryson, Georgina Summers, Olivia Green and Charlotte Summers. Final will start in the morning for the girls and will be a tough competition. In the boys event Oliver Murray made the final alonside team mate Joshua Miller, but unfortunately Myles Pillage missed out by only 4 seconds and William Eccleston too missed out. The boys final will be on Saturday, relays Sunday and start our journey home Monday morning.

Sparodic reporting is due to terrible wifi connection and grabbing opportunity when possible. I understand that results are being posted on the UIPM website though.

Stuart Mason
Wednesday, 2nd Sep 2015 2015-09-02 Youth A World Championships - Begin

Opening Ceremony over, equipment checks complete for the girls and we line up for the start in the morning for the semi finals of the 2015 Youth A World Championships here in Argentina, also the venue for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

GB Girls will start tomorrow with Kerenza Bryson pairing up with Olivia Green in Semi A and the two Summer's sisters Georgina and Charlotte in Semi B. In total 59 girls have been declared at the Technical Meeting and this will be reduced to 36 through the semi final process by close of play tomorrow.

Good luck girls and hope you all get a spot in the final

Stuart Mason

News from August 2015

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Saturday, 29th Aug 2015 2015-08-29 Youth A World Championships - Argentina

As we finish our preparation phase in the next day or so for the Youth A World Championships here in Argentina, I thought some reflection on our time here so far would be welcome back home. Leaving the Senior European Championships on the final day of competition on such a high with Kate French achieving a qualifying slot and the ladies winning the team gold, spirits were high amongst the youth team and inspiration given by the senior team, even the 13 hour flight didnt dampen the enthusiasm and excitement of going to South America. However, post flight and on meeting our reception guide we knew things had suddenly taken a turn in the opposite direction when we had to board an army coach (driver in full combats) and all fencing bags etc had to be taken on board the seating area (no luggage hold) along with German team this proved to be a bit of a tight fit. But we managed and finally got to our hotel about one and a half hours later, although not the hotel we had been told we would be staying at, in fact a hotel that is nearly a 2 hour round trip by coach from the competition venue. A quick reflection of the previous week in our home of pentathlon and the best competition ever (thanks Kara and Sue) soon made us realise how privelidged we are in PGB. The daily journey takes us through some of the worst deprived areas of humanity we have ever seen and has been a real culture shock to our young athletes, check the twitter pics from Pathway Manager. Townships constructed on refuse tips and small children playing amongst the tons of waste. That said, they still find space amongst all this for a set of football posts and kick a ball around. The competition venue is at an Army Camp and it is very active with training Argentean soldiers running around non stop - camera's are a complete no go! (maybe for the competition we can use them?) security is white hot.

The main thing we have to combat is the street crime and look after each other when outside the hotel. One German athlete whilst out with her team stopped for a coffee and put her bag down at her feet whilst paying, but when she looked down it had gone! Visiting spectator parents coming out, please be careful and take note.

I have no doubt that the actual compeition will be good here once set up and underway - but the 33m pool is interesting!! The good news is that the organising committee are helpful and doing very best to make our stay as comfortable as possible, the athletes are in good spirit, have trained well and looking forward to the start line.

 

Stuart Mason
Wednesday, 26th Aug 2015 2015-08-26 Tree Planting Ceremony at Sandhurst  Tree Planting Ceremony at Sandhurst

The UIPM was founded during the 1948 London Olympic Games at Sandhurst, the venue for the Modern Pentathlon event. Before this time Modern Pentathlon was administered by the International Olympic Committee.

To recognise this historic landmark the UIPM, the British Army and Pentathlon GB organised an event at Sandhurst on 24 August 2015, in the company of many notable guests.  Among these were members of the family of Brigadier Leslie Wieler, who did so much at the time to facilitate and encourage the formation of the Union.

A seven foot oak tree was planted by Dr Klaus Schormann, President of the UIPM, Anthony Temple QC, Chairman of Pentathlon GB and General Sir Peter Wall GCB, CBE, ADC President of British Army Pentathlon. There followed a brief dedication by the Army Padre. The oak stands on the edge of a beautiful lake with a plaque appropriately commemorating and celebrating the founding of the Union.

Following the planting a reception was held at the Old College where Dr Schormann spoke of the history of the UIPM and recognized the contribution Pentathlon GB has made to the sport over many years.

Dr Schormann presented the Royal Military Academy with a commemorative plate and Sir Peter Wall with the prestigious Pierre de Coubertin medal. Sir Peter competed in Modern Pentathlon from an early age and through university, becoming a junior international. He has always been a strong supporter of Modern Pentathlon and has helped ensure its continuation as a sport within the British Army.

John Woodbridge
Sunday, 23rd Aug 2015 2015-08-23 French secures Rio spot as GB girls win gold  Sam, Kate and Freyja with their gold medals

Kate French finished 8th in the women’s final of the Modern Pentathlon European Championships today, securing her quota place for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The British trio of Samantha Murray, Kate French and Freyja Prentice also took home the team gold.

French finished third in her swimming heat with a time 2:19.29 and won 17 of her fencing bouts, before having one unfortunate fence down in the ride. She was mid-table throughout the day and started the combined event in 15th place, with a 71 second handicap and a lot left to do. Despite this, accurate shooting and strong running meant she overtook seven of her competitors to guarantee her availability for Rio selection.

“It’s amazing”, French said. “I never thought I would be able to do it. I always had a goal in mind but I was average all day so I really had to pull it out for the combined to be able to get myself up there. Going into the last few laps I knew I was in a good position and I just had to stay calm, but I felt like I kept my cool today so I’m very happy. Rio is still a long way off so I will just have to stay strong next year and keep up my good performances.

“The crowd have helped so much today especially as my legs were hurting so much in the last 200 metres. I’m really grateful for them coming out to support.”

Samantha Murray finished in 10th place after a series of consistent performances in all 5 disciplines. The London 2012 Olympic silver medallist had a great start in the pool, finishing less than one hundredth of a second behind France’s Elodie Clouvel with a time of 2:09.50, before winning 17 victories in the fence. Murray managed to add two extra points to her tally in the bonus round after fending off challenges from Russia’s Donata Rimsaite and Italy’s Lavinia Bonessio.

She went into the ride in fourth place but with three fences down and four time faults Murray started the combined event in 9th place, 51 seconds behind the table leader Clouvel.

Murray said: “It’s been really great for our team, our coaches and our support team to come away with the gold medal; it’s been the best moment of the week for us.

“All my friends and family have come down today and it’s been so nice to compete where we train. It’s been on our calendar for so long so there has been a lot of pressure; it’s been put on a pedestal as the competition of the year and that definitely has its pros and cons.”

Murray has already secured herself an Olympic quota place after finishing 5th at the Modern Pentathlon World Championships in June. She is looking for a solid season next year to take her all the way through to Rio.

“Next year is a season like no other, but I’m looking forward to having a clean slate,” Murray said. “Looking back to the last cycle I came out in Olympic year and I had that little extra something and I was really focused, so that’s what I am hoping for next year.”

Freyja Prentice finished the day’s competition in 13th having already achieved her aim of making it through to the final on her return from injury. Prentice clocked a swim time of 2:24.19 and scored 18 victories in the fencing salle before having two fences down and once time fault in the ride. She went into the final event of the day in 16th place, ten seconds behind team-mate Kate French.

Junior World Champion Francesca Summers finished 29th in a tough day for the 19-year-old. She came 27th in the swim with a time of 2:22.80, before winning ten of her fights in the fence. She had one of the best rides in the competition, having an unfortunate refusal at fence four. Summers started the combined event in 27th place with a 137 second handicap and had a sold run and shoot to cross the line in 29th place.

Reigning Olympic Champions Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania took the individual gold, despite Elodie Clouvel leading the table throughout the day.

Hannah Thompson
Saturday, 22nd Aug 2015 2015-08-22 GB’s Joe Choong sets sights on Rio after qualifying at home European Championships  Joe Choong qualifies for Rio

Consistently strong performances from GB’s Joe Choong saw him finish 7th at the Modern Pentathlon European Championships today; securing that all important qualification standard for Rio 2016.

The 22-year-old had a good start in the pool, finishing with a time of 1:59.20, three seconds behind team mate Jamie Cooke. He had a much improved fence since the qualification competition two days ago, winning 18 of his bouts and finishing 17th in the table following the ranking round. Despite not progressing in the bonus round, Choong was in 6th place ahead of the ride where he had a fantastic round, knocking down just the one fence.

He started the combined event in fourth place, 26 seconds behind leader Ireland’s Arthur Lanigan O’Keefe. Despite dropping to 14th in the third lap, Choong powered on to cross the line in 7th place.  

Choong said: “I was a couple of seconds down on my semi-final swim time but you’re always more tired in the final, so I was still really pleased with that. My fence was one of the best at senior level, especially compared to the semi-final and my ride was amazing. I had a really strong horse and I did make a couple of mistakes.  There were areas where I could have saved time but it didn’t stop me from starting the combined in a good position.

“Getting an Olympic qualification place means everything; it’s everything I have been working towards since I was 12-years-old. My grandparents have said they want to go to Rio and it might be their last trips abroad. I’m just so happy.

“I’ve just got to keep my performances up to this standard now. This is my first time in the top ten, so I need to continue this and try and improve on it so I can medal at Rio, which I absolutely believe I can do.”

Choong has not yet guaranteed his place at next year’s Olympics; if more than two British men reach qualification standard he will go through a selection process next June.

Jamie Cooke and Tom Toolis finished the competition in 10th and 20th place respectively.

It was a perfect start to the day for Cooke as he powered to victory in the pool in a time of 1:56.16, before having a strong fence where he knocked out team mate Toolis from the bonus round in just one second. He went on to go clear in the ride, picking up two time faults, before starting the combined in second place.

Toolis finished his heat in 8th place with a time of 2:04.28, slightly slower than the season’s best he secured in the semi-final. He went into the fencing salle in 11th place where he won 16 victories, placing him in 20th place after two disciplines. Toolis had two fences down in the ride and started the combined event with a handicap of 1:01 minutes.

Lanigan O’Keefe’s 20 second head start in the combined event proved hard to overcome, as the Irishman stormed to victory in front of a huge Irish support.

The championships will conclude tomorrow with the women’s final. 

Hannah Thompson
Friday, 21st Aug 2015 2015-08-21 GB quartet through to European Championships final  Samantha and Frankie go head to head in the combined

GB’s Samantha Murray, Kate French, Freyja Prentice and Francesca Summers have secured qualification to Sunday’s Modern Pentathlon European Championships final.

French, Prentice and Summers will be looking to finish in the top eight in order to secure themselves qualification to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. London 2012 silver medallist Samantha Murray has already ensured her place after qualifying at the World Championships back in June.

For Murray, the competition has been a great opportunity to compete on home turf in front of her friends and family, while keeping herself in the hunt for a medal.

“My family and friends are coming down from the north west so it will be great to have them here supporting.

“The training centre here looks amazing and the staff have made a huge effort. The site looks great with the shooting range and the show jumping arena and it’s been really well organised. It’s a huge honour to compete at this venue.”

Murray started her day off in the fencing salle with recently crowned Junior World Champion Francesca Summers in qualification group A. The former World Champion had a slow start to the day; winning 11 of her fights leaving her 21st in the table. She went on to win the swim with a time of 2:10.19 putting her 9th ahead of the combined event with a handicap of 40 seconds. Murray crossed the finish line in 10th guaranteeing her sport in the final.

“I do this every day but when there is the threat of not making the final there’s always an edge”, she said. “I had an okay day but I often struggle in the semi-final just to find the adrenaline and spark and the passion that I’ll usually feel in the final.

“I’ve struggled in the fence today, but I got just enough hits to get me through. Swimming is always a consistent one for me and I did my usual time of 2:10 for the semi and I held it together in the shoot. The final is going to be a new day where we start from scratch so I’m just going to try to smile and enjoy myself. “

Junior World Champion Francesca Summers was competing in only her fourth senior event. With aspirations to reach the final the 19-year-old is happy with how her day went: “I’ve had a good day. I felt really good in the combined and I fenced well, some were a bit dodgy but overall I’m really happy.

“I’ll be going into the final feeling positive; I feel like there are areas I can improve on from today so that’s always good. I’m just really excited for it now and just want to do the best I can in each of the elements.”

 

 

Summers had a fantastic fence against her senior counterparts, winning 14 bouts and heading into the pool in 12th place. A swim time of 2:22.94 meant she started the final event of the day 54 seconds behind group leader Ieva  Serapinaite and in 12th place. Summers ran the fourth fastest time in the combined event and went on to finish 11th, securing automatic qualification to Sunday’s final.

Kate French finished qualification group B in 5th place after a producing a solid performance in all five disciplines. A great run/shoot (in which she didn’t miss a single shot in the first two rounds) saw her climb from her 10th place starting position.

“The day has gone well, I felt quite comfortable and I’m just really pleased I’m through”, French said. “I had a really good fence and shoot which has given me confidence for Sunday. This year I haven’t been swimming as fast as I have in the past, so I am pleased with my time today, it’s been one of my best this season.

“I’m really looking forward to the final now. A medal would be amazing but the main thing is to finish in the top eight.”

Freyja Prentice, who has made a return to competition after two months out with bone stress, was disappointed with how she ended the day, despite finishing in the top 12 to secure herself qualification.

“My shooting wasn’t good and I’m not confident in my running at the moment; I’m not quite back to peak fitness”, she said. “I know I can usually run myself into a good position, whereas today I ended up having to put a lot of pressure on my shooting.

“I’m pleased to have made the final as that was my aim from the start and I’m glad to be able to say I have done that now. Anything that happens now will just be a bonus for me.”

Prentice had a good start to the day, finishing 18th in the pool and 7th in the fence. This gave her a start position of 10th in the combined event, with a handicap of 72 seconds. Prentice went on to hold onto her position despite strong contention from Italy’s Claudia Cesarini.

The championships continue tomorrow with the men’s final which will see GB’s Jamie Cooke, Tom Toolis and Joe Evans compete for the championship title and Rio qualification.

Hannah Thompson
Thursday, 20th Aug 2015 2015-08-20 Toolis, Cooke and Choong on course for Rio qualification  Jamie Cooke tackles the combined course

GB’s Tom Toolis, Jamie Cooke and Joe Choong continue their hunt for Rio qualification after securing a place in Saturday’s Modern Pentathlon European Championships final. Double Olympian Nick Woodbridge misses out after a disappointing combined event.

All four men had put themselves in good contention for qualification after solid performances in the pool and fencing salle. Jamie Cooke in particular showed an improved performance in the fence to secure himself the best possible chance in the final event of the day.

“I had a great swim which was nice and then backed it up with a good strong fence”, he said. “It’s obviously an area which can be my weakest link so to fence so well has given me confidence for Saturday.

 “I’m feeling good for the final; it’s always nice to be able to jog the last lap of a combined course. Finishing in the top eight would be amazing but I’ll just take it as it comes. I think it will come down to my fencing, if I can put myself in the top eight going into the combined anything can happen.”

Cooke excelled in the pool, topping the table with a time of 1:56.28, before finishing 8th in the fence with 17 victories. He started the combined event in pole position, cruising on to qualify from group B in second place.

Tom Toolis produced consistent performances throughout the day, securing a season’s best in the pool with a time of 2:02.58, and going on to qualify from group A in 6th place.

Toolis said: “Qualifying is that one step closer to getting in the top eight in the final and gaining an Olympic spot, so I’m chuffed to bits. I had a great fence today winning 18 victories, I can’t ask for any more than that. Obviously you can look back and want to improve in certain areas, but I was very happy with my overall performance. My swim was a season’s best and it put me a great position for the combined, and I’m just glad I came in the top 12.

“The support here is great. When you talk about the home advantage and you really build up a fire in your belly, you don’t want to let them down. I definitely improved my performance in the fence and the swim, and it was nice to just cruise the last 800m and still make it into the final.”

Joe Choong managed to pull things back after a slow fence at the beginning of the day. A strong swim (which saw him finish a mere second behind team mate Jamie Cooke) set him up well for the combined event, and despite starting in 14th place with a 40 second handicap, Choong pushed hard in the final two laps to qualify from group B in 10th place.

Choong said: ““I shot pretty well today, I think I missed around five shots overall and that’s what kept me in it. Swimming and running felt really good but I’m disappointed with my fencing, I think it’s the worst senior fence I’ve ever had, but I’ve been fencing really well in training so I know I can improve in the final.”

Woodbridge finished qualification group A in 26th after a poor combined event saw him drop from second place. The 29-year-old had his ups and downs throughout the day, with a disappointing start in the fence where he picked up ten penalty points for hitting the piste following a defeat. He went on to finish the morning with 19 victories before storming to victory in the pool. Despite starting the combined event 11 seconds behind Russia’s Maksim Kustov, Woodbridge had dropped to 16th by the third leg, before coming in 26th and missing out on qualification for the men’s final. 

Hannah Thompson
Wednesday, 19th Aug 2015 2015-08-19 GB just miss out on medals on second day of European Championships  Sam Curry wins another point for GB

It was a tough day for the GB modern pentathlon squad as they finished fourth in both the men’s and women’s relays. Despite a strong start to the day both teams struggled in the ride, leaving it all to do on the combined course.

In the men’s competition Myatt couldn’t help hide his disappointment after sprinting his final leg of the combined course to find himself metres short as Italy took the bronze.

“It’s great to know you can finish the day off strong like that, but it’s frustrating because I started the day off well with a PB in the pool and then had a slightly disappointing fence , three fences down in the ride and didn’t shoot up to my usual standards. Knowing you have so much there to not just come third but even first, it’s gut-wrenching to finish in fourth.”

The men had a great start to their day, with Myatt securing a personal best over a 100m stretch with a time of 57.81 seconds. The pair finished second after being pipped to pole position by one hundredth of a second by Italy, despite a tremendous effort by Curry over the last 10 meters.

They went on to win 16 of their fencing bouts leaving them 5th in the table ahead of the ride where they had five fences down between them. Despite this the duo held onto their 5th place position and started the combined event with a one minute and four second handicap.

Sam Curry was the first to go and had two fantastic shoots before handing over to James Myatt. Myatt struggled with both his shoots but strong running kept GB in 5th place for the majority of the race. On the final lap the current British Champion left nothing in the tank and overtook Russia before sprinting the final 100m to try and secure the team a medal.

Myatt had nothing but praise for the home crowd, saying: “I can’t believe so many people have come out to support us in this rain. It’s been absolutely fantastic and I will definitely be sticking around to support the rest of the team later on in the week.”

Samantha Murray and Mhairi Spence were the team to beat after a successful morning in the women’s relay. They kicked their campaign off in the pool with a first place finish after clocking a time of 2:02.37, nearly four seconds faster than second place Italy.

Onto the fence, where the 15 years of experience at senior level shared by Spence and Murray was apparent, as they finished the ranking round in first place after an incredible display of skill in the fencing salle. The duo even managed to add two extra points to their tally after defeating the Russian team two nil in the bonus round.

Both the women suffered setbacks in the ride; Murray had two refusals at the first fence, while Spence had an unfortunate pole down. GB dropped to fourth in the table ahead of the combined event, starting with a handicap of 16 seconds.

Murray was the first of the two to complete her two 800m stints. After struggling with her first shoot she made up ground with a powerful run leaving her hot on the heels of Lithuanian Emilija Serapinaite. Spence had a smooth shoot to take her ahead of Serapinaite, but lost out to the Lithuanian in the last 200m.

Spence said: "Sometimes this is how it goes in modern pentathlon. It was close right until the end, but I know all the girls who were competing here today are fighters and that’s exactly what they did.

"Obviously disappointed but equally I have really enjoyed the day.”

The championships continue tomorrow with the first of two qualification events. James Cooke, Nick Woodbridge, Tom Toolis and Joe Choong will all be competing for a spot in Saturday’s men’s final. 

Hannah Thompson
Tuesday, 18th Aug 2015 2015-08-18 GB finish fifth on first day of home European Championships  Kate French fences at the European Championships

GB’s Kate French and Joe Evans finish fifth in a tight competition on the first day of the Modern Pentathlon European Championships in Bath.

The duo had a dream start finishing 1st in the pool and securing a two second lead over second place Russia, but a poor fence left a lot of work to do in the final three events.

Kate French said: “It wasn’t the result we wanted but we had a really solid day. We had a great swim which was a nice way to start the competition, but our fencing let us down and we just didn’t have enough to pull back with.

“We worked really well as a team and I really enjoy partnering Joe. It was great competing here on home ground and the home crowd really made it special for us.”

Joe Evans made his first appearance back in GB colours after two months out injured.

“It wasn’t quite what we had hoped for but I was really happy to be out competing again”, he said. “I’m really grateful to our support staff for helping me with my recovery and getting me back so quickly.

“It was great to be competing on our home ground and it made a huge difference. I would like to say thank you to UK Sport and all the organisers and volunteers for making it possible to have the event here. It’s been well run and a memorable competition”

It was a day of ups and downs for the duo. French got the team off to a great start in the pool finishing her 100m stint milliseconds behind Lithuania’s Gintare Venckauskaite, before Evans pulled away in the second leg to stretch out a 2 second lead.

Despite a strong start in the fence, French and Evans were trailing in 7th place ahead of the bonus round where they lost out to the Czech duo of Eliska Pribylova and Ondrej Svechota. The GB pair went into the third event in 5th place.

Home support played its part in a tricky riding course, which saw just one clear round. Both French and Evans had a fence down each and four time faults between them, pushing them up to fourth place ahead of the combined event.

GB started the final race with a handicap of 51 seconds, but a decent run and shoot from French saw them retain their 4th place position until the handover. Evans went on to shoot five from five and pulled away into third place on the third 800m leg. A couple of misfires in his second shoot saw him overtaken by Germany’s Alexander Nobis before Belarussian Ilya Palazkov came back to reclaim third place.

Kate French will return on Friday to compete for qualification to the Women’s Final on Sunday: “I’m feeling really good at the moment and I’m looking forward to the end of the week. I’m just looking to get through Friday’s qualification first and then hoping for a top eight finish on Sunday.”

The championships continue tomorrow with the Men’s and Women’s Relays. Samantha Murray will partner Mhairi Spence while current British Champion James Myatt will be joined by Sam Curry.

Hannah Thompson
Monday, 17th Aug 2015 2015-08-17 Jan Bartu is inducted into the Team Bath Hall of Fame  Jan Bartu is inducted into the Team Bath Hall of Fame

On the eve of the Modern Pentathlon European Championships at the University of Bath, Pentathlon GB’s long-serving National Performance Director Jan Bartu has been inducted into the Team Bath Hall of Fame for Sport.

Bartu established the National Training Centre at the University of Bath in 1998, implementing the Performance Pathway System which has seen modern pentathlon become one of Britain’s most successful Olympic sports.

Under his guidance, medals have been won at each of the last four Games, starting with a historic gold for Stephanie Cook and bronze for Kate Allenby at Sydney 2000.

Georgina Harland also won bronze four years later in Athens and Heather Fell took silver at Beijing 2008.

University of Bath graduate Samantha Murray famously won Team GB’s final medal of London 2012, also a silver, and is one of three pentathletes to be crowned as World Champion during Bartu’s tenure – the others being Cook in 2001 and Mhairi Spence in 2012.

Following his induction into the Team Bath Hall of Fame for Sport by University of Bath Director of Sport Stephen Baddeley, Bartu thanked the athletes and coaches he has worked with during the past 17 years as well as Pentathlon GB funding partners UK Sport and Sport England.

He added: “I would particularly like to thank Pentathlon GB for giving me the opportunity to fulfill this role and our partners at the University of Bath.

“When I first started working here, there was a spark straight away. The Sports Training Village wasn’t here at the time but now, look around – it is a ground-breaking achievement and we are absolutely thrilled to be a part of it.”

Bartu enjoyed a successful modern pentathlon career of his own, winning individual bronze and team silver while representing his native Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic) at the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games.

He also competed at the Moscow Games four years later before becoming Technical Director of Czechoslovakian Pentathlon in 1986.

Bartu held that role for four years before serving as Head Coach with the Mexican national team from 1990 to 1994 and the US Pentathlon Association from 1995 to 1997.

He assumed his current role with Pentathlon GB in April 1998 and is one of the longest serving Performance Directors in British sport.

One of his ambitions was to see a major championships staged at Pentathlon GB’s University of Bath home and that dream will be realised this week.

The 2015 European Championships, taking place at the Sports Training Village from Tuesday until Sunday, will bring together more than 100 of the continent’s top all-round athletes.

The top eight in both the men’s and women’s competitions will secure a qualification spot for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

“I have been working here in Bath since 1998, before the Sports Training Village was built, and it has always been my dream to stage a big event here where we train every day,” said Bartu.

“It is quite magical for me and my coaching team to finally realise this ambition.”

Tickets for the European Championships are on starting at just £6 for adults, while under-18s can attend for £1.

As well as the individual and team competitions, there will be opportunities during breaks in the action to try out some of the individual sports which make up modern pentathlon – fencing, swimming, horse riding and a combined run and shoot event.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit pentathlongb.org/euros2015.

Hannah Thompson
Friday, 14th Aug 2015 2015-08-14 Determination sees Prentice take final place in GB Euros squad  Freyja Prentice

Twenty-five year old Freyja Prentice has been announced as the final member of the GB women’s team for the Modern Pentathlon European Championships next week.

Prentice, who has been struggling to overcome severe bone stress to her tibia, has edged out former World Champion and 2012 Olympian Mhairi Spence to the spot.

“The thought of competing at the Europeans is what has kept me going; I put a lot of pressure on myself to get back in time.

“My expectations for the competition have definitely changed, as I am not as confident in my physical ability as I would normally be. I am going to take it one event at a time and one day at a time with my main goal being to make it through to the final.

“I would usually aim for the top eight or top ten but I don’t know how my body is going to respond to two days of competition. Recovery after the qualification round will be crucial.”

If Prentice does make it to the top eight she will join Samantha Murray in qualifying for Rio 2016.

The GB team will be hoping for a home advantage as that championships are set to be staged at the University of Bath, the home of the squad’s national performance centre.

“This is our first Olympic qualifier and hopefully having our friends and family behind us will give us that extra edge to perform to our best. I am really looking forward to next week and feel very lucky to be getting the opportunity to compete in our home city.” 

Hannah Thompson
Friday, 14th Aug 2015 2015-08-14 National Development Manager Recruitment

Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon which involves five disciplines; fencing, swimming, riding, running and shooting. We are highly successful in winning Olympic medals, including success at London 2012 and in securing funding to support our participation and world class aspirations. We are now looking to achieve ambitious targets by growing participation in the sport and it’s products across the country.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and driven National Development Manager with a genuine flare for development to join the team at Head Office in Bath. You will be a dynamic team player, bringing energy to a busy but rewarding role, driving our ambitions and delivering the whole sport plan by maximising resources and building capacity.

We will consider those looking to step up into a management role or a secondment from their current employment.

The Role

The National Development Manager will manage the National Development Team (NDT) and be a part of the Senior Management Team

The key deliverables of the role are to:

  • Lead the National Development Team (NDT) to deliver Pentathlon GB’s mission and vision.
  • Lead the delivery of participation and English Talent Programme (ETP).
  • Embed participation and ETP activity into the sports infrastructure and ensure its sustainability beyond 2017.
  • Engage with key partner organisations at national level.

 

Knowledge and Experience

We are looking for an individual with experience of developing sport, excellent people skills and ability to deliver on objectives.  This should include the ability to demonstrate experience in majority of the following areas:

  • Able to demonstrate a good understanding of the sporting structures in Great Britain.
  • Previous experience of developing sport and encouraging participation.
  • Able to demonstrate previous experience in managing projects, setting goals and achieving results.
  • Able to form effective relationships and partnerships to enable the delivery of projects.
  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of coordinating and managing teams of people.
  • Proven ability to effectively work as part of a team and if necessary be able to use initiative and lead peers when required.

 

If you are interested in further information including the job description and competency profile please contact the Operations Manager, Ellie Guest eleanor.guest@pentathlongb.org

Location

The role will be based at the Pentathlon GB Head Office at the University of Bath.  There will be a requirement for national travel.

Remuneration Package

The salary will dependent on experience within the range of £34,000 - £36,000.

How to Apply

If you would like to be considered for this role please forward your CV and covering letter to eleanor.guest@pentathlongb.org detailing your reasons for applying and suitability for the role.

Closing Date

Applications must be received by midnight 9 September 2015.

Interviews

Interviews will take place on 18 September 2015.

Eleanor Guest
Sunday, 9th Aug 2015 2015-08-09 Summers and Prise take gold in the Women's Relay

Another fantastic day at the Junior World Championships in Mexico City saw newly crowned Junior World Champion Francesca Summers and team silver medallist Eilidh Prise take gold in the women's relay competition.

The pair started the day with a solid swim, putting them in 8th position out of the 12 teams with a time of 2.13.05.  They took the top spot in the fencing with 27 victories and 17 defeats which put them in equal 3rd position before the ride.  With two knockdowns and eight time penalties giving them 278 points the pair started the combined event in 4th position, 23 seconds behind the leaders Russia.

In another exciting combined event, Prise passed all the three nations in front of her in the first 800m, quick and accurate shooting meant that she was able to hand over a lead of around 10 seconds to Summers.  Summers maintained the lead in all but in the last 150m of running, losing it it to Russia for a moment, but with a final burst in at 30m to go the Russian was unable to respond and it was the GB team that took the title.

Coach Michal Janca who took the Coach of the Day award for the second time said "The team got stronger through the day, after the swim they had a turning point during the fence when they realised they were performing well.  They overcame some difficulties in the ride to have an excellent combined with top quality shooting, around 55 seconds for all four shoots and produced another medal winning performance"

Eilidh Prise said "Thank you to everyone who helped me this year, it's been challenging with a move to the University of Bath starting a degree and joining the team at the National Traning Centre but everything has come together for this championships.  We had a great day today and worked really well together as a team and I'm really excited to see what next season holds for us"

The final day of the championships on Sunday see Tom Lees and Georgia Pipes in action in the mixed relay.

Eleanor Guest
Friday, 7th Aug 2015 2015-08-07 Summers crowned Junior World Champion  Frankie is crowned Junior World Champion in Mexico

GB’s Francesca Summers was last night crowned the new Junior World Champion in a thrilling women’s final in Mexico City.

The top three athletes went head to head right up until the finish line in one of the most exciting combined events ever, as Russian Sofia Serkina put in an outstanding attempt to oust Francesca from pole position on the last 50m of the course. After an agonising 20 minute wait following an appeal, it was Francesca who came out on top to claim the title.

GB’s Eilidh Prise finished the competition in 7th place, with Georgia Pipes in 27th resulting in a team silver to add to Francesca’s individual gold.

This has been a fantastic year for Francesca who secured a silver medal at the Youth Olympic Games last summer. The 19-year-old, who was still competing with the Youth A squad last season, has progressed quickly and has been selected to compete at the Senior European Championships in Bath later this month.

The trio started their campaign off in the pool, where a poor swim left Francesca trailing in 25th place. Georgia had a fantastic swim, clocking a time of 2:18:27 and asecuring second place ahead of the fence. Eilidh also swam well, with a time of 2:23:14.

Onto the fence, where Eilidh and Georgia won a fantastic 18 victories each. It was Francesca who shone, however, winning a whopping 24 bouts and finishing 4th in the table. All three girls had a great ride; Georgia jumped clear and picked up just one time fault, Eilidh has one fence down and Francesca went clear with 11 time faults.

Heading into the combined event the girls had each secured themselves a great foundation on which to build. Georgia started the final event in 5th place with an 18 second handicap, while Francesca was in 9th with a 25 second handicap. Eilidh started the combined event in 13th place, 39 seconds behind leader Uliana Batashova.

Francesca had a great race, giving it her all to move from 9th to 5th and eventually 3rd heading into the last leg. She had an incredible final shoot and was out the range way ahead of her Russian rivals. She was seemingly on for an inevitable win before Serkina sprinted her way up to try and take the lead.

Full results from yesterday’s competition can be found here

Hannah Thompson
Thursday, 6th Aug 2015 2015-08-06 Tough World Championships final for GB’s Lees  Tommy Lees

Tommy Lees finished the men’s individual final at the Junior World Championships in 29th place last night, after a tough day of competition.

Tommy, who has been struggling to perform to his best in the fencing, finished the first event with just six victories. True to form, Tommy put in a good swim time of 2:06:15, pushing him up to 29th place ahead of the ride.

Tommy said: “It was a difficult fence, I stayed calm and enjoyed it but it just wasn’t happening for me. I had a good swim; I tried to save something for the rest of the day though. I found my horse quite difficult in the ride. He was fast but quite awkward to deal with and I just lost control on the last three jumps.”

Tommy had just the three fences down and six time faults during his round on Cantador, finishing with 273 pentathlon points.

He started the combined event in 30th place with a handicap time of two minutes. Despite having problems with his target on the first shoot, Tommy went on to make up one place on the 3200m course.

Tommy has said he is now looking forward to the men’s relay on Friday, in which he will partner Luke Tasker.

The women’s team will be competing in their individual final this evening. 

Hannah Thompson
Wednesday, 5th Aug 2015 2015-08-05 GB trio through to World Championships final  Eilidh, Georgia and Frankie in Mexico

Francesca Summers, Eilidh Prise and Georgia Pipes have all qualified for tomorrow’s women’s individual final at the Junior European Championships.

The trio competed in their qualification competition last night, with Eilidh and Georgia finishing qualification Group A in 5th and 8th place respectively, while Francesca finished qualification Group B in second place. All three girls received automatic qualification to the women’s final.

In qualification Group A both Georgia and Eilidh had a fantastic start to the day with Georgia winning 14 of her bouts leaving her in 7th place and Eilidh winning 11. Into the pool and it was Georgia who was the first of the 26 girls to complete the 200m freestyle swim, in 2:18:46. Eilidh finished her swim in 2:25:66.

The girls went into the combined event in 3rd and 13th place; Georgia starting with a 42 second handicap and Eilidh with 1.20 minute handicap. Eilidh went on to run the 5th fastest time, moving herself up a whopping 8 places to finish the group in 5th place. Georgia ran the 3200m in 14:51:0, finishing eighth in the table and securing her automatic qualification.

Over in Group B, Francesca began her day in style, with 17 wins in the fence. She went on to clock a 2:25:05 time in the pool leaving her in 5th place ahead of the combined event, with a 34 second handicap. Francesca capitalised on this great start, managing to climb three places to finish 3rd in the overall table.

The women’s team will all be back in action tomorrow. This evening will see Tommy Lees compete in the men’s individual final. Follow the results live on Twitter to see if he can be crowned Junior World Champion.  

Hannah Thompson
Wednesday, 5th Aug 2015 2015-08-05 Home advantage for GB’s pentathletes one year to go  Jamie Cooke at the Senior World Championships 2015

Today marks #1yeartogo until the Macarana hosts the 2016 Olympics’ opening ceremony. It is two weeks until the Modern Pentathlon European Championships; a major qualification event for pentathletes on their road to Rio.

With only Samantha Murray qualified so far, the home European Championships will provide the rest of the GB squad with the perfect opportunity to secure their spot at the 2016 Games.

Jamie Cooke is sure the squad’s home advantage will be key in their quest for qualification.

“Competing on home soil is always fun, to have the crowd there backing you the whole way giving you an added advantage. Having friends and family supporting and watching makes competing even more special.

“With this being one of the first chances of qualifying for Rio I'm sure the competition will be fierce; I think we are all looking forward to the challenge.”

For those athletes who missed out on selection for London 2012, qualification for Rio has become even more critical. 

Freyja Prentice said: “I was lucky enough to compete at the home European Championships in Medway in 2011 where I gained the first Olympic quota place for London 2012. That was one of the best days of my life and every part of me wants to experience that feeling again.

“Having this year’s Europeans in Bath, our home city, will make it that much more exciting and hopefully give us that extra boost to bring us out on top.”

Next year Team GB is hoping to buck the trend of host nations suffering a dip in performance following their home games. This is a huge ask, given that Britain won 65 medals at London 2012, as well as 120 Paralympic medals.

Despite a sport-by-sport medal breakdown not being released until next summer, we can be sure that the one sport to go above and beyond expectations is modern pentathlon. Since the introduction of the women’s competition to the Olympic Games in Sydney 2000, the British female pentathletes have taken home five medals in the last four Games.

The question of who will succeed Samantha Murray’s 2012 silver medal remains to be seen, but Britain’s pentathletes will be sure put in a huge performance on home soil in a bid to get their Rio dreams underway.     

Hannah Thompson
Tuesday, 4th Aug 2015 2015-08-04 Tommy Lees through the Junior World Championships final!  Luke and Tommy ahead of their qualification competition

GB’s Tommy Lees is safely through to the men’s individual final at the Junior World Championships after a tough qualification round last night. Luke Tasker was also out fighting for his spot in the final but just missed out qualification after finishing qualification Group B in 20th place.

The boys had a slow start to the day with Tommy winning 11 of his fencing bouts and Luke winning 10, leaving them 22nd and 26th in the table respectively. Things picked up in the swim where Luke finished in joint first place with a time of 2:03:85. Tommy also swam well, finishing 6th with a time of 2:05:75.

Tommy went into the combined event in 17th place with a handicap of 1:08 minutes. He went on to climb three places to 13th and secure his qualification through time. Luke went into the final event in 19th place with a handicap of 1:10 minutes. He dropped the one place to 20th leaving him just outside qualification as 5th reserve.

The men’s final will take place on Wednesday 5th, kicking off at around 9am UK time.

The women’s team of Georgie Pipes, Eilidh Prise and Francesca Summers will be competing in their qualification later on today. Make sure you follow our Twitter feed for up to date results!

 

Hannah Thompson
Monday, 3rd Aug 2015 2015-08-03 GB juniors in hunt for medals in Mexico  GB Juniors in Mexico

The GB junior squad begin their hunt for a World Championship title in Mexico City today.

This week’s action begins with today’s men’s qualification in which both Tommy Lees and Luke Tasker will be competing, followed by the women’s qualification with Francesca Summers, Georgia Pipes and Eilidh Prise tomorrow. The week will finish with the men’s, women’s and mixed relay.

The squad have been finalising their preparations in Mexico for the past week and they have really enjoyed their time there so far.

Georgia Pipes, who came 10th in the mixed relay at the Junior European Championships, said: “I am having a great time training out here in Mexico and I’m really looking forward to competing at my first ever Junior World Championships.”

Eilidh Prise is heading into the competition with plenty of confidence after finishing 5th in the Spanish International Open in June and 12th in the Junior European Championships in May. She said: “I am looking forward to competing as we’ve trained hard for these championships, hopefully everything will come together on the day.”

For Francesca Summers, the Junior World Championships will prove to offer some last minute competition experience ahead of her first ever European Championships in Bath next month: “It’s great to be here in Mexico, the conditions are tough to compete in but we have prepared well and are excited to get the Championships under way.”

Make sure you follow us on Twitter and Facebook to ensure you keep up to date with the results from the competition as they come in. 

Hannah Thompson

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Thursday, 30th Jul 2015 2015-07-30 Pentathlon Ireland are Recruiting a Fencing Coach!

Pentathlon Ireland is looking for an experienced and enthusiastic fencing coach to join our High Performance Team.

This is an exciting opportunity for the right coach to work with our High Performance Athletes in the year leading up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, as well as establishing a successful pathway programme to develop athletes of the future. The full job description is available here.

To apply please send your CV by email to Andy Mackenzie – Performance Director – andy.mackenzie@pentathlon.ie by 28th August 2015.  The most suitable candidates will be invited to an interview in Dublin at the beginning of September 2015 with a view to start working mid-September 2015.  (Dates may be flexible if the right candidate has current contractual commitments).

Charlotte Addis
Tuesday, 28th Jul 2015 2015-07-28 Fencing and CE Laser Competition Training Opportunity

Athletes in the age group U/17 or older (U/19, Jun, Sen) are invited on a first come basis (14 places available) to join in with a Fencing and CE (laser) training day at the Hartpury Modern Pentathlon Academy on Sunday 9th August 2015. You will require full fencing kit but if you need the loan of a laser pistol, one can be provided for you on the day. The format/programme will be arrive at Hartpury College by 0915hrs and start fencing warm up at 0930hrs - fencing poule with (?) hits depending on numbers of athletes. This will be followed after lunch by a CE modified competition using the fencing scores to calculate the CE handicap start times.

Cost: Free of charge

Please email stuart.mason@pentathlongb.org if you would like to attend.

 

 

Stuart Mason
Monday, 27th Jul 2015 2015-07-27 Gold medal in Mixed Relay at Youth B European Championships  Zoe and Oliver take the gold

The Youth B Modern Pentathlon European Championships ended on a high for the GB squad when Zoe Gowers and Oliver Murray took home the gold medal in the Mixed Relay yesterday.

The duo started the combined event with an eight second handicap and in fourth place after a solid swim to start the day. A fantastic display of accurate shooting and strong running saw them overtake three other nations to claim the title.

Pentathlon GB Pathway Manager Stuart Mason said: “It has been a very tough week for GB’s young athletes as we have seen other federations raise the bar, particularly in terms of running ability. However, the team spirit has been high and support yesterday was exceptional for Zoe and Oliver.

“The saying ‘it is never over until it's over’ has never been more apt than on the field of play yesterday and congratulations must go to all that have contributed to the preparation of the Youth B Team"

The week started off with the individual competitions which saw George Budden, Richard Carr, Oliver Murray, Nicholas Laws, Olivia Green, Hannah Featherstone, Kari Dougall and Zoe Gowers in action all in one day.

The girls secured an overall team 5th in the tough competition after Zoe, Kari, Olivia and Hannah came 10th, 17th, 19th and 33rd respectively. The boy’s team finished 6th overall, with Oliver, Nicholas, George and Richard finished 9th, 20th, 21st and 43rd respectively.

It was onto the relays the following day where Olivia and Kari just missed out on a podium finish coming fourth in the girl’s relay, while George and Nicholas finished 8th in the boy’s relay despite heading into the combined event in second place.

Hannah Thompson
Wednesday, 22nd Jul 2015 2015-07-22 Pentathlon GB commissions artist to cover the European Championships  Kate Ward Fencing Sketch

Celebrated equine artist Kate Ward, from Bath, has joined as the official artist for the 2015 Modern Pentathlon European Championships.

Kate has seen great success painting buildings and landscapes amongst other objects, but it’s painting horses where she has really made her name. Her paintings, sought by horse owners and trainers across the country, have traditionally focussed on racing and polo ponies. Her foray into painting not only show jumping, but fencing, swimming, running and shooting will prove a new challenge.

Nigel Laughton, Chief Executive Officer of Pentathlon GB, said: “We are delighted to have Kate on board to capture some of the special moments the championships are sure to produce. The initial sketches we have seen so far are fantastic and we look forward to the final results of our athletes portrayed at what they do best.”

The European Championships will be held at the University of Bath between 18 and 23 August. More than 100 competitors will descend on Bath in a bid to secure qualification to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Tickets can be bought via Ticketline.

Hannah Thompson
Saturday, 18th Jul 2015 2015-07-18 British Biathlete World Beaters in Portugal

The third Biathle World Tour of the year took place under the hot Portuguese sun in Setubal’s Parc Urbano de Albarquel.

GB’s dominance of the World Tour continued with a clean sweep of medals in the first Youth E race courtesy of Freya Gregory, Macey Barrett and Hannah Carter, The Boys race provided GB with a silver medal for Jack Amor.

The youths D races provided more GB success another clean sweep of medals for Abie White, Georgia Tombs and Rebecca Wren. The same dominant performance in the boys’ race with medals for Oliver Smart, Daniel Galloway and Finn Pardy. 

Connie Mounsey secured a fine silver in the Youths C Girls race with George Case and Edward Smart 2nd and 3rd in the largest field of the day, the Youth C Boys race. Alexandra Withey and Stephanie Cummins took gold and silver in the Youth B Girls race and Charlie Cooper took the bronze medal in the Boys B race.

Kate Offord took an emphatic win in the Youths A Girls Race from Georgina Kemp in second place. Natalie Green took second place and a silver medal in the Junior Ladies Race and silver medal.

Rachel Jones won the Senior Ladies race and Gareth Allen was third in the very strong senior men’s race.

Great Britain are usually very strong in the Masters’ races and there were wins for Claire Forbes (Master A) and Margaret Smith (Master C) and silver medal for James Greenwell (Master A).

The Great Britain team of 69 Biathletes competing against a field of over 260 competitors take home a total of 24 medals, 8 gold, 10 silver and 6 bronze – congratulations to them all.

 

Youths E Girls: 1st Freya Gregory 5:08.27, 2nd Macey Barrett 5:10.89. 3rd Hannah Carter 5:12.49, 4th Melissa Cooper 5:22.9, 7th Isla Gregory 5:48.01

Youth E Boys:  2nd Jack Amor 4:59.13, 5th James Carr 5:18.06, 6th Bert Papworth 5:22.07

Youth D Girls: 1st Abbie White 4:36.43, 2nd Georgia Tombs 4:4.14, 3rd Rebecca Wren 4:48.77, 5th Jessica Hudson 5:05.73, 6th Alexandra Palotai-Avella, 8th Annabel Denton 5:07.63, 9th Kai Snell 5:12.87, 10th Georgia Gussey 5:17.10, 11th Charlotte Taylor 5:19.33, 14th Lillyella Amor 5:30.69, 15th Tabitha Samouelle 5:31.17, 16th Elektra Covell 5:35.51

Youth D Boys: 1st Oliver Smart 4:20.54, 2nd Daniel Galloway4:26.28, 3rd Finn Pardy 4:26.78, 4th Charlie Cook 4:39.09, 5th Ajay Coombes 4:31.58, 8th  Wiliam Carr 4:44.48, 9th Josh Dreelan 4:55.44

Youth C Girls: 2nd Connie Mounsey 5:26.75, 5th Amy Northam 5:33.95, 6th Poppy Boyden 5:39.14, 7th Emily Blount 5:41.60, 10th Leontine Forbes 6:01.55

Youth C Boys: 2nd George Case 5:04.36, 3rd Edward Smart 5:11.96, 4th Ben Winterburn 5:17.40, 7th Charlie Madden 5:47.14, 10th Archie Williams 5:54.66

Youth B Girls: 1st Alexandra Withey 9:47.52, 2nd Stephanie Cummins 9:56.06, 4th Elizabeth Tolley 10:17.15, 5th Olivia Manson 10:20.34, 6th Lillyella Harland-Fairweather 10:25.28, 7th Emma Livingstone 10:32.17, 8th Jessica Sutton 10:42.30

Youth B Boys: 3rd Charlie Cooper 9:09.10, 6th Jack White 9:41.51, 9th Jack Turner 9:52.34, 10th Matthew Yates 9:54.87, 12th Charlie Samouelle 10:01.77, 15th Thomas Bawden 10:31.61

Youth A Girls: 1st Kate Offord 14:23.59, 2nd Georgina Kemp 15:07.19, 4th Georgie Lane 16:13.73

Youth A Boys: 5th Jack Ayling 12:40.65, 8th Bradley Sutton 13:01.25, 10th Harrison Yarnold 13:07.65, 12th George Claverley 113:41.40, 13th Ryan Flaherty 14:09.39

Junior Women: 2nd Natalie Green 15:17.91       Junior Men: 5th Chris Harris 14:09.96

Senior Ladies: 1st Rachel Jones 14:15.59             Senior Men: 3rd Gareth Allen 13:25.15

Master A Ladies: 1st Claire Forbes 10:22.24

Master A Men: 2nd James Greenwell 9:00.84, 4th Thomas Manson 9:49.52, 5th Tony Weed 9:53.47, 6th John Tighe 10:28.79

Master C Ladies: 1st Margaret Smith 15:41.10

Howard Jones
Thursday, 16th Jul 2015 2015-07-16 GB Squad announced for European Championships  Modern Pentathlon

Pentathlon GB has announced today the squad that will compete at the European Championships this August in Bath, UK.

London 2012 silver medallist Samantha Murray, Kate French and Youth Olympic Games silver medallist Francesca Summers will make up the women’s team.

It is yet to be decided whether the fourth competitive spot will be filled by Freyja Prentice who is returning to the sport after a period of injury, or 2012 Olympian and former World Champion Mhairi Spence.

The men’s team will feature multiple World Cup winner and World Record holder Jamie Cooke and double Olympian Nick Woodbridge, along with Joseph Choong and Tom Toolis.

The GB squad had a disappointing World Championships and will be looking to make amends on home soil next month.

The event, which will take place on the 18th – 23rd August at the University of Bath’s Sports Training Village, will be a key competition for the GB pentathletes aiming to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, where only two athletes per gender per nation are able to compete.

Pentathlon GB Performance Director, Jan Bartu, said: “Everyone has pushed incredibly hard this year, especially with the Europeans in mind as not only are the championship titles up for grabs but this will also be one of the best opportunities for the team to try and achieve the Olympic qualifying standard.

“Bath is the home of the GB team so they will be competing on home soil. This is only the second time the events been held in the UK, so this is a rare opportunity for the pentathletes to by cheered on by so many British supporters.”

Supporters can see over 100 athletes from more than 20 European countries competing in the five disciplines of fencing, swimming, show jumping, shooting and running, all in one day, in a challenge of skill and endurance.

Spectators have the opportunity to watch the fast-paced team relays throughout the week before the individual finals at the weekend. The venue will include a bespoke spectator’s village offering family entertainment and hospitality, with a bird’s eye view of the main sporting arena. Visitors will also have the opportunity to try their hands at some of the challenging disciplines.

Tickets are priced from just £6 with under 18s welcomed for £1 each and can be bought from www.pentathlongb.org/euros2015. For more information check out @Euros2015 or www.facebook.com/MPEC2015

The Modern Pentathlon European Championships forms part of the UK Sport’s £27 million National Lottery funded #EveryRoadtoRio campaign, designed to help athletes qualify and prepare for Rio 2016. 

Hannah Thompson
Tuesday, 14th Jul 2015 2015-07-14 GB team finish the Youth A European Championships with their third medal  Kerenza and Myles celebrate their bronze medals

Today saw the concluding events at the Youth A European Championships in Prague, with Kerenza Bryson and Myles Pillage securing a bronze medal in the mixed relay. This brings the squad’s medal total to three after the women’s team took home silvers in the individual and team relay events.

Kerenza and Myles started off their day in great form, finishing 4th in the swim with a time of 1.57.98 before winning 21 of their 36 bouts in the fence. This put them in pole position for the combined event and contention for a medal. The handicap score between 1st and 3rd place was just three seconds and it was a big ask for them to hold onto their medal position. Despite this, Kerenza and Myles put in a fantastic performance to claim the bronze medal.  

Pentathlon GB Pathway Manager Stuart Mason said: “The mixed relay team of Kerenza and Myles provided the most exciting race of the championships, with most federations fielding their top two athletes. For us it was purely tactical and a huge gamble, but it paid off and it was a nice way to end a week of highs and lows. We had some great success out here accompanied by some disappointment, but we move on stronger and in good shape for the remainder of the season.”

Josh Miller and William Eccleston also competed today, in the men’s relay. After a great day of fencing, swimming, running and shooting to duo secured a second 5th for the team.

They kicked of their day in a perfect fashion, topping the fencing table with 24 victories before claiming a 6th place swim with a time of 1.55.29. They went into the combined event in a solid second place but with a handicap of 21 seconds. It was so tight between the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th placed teams the coveted podium places could have gone to anyone. Josh and William finished their race in style with another 5th place finish for Britain.

Mason said: “The boys came of age today and fought with real commitment, the opposition was strong and the final placing doesn’t reflect the effort they both put in. It was a positive experience however and both boys will be stronger for it.”

 

Hannah Thompson
Tuesday, 14th Jul 2015 2015-07-14 GB team finish the Youth A European Championships with their third medal  Kerenza and Myles celebrate their bronze medlas

Today saw the concluding events at the Youth A European Championships in Prague, with Kerenza Bryson and Myles Pillage securing a bronze medal in the mixed relay. This brings the squad’s medal total to three after the women’s team took home silvers in the individual and team relay events.

Kerenza and Myles started off their day in great form, finishing 4th in the swim with a time of 1.57.98 before winning 21 of their 36 bouts in the fence. This put them in pole position for the combined event and contention for a medal. The handicap score between 1st and 3rd place was just three seconds and it was a big ask for them to hold onto their medal position. Despite this, Kerenza and Myles put in a fantastic performance to claim the bronze medal.  

Pentathlon GB Pathway Manager Stuart Mason said: “The mixed relay team of Kerenza and Myles provided the most exciting race of the championships, with most federations fielding their top two athletes. For us it was purely tactical and a huge gamble, but it paid off and it was a nice way to end a week of highs and lows. We had some great success out here accompanied by some disappointment, but we move on stronger and in good shape for the remainder of the season.”

Josh Miller and William Eccleston also competed today, in the men’s relay. After a great day of fencing, swimming, running and shooting to duo secured a second 5th for the team.

They kicked of their day in a perfect fashion, topping the fencing table with 24 victories before claiming a 6th place swim with a time of 1.55.29. They went into the combined event in a solid second place but with a handicap of 21 seconds. It was so tight between the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th placed teams the coveted podium places could have gone to anyone. Josh and William finished their race in style with another 5th place finish for Britain.

Mason said: “The boys came of age today and fought with real commitment, the opposition was strong and the final placing doesn’t reflect the effort they both put in. It was a positive experience however and both boys will be stronger for it.”

 

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Monday, 13th Jul 2015 2015-07-13 Summers sisters pick up second silver at Youth A Euros  Georgina and Charlotte celebrate their silver medals

Georgina and Charlotte Summers competed in the Women’s Relay at the Modern Pentathlon Youth A European Championships today, securing their second silver of the competition.

Georgina and Charlotte, along with teammate Kerenza Bryson, also took home the team silver at the Women’s Individual Final on Saturday.

The Team Relay is a historically tough event and today was no exception, with Georgina and Charlotte meeting tough opposition from the first round of the fence this morning. The sisters set themselves up well for the day by securing a joint first ahead of the swim with 25 victories.

A fantastic swim saw the duo finish fourth in the table, leaving them in second place with a handicap of just three seconds heading into the final event of the day, and in good contention for a medal. Elder sister Georgina was first to go and managed to increase the team’s lead before handing over to Charlotte who put in a strong running and shooting performance to hold their silver position.

Pathway Manager Stuart Mason said: “Selecting the team from four very good young athletes was not easy but Georgina and Charlotte’s mix of experience and future potential fit the brief perfectly.

“Georgina is in her final year as a Youth A athlete and will be turning Junior at the end of the season, while Charlotte, a current Youth B athlete, will have two fantastic years ahead of her at Youth A. Both girls performed well above what was expected of them for the second time this week and can be very proud of their achievements.”

Tomorrow is the final day of the championships which will see Kerenza Bryson and Myles Pillage compete in the Mixed Relay, while Josh Miller and William Eccleston compete in the Men’s Relay. 

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Monday, 13th Jul 2015 2015-07-13 proto-col offer support for Modern Pentathlon European Championships  Samantha Murray

Bradford-on-Avon based health and beauty brand proto-col will be providing world class athletes with world class hospitality at the home Olympic qualifier later this summer. All competitors will be treated to goody bags full of proto-col’s products designed to aid health and nutrition, while Pentathlon GB officials and volunteers will be wearing event polo shirts supplied by the brand. 

This really is the cherry on top of the cake for Pentathlon GB, following an outpouring of support for the sport in recent weeks. 

Nigel Laughton, Pentathlon GB Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are delighted to have proto-col on board for the Modern Pentathlon European Championships (18-23 August). This has been a fantastic few months for us, with local and national organisations signing up to support the success of our British athletes”.

The European Championships is the perfect place for proto-col to share their products, with some of the world’s top athletes congregating at the home of Modern Pentathlon in Britain, the University of Bath’s world class Sports Training Village.

James Greenwell, proto-col’s Managing Director and Founder and an ex-pentathlete, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to strengthen our ties with the international modern pentathlon community and show our support for a massive sporting event taking place where the proto-col brand was born. The Modern Pentathlon European Championships will put the spotlight on the brand and our ‘informed sport tested’ products which are now used across the world by aspiring and elite athletes alike”. 

proto-col is a keen supporter of multi-sport and already champions Pentathlon GB’s Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray as one of their team proto-col athletes and is a sponsor of the National Biathle team  in which James now competes.  

 

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Sunday, 12th Jul 2015 2015-07-12 GB Youth A men’s team come 5th at European Championships

The Youth A men’s team placed 5th in a tough final at the Youth A European Championships today. Myles Pillage, William Eccleston, Josh Miller and Henry Choong battled it out in scorching conditions in Prague where they finished 13th, 25th, 32nd and 34th respectively.

Myles Pillage had a relatively slow start to the day, winning just 12 of his 35 bouts in the fence before storming to the top of the swimming table with a time of 1.54.90. He went into the combined event in 20th place with a handicap of 59 seconds and put in a fantastic run/shoot to move his way up to 13th.

Eccleston started off the day well with 18 victories in the fence leaving him in 16th place ahead of the swim. His 20th place swim put him in 19th ahead of the final event. Eccleston completed the run/shoot course in 13.07.83 leaving him 25th in the final table.

Miller won 17 of his fencing bouts, giving him a solid score to work from. He put in a swim time of 2.11.79 before finishing the combined event in 32ns after a handicap time of 1.20 proved hard to come back from.

Choong began his final campaign with 14 victories in the fence before pushing up his points score with a 5th place swim. He had a frustrating run/shoot however, and despite starting the final event in 17th he finished the competition in 34th.

Pathway Manager Stuart Mason, said: “The boys have battled it out all day in very hot conditions, and although the fence didn’t quite go to plan we knew that with our strong swim we would climb the results sheet and be competitive in the combined event.

“Having been in similar situations previously we knew that the extreme sunshine could cause havoc with the laser equipment and determine our final results. So was the case, and almost every competitor had a problem when on the range and shots not registering. It was a very disappointing end to the individual competition for the boys.”

Tomorrow marks the start of the relay competitions which will see Georgina Summers and Charlotte Summers competing in the Women’s Relay.


 

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Saturday, 11th Jul 2015 2015-07-11 Silver for Youth A women’s team in Prague  Youth A Team Silver

The Youth A women’s team secured the silver medal in today’s women’s final of the Youth A European Championships.

Kerenza Bryson, Georgina Summers, Charlotte Summers and Olivia Green battled it out in a tough competition final after successfully qualifying earlier this week, coming 5th, 8th, 21st and 30th respectively. The top three results were combined to give the team total, with Great Britain scoring 3001 pentathlon points placing just behind gold medal winners Russia.

This result is another in a string of successes for the girls. Last month Bryson was crowned British U19 Champion at the British Modern Pentathlon Championships, with Georgina Summers in second and Charlotte Summers in third and back in March the girls picked up 1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th place medals in the Youth A and B International.

Performance Director Jan Bartu said: “I am pleased to see such commitment from the girls who fought hard all day to achieve their silver team medal.”

Bryson had a fantastic start to her day topping the table after the fence, before coming 32nd in the swim. She went into the combined event in 5th and held onto her position until the finish line.

Georgina Summers also had a fantastic fence with 22 victories which left her 6th in the table. After a 28th place swim Summers went into the final event in 11th place and climbed her way to an overall 8th.

Charlotte Summers placed one higher than her sister after the fence before putting in a swim time of 2.21.34. She went into the combined event in 6th, completing the gruelling course in 14.12.87.

Olivia Green had a slower start to the day, placing 35th in the fence before clocking an excellent swim time of 2.17.56. She went into the combined in 35th, before climbing 5 places to finish 30th.

Pathway Manager Stuart Mason said: “As this is the first time the U19 age group has had to complete a qualification round before their final made today’s performance an even more creditable one and the girls deserved their moment today.

“Congratulations must as well go to all the home coaches who have done a wonderful job at each of their clubs.” 

Tomorrow Henry Choong, Myles Pillage Josh Miller and William Eccleston will compete in the men’s final after all successfully qualifying on Friday.

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Thursday, 9th Jul 2015 2015-07-09 GB Youth A team set for tough competition in Prague  Kerenza, Georgina and Charlotte

The Youth A European Championships kick off in Prague today where the GB team will be hoping to find success as they compete against the top youth athletes in Europe.

Today marks the start of the women’s competition, where Kerenza Bryson, Georgina Summers, Olivia Green and Charlotte Summers will be looking to qualify for Saturday’s final. The girls have enjoyed plenty of success recently, with Kerenza Bryson, Georgina Summers and Charlotte Summers placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively at this year’s British Modern Pentathlon Championships.

Tomorrow will see the men’s team compete for a spot in their final, which takes place on Sunday  12 July. Josh Miller, Henry Choong, Miles Pillage and William Eccleston will be looking to maintain their excellent form from the Youth A International Championships earlier this year, where they placed, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 6th respectively. Eccleston, Mille and Pillage also competed in the British Modern Pentathlon Championships where they secured 2nd, 8th and 9th place.

Full schedule of events:

Thursday 9 July – Women’s Qualification

Friday 10 July – Men’s Qualification

Saturday 11 July – Women’s Individual Final

Sunday 12 July – Men’s Individual Final

Monday 13 July – Women’s Relay

Tuesday 14 July – Mixed Relay and Men’s Relay

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Sunday, 5th Jul 2015 2015-07-05 Performance Director Bartu has “mixed feelings” on GB’s World Championships

Following the conclusion of the Modern Pentathlon World Championships today, in which Tom Toolis and Kate French finished 13th in the Mixed Relay, Great Britain’s Performance Director Jan Bartu spoke of his mixed feelings towards the team’s performance.

Toolis and French were given a second opportunity to compete against the best pentathletes in the world, after failing to qualify for their individual finals earlier in the week.  They got their campaign off to a good start, clocking a combined time of 2.01.68 leaving them mid-table heading into the fence. They won 17 of their 38 bouts during the ranking round before winning a record 6 bouts in the bonus round, the most won by any mixed team at a World Championships to date.

Despite having a solid ride with just two fences down and a seven time faults between them, Toolis and French found themselves in 12th place due to the high calibre of riding on show. The duo went into the combined event with a 56 second handicap, with all the work left to do.

Bartu highlighted that it was clear French was still suffering from a stomach bug that had hampered her performances all week.

“It was clear Kate was not 100% physically today, and it was visible in her swimming and running which weren’t as fast as we are used to seeing. Overall, they had a reasonable day today and on the whole this was the kind of result we expected.

“From an experience perspective the Mixed Relay was extremely beneficial for both Tom and Kate, and that is exactly what we wanted for them today.”

Reflecting on the team’s World Championships as a whole, Bartu said he had “mixed feelings” towards the team’s results and that improvements would be needed ahead of the Modern Pentathlon European Championships, held at the National Training Centre at the University of Bath in August.

“We can see the potential in their ability to improve in their performances and I was extremely happy with Samantha Murray’s 5th place in the women’s final. However, there is a long way to go over the next five to six weeks before the European Championships in order to get things right.

“We will continue with the training plan we have in place and won’t be doing any major changes. We might make some small adjustments to individual athlete’s programmes to ensure we are focusing on the areas they need to improve the most.”

The athletes will now have a short break before heading to a second altitude training camp in Font Romeu at the end of the month. 

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Saturday, 4th Jul 2015 2015-07-04 Murray fights her way back to a fifth place finish in World Championships  Samantha Murray

Great Britain’s Samantha Murray fought right to the very end in the scorching 38 degree heat during today’s women’s final of the Modern Pentathlon World Championships.

Murray had a fantastic start to the day after clocking a joint first place swim, but the fencing was all too reminiscent of yesterday’s frustrations as Murray won just 12 of her 35 bouts, leaving her 18th in the table ahead of the third event.

Murray’s riding talent shone however, as she secured a clear round in what was a tricky course, picking up just two time faults in the tight time allowed. Every point proved valuable, as she went into the combined event in 11th place, with a 65 second handicap.

Medal contention seemed a long way off with Germany’s Lena Schoneborn securing herself a 9 second advantage after winning a record breaking 30 of her 35 fencing bouts earlier in the day. But Murray showed the crowd just why she is a world class pentathlete. With her precise shooting and powerful running Murray scored the third fasted combined time and climbed her way up the rankings to secure a top five finish.

Performance Director Jan Bartu was extremely pleased with how the Olympic silver medallist managed to turn her day around.

“The second half of the day was just perfect, she rode perfectly and she had an exceptionally good combined event, even by her standards. Her fencing was way below par and she couldn’t really break into the competition; you have to be up there in the fencing to be in with a chance of a medal.

“It was a really long day for the girls in the hottest day of the week, and it was almost impossible to rehydrate properly due to the demands of the schedule.

“For Sam, this will have been extremely good for her confidence ahead of the European Championships in Bath later this summer. She came 5th after a very poor fence, so you can see that if she is in good form in August, she will be up there contending for a medal.”

Tomorrow is Britain’s final shot at a World Championship medal, with Kate French and Tom Toolis selected to compete in the Mixed Relay. French has a record of performing well in the mixed relay, securing the silver medal with GB’s Joe Evans at last year’s World Championships. It will be a second chance for both athletes who failed to qualify for their individual finals earlier this week, and an opportunity to gain some valuable competition experience against the world’s most talented pentathletes ahead of the home European Championships.   

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Friday, 3rd Jul 2015 2015-07-03 Tough World Championship final for GB men ends in disappointment  Nick Woodbridge

It wasn’t to be for Great Britain at the Modern Pentathlon World Championships, after a tough fencing round proved hard to recover from.

Jamie Cooke, Olympian Nick Woodbridge and Joe Choong all competed in the hard fought contest in Berlin today, and despite their best efforts GB’s men finished 22nd, 27th and 28th respectively.  

The hunt for a medal began in a promising fashion, with each athlete putting a typically good performance in in the swim. Cooke went into the fence in second place after securing a swim time of 1.57.86, with Choong in 6th and Woodbridge in 11th in what was an extremely tight race.

Cooke then found himself in 22nd after losing 24 of his 35 bouts in a morning where nothing seemed to go his way. Woodbridge, who had performed admirably in his qualification fencing round earlier in the week, had a similarly bad day in the office, finding himself in 28th after the first two disciplines, with Choong in 29th. All three picked up during the bonus round, with Joe Choong winning five bouts in a row, but damage was already done.

After the men were assigned their unfamiliar horses, Cooke entered the arena to secure himself 279 pentathlon points. Despite having one refusal at his second fence Choong went onto to have a good ride. Woodbridge had one gutting final fence down during a fantastic ride on a fiery horse to secure himself 282 points.

Despite their best efforts they had left themselves a mountain to climb in the final event with Woodbridge starting with a 1.02 minute handicap and Cooke and Choong starting with a 1.21 minute handicap. Cooke climbed from 26th to finish 22nd but the task proved too great.

Current World Champion Samantha Murray will look to defend her title in tomorrow’s women’s final after topping her qualification group in yesterday’s semi-final.

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Thursday, 2nd Jul 2015 2015-07-02 World Champion Murray on track to defend title  Samantha Murray at the 2015 World Championships

Olympian Samantha Murray is safely through to the Women’s Individual Final of the Modern Pentathlon World Championships after a tough qualifying competition today.

Twenty-five-year-old Murray got her qualification campaign off to a flying start, with a second place finish in the swim and a time of 2.10.26. She went on to gain valuable points in the fence, winning 18 of her 26 bouts which put her in pole position at the start of the combined event. A solid run/shoot saw her cross the line in first place and secure her automatic qualification in Saturday’s final.

Performance Director Jan Bartu said: “Samantha went very well today, she had a good swim and good fence as always and her running and shooting was up there with the best.

“If she recovers well over the next 48 hours and is in the right frame of mind on Saturday, she is definitely a contender for the title. There is still room for improvement but I have belief she is fully capable to do the job.”

It was heartbreak for Kate French, however, who finished one place outside of qualification. French put in a good performance throughout the day and went into the combined event in 5th place.  Bartu said that despite being “absolutely perfect” up until the final event, her shooting was not there and she couldn’t recover.

Former Wold Champion Mhairi Spence also lost valuable ground in the combined event, spending 30 seconds at the third shoot after which she could not catch up. Spence had shown fantastic skill through the day, placing third in the fence and going into the final event once place behind team mate Murray.

World Championships debutante Francesca Summers put in good performances in the swim and shoot, but went into the final event with a difficult handicap of 1.06 minutes, finishing qualification Group B in 18th.

Tomorrow Nick Woodbridge, Joe Choong and Jamie Cooke compete in the Men’s Individual Final before Murray returns on Saturday.

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Wednesday, 1st Jul 2015 2015-07-01 Woodbridge, Choong and Cooke through to World Championship final  Nick Woodbridge

Double Olympian Woodbridge stormed into the Men’s Individual Final at the 2015 Modern Pentathlon World Championships today, after a series of impressive results. He will be joined by Jamie Cooke and Joe Choong in Friday’s competition.

Woodbridge, who turned 29 today, was gifted the ultimate birthday present after securing automatic qualification from Group B. A strong start to the day in the fence set the tone, after winning 21 out of 29 of his bouts Woodbridge was sitting in third place. He went on to secure a swim time of 2.01.0, leaving him second in the table with a handicap of three seconds at the start of the combined event.  Woodbridge finished in 5th place overall, securing the chance to better his 2013 silver medal and compete for the title.

Woodbridge said: “I had a good start in the fence and from there my day was always going to be more comfortable. My swim time was slightly slow for me and I am hoping to take a couple more seconds off that in the final. I had a bit of a sketchy first shoot but I only missed one shot in the remaining three targets, which meant that qualification was in the bag.

“I don’t want to put any pressure on myself for the final but I hope to gain some confidence after a difficult 18 months and secure some good Olympic qualifying points.”

Twenty-year-old Joe Choong had a fantastic come back from injury after securing a place in the final for a second year in a row. Choong had a slow start to the day, sitting in 21st after the fence. He topped the table in the swim however, with a time of 1.59.09 pushing him up to 13th ahead of the combined event. An extraordinary display of athleticism and precision saw Choong climb his way up the table to finish Group B in 9th, one place outside automatic qualification.

Jamie Cooke had a strong start to the day after winning 17 of his fencing bouts and coming second in the swim. Cooke experienced some technical difficulties in the shooting range; however it was something that appeared to affect all nations. Despite this, Cooke finished Group C in 12th securing his place in the final with 1131 pentathlon points.  

Performance Director Jan Bartu, said: “To get three of our athletes through is a very good results for us. The intention is always to get all four through, however considering the standard of the competition we are very happy.

“Today was extremely testing and all of the boys had to dig deep at some point. They all demonstrated an improved standard today. Here in Berlin there is no hiding as it is the highest standard from all athletes; the competition has offered good preparation for the European Championships in August. The final is wide open and I am looking forward to seeing how they will handle the pressure.”

World Championship debutant Tom Toolis finished Group A in 17th, just missing out on a place in the final. Bartu said: “Tom is understandably disappointed. The breaking point for him was in the fencing, which affected his overall score. “

Looking ahead to Friday’s final, the team will undergo rest and targeted rehabilitation to ensure they recover over the next 48 hours. Tomorrow is the turn of the women’s team where current World Champion Samantha Murray, Mhairi Spence, Kate French and Francesca Summers will compete for a place in the Women’s Individual Final on Saturday. 

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Wednesday, 1st Jul 2015 2015-07-01 Leading sports psychiatrists to address delegates at world coach’s conference  World Coaches Conference

Modern pentathlon coaches will hear from the man who counselled Sir Chris Hoy to three gold medals in Bejing at the annual World Modern Pentathlon Coaches Conference.

This year’s theme, Rio 2016 and Beyond, will provide thought provoking and insightful content designed to stimulate discussion and reflection.

Dr Steven Peters, who has worked with numerous sports stars including footballer Steven Gerrard, Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton and five-time world Champion snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan, will be speaking to delegates about how to best manage the part of the brain that controls emotions and gut instincts.  

He will be joined by Yogi Breisner, the man who has led the British Eventing team to medals at the Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London Olympic Games. The event will once again offer coaches a fantastic opportunity to gain a further understanding into the development of their athletes.

Registration for the conference closes on July 20, and with places filling up fast delegates are encouraged to apply for a place as soon as possible.

 

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Posted on Sunday, 23rd Aug 2015 by Hannah Thompson

 Sam, Kate and Freyja with their gold medals

Kate French finished 8th in the women’s final of the Modern Pentathlon European Championships today, securing her quota place for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The British trio of Samantha Murray, Kate French and Freyja Prentice also took home the team gold.

French finished third in her swimming heat with a time 2:19.29 and won 17 of her fencing bouts, before having one unfortunate fence down in the ride. She was mid-table throughout the day and started the combined event in 15th place, with a 71 second handicap and a lot left to do. Despite this, accurate shooting and strong running meant she overtook seven of her competitors to guarantee her availability for Rio selection.

“It’s amazing”, French said. “I never thought I would be able to do it. I always had a goal in mind but I was average all day so I really had to pull it out for the combined to be able to get myself up there. Going into the last few laps I knew I was in a good position and I just had to stay calm, but I felt like I kept my cool today so I’m very happy. Rio is still a long way off so I will just have to stay strong next year and keep up my good performances.

“The crowd have helped so much today especially as my legs were hurting so much in the last 200 metres. I’m really grateful for them coming out to support.”

Samantha Murray finished in 10th place after a series of consistent performances in all 5 disciplines. The London 2012 Olympic silver medallist had a great start in the pool, finishing less than one hundredth of a second behind France’s Elodie Clouvel with a time of 2:09.50, before winning 17 victories in the fence. Murray managed to add two extra points to her tally in the bonus round after fending off challenges from Russia’s Donata Rimsaite and Italy’s Lavinia Bonessio.

She went into the ride in fourth place but with three fences down and four time faults Murray started the combined event in 9th place, 51 seconds behind the table leader Clouvel.

Murray said: “It’s been really great for our team, our coaches and our support team to come away with the gold medal; it’s been the best moment of the week for us.

“All my friends and family have come down today and it’s been so nice to compete where we train. It’s been on our calendar for so long so there has been a lot of pressure; it’s been put on a pedestal as the competition of the year and that definitely has its pros and cons.”

Murray has already secured herself an Olympic quota place after finishing 5th at the Modern Pentathlon World Championships in June. She is looking for a solid season next year to take her all the way through to Rio.

“Next year is a season like no other, but I’m looking forward to having a clean slate,” Murray said. “Looking back to the last cycle I came out in Olympic year and I had that little extra something and I was really focused, so that’s what I am hoping for next year.”

Freyja Prentice finished the day’s competition in 13th having already achieved her aim of making it through to the final on her return from injury. Prentice clocked a swim time of 2:24.19 and scored 18 victories in the fencing salle before having two fences down and once time fault in the ride. She went into the final event of the day in 16th place, ten seconds behind team-mate Kate French.

Junior World Champion Francesca Summers finished 29th in a tough day for the 19-year-old. She came 27th in the swim with a time of 2:22.80, before winning ten of her fights in the fence. She had one of the best rides in the competition, having an unfortunate refusal at fence four. Summers started the combined event in 27th place with a 137 second handicap and had a sold run and shoot to cross the line in 29th place.

Reigning Olympic Champions Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania took the individual gold, despite Elodie Clouvel leading the table throughout the day.


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Sunday, 23rd Aug 2015 2015-08-23 French secures Rio spot as GB girls win gold  Sam, Kate and Freyja with their gold medals

Kate French finished 8th in the women’s final of the Modern Pentathlon European Championships today, securing her quota place for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The British trio of Samantha Murray, Kate French and Freyja Prentice also took home the team gold.

French finished third in her swimming heat with a time 2:19.29 and won 17 of her fencing bouts, before having one unfortunate fence down in the ride. She was mid-table throughout the day and started the combined event in 15th place, with a 71 second handicap and a lot left to do. Despite this, accurate shooting and strong running meant she overtook seven of her competitors to guarantee her availability for Rio selection.

“It’s amazing”, French said. “I never thought I would be able to do it. I always had a goal in mind but I was average all day so I really had to pull it out for the combined to be able to get myself up there. Going into the last few laps I knew I was in a good position and I just had to stay calm, but I felt like I kept my cool today so I’m very happy. Rio is still a long way off so I will just have to stay strong next year and keep up my good performances.

“The crowd have helped so much today especially as my legs were hurting so much in the last 200 metres. I’m really grateful for them coming out to support.”

Samantha Murray finished in 10th place after a series of consistent performances in all 5 disciplines. The London 2012 Olympic silver medallist had a great start in the pool, finishing less than one hundredth of a second behind France’s Elodie Clouvel with a time of 2:09.50, before winning 17 victories in the fence. Murray managed to add two extra points to her tally in the bonus round after fending off challenges from Russia’s Donata Rimsaite and Italy’s Lavinia Bonessio.

She went into the ride in fourth place but with three fences down and four time faults Murray started the combined event in 9th place, 51 seconds behind the table leader Clouvel.

Murray said: “It’s been really great for our team, our coaches and our support team to come away with the gold medal; it’s been the best moment of the week for us.

“All my friends and family have come down today and it’s been so nice to compete where we train. It’s been on our calendar for so long so there has been a lot of pressure; it’s been put on a pedestal as the competition of the year and that definitely has its pros and cons.”

Murray has already secured herself an Olympic quota place after finishing 5th at the Modern Pentathlon World Championships in June. She is looking for a solid season next year to take her all the way through to Rio.

“Next year is a season like no other, but I’m looking forward to having a clean slate,” Murray said. “Looking back to the last cycle I came out in Olympic year and I had that little extra something and I was really focused, so that’s what I am hoping for next year.”

Freyja Prentice finished the day’s competition in 13th having already achieved her aim of making it through to the final on her return from injury. Prentice clocked a swim time of 2:24.19 and scored 18 victories in the fencing salle before having two fences down and once time fault in the ride. She went into the final event of the day in 16th place, ten seconds behind team-mate Kate French.

Junior World Champion Francesca Summers finished 29th in a tough day for the 19-year-old. She came 27th in the swim with a time of 2:22.80, before winning ten of her fights in the fence. She had one of the best rides in the competition, having an unfortunate refusal at fence four. Summers started the combined event in 27th place with a 137 second handicap and had a sold run and shoot to cross the line in 29th place.

Reigning Olympic Champions Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania took the individual gold, despite Elodie Clouvel leading the table throughout the day.

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Monday, 17th Aug 2015 2015-08-17 Jan Bartu is inducted into the Team Bath Hall of Fame  Jan Bartu is inducted into the Team Bath Hall of Fame

On the eve of the Modern Pentathlon European Championships at the University of Bath, Pentathlon GB’s long-serving National Performance Director Jan Bartu has been inducted into the Team Bath Hall of Fame for Sport.

Bartu established the National Training Centre at the University of Bath in 1998, implementing the Performance Pathway System which has seen modern pentathlon become one of Britain’s most successful Olympic sports.

Under his guidance, medals have been won at each of the last four Games, starting with a historic gold for Stephanie Cook and bronze for Kate Allenby at Sydney 2000.

Georgina Harland also won bronze four years later in Athens and Heather Fell took silver at Beijing 2008.

University of Bath graduate Samantha Murray famously won Team GB’s final medal of London 2012, also a silver, and is one of three pentathletes to be crowned as World Champion during Bartu’s tenure – the others being Cook in 2001 and Mhairi Spence in 2012.

Following his induction into the Team Bath Hall of Fame for Sport by University of Bath Director of Sport Stephen Baddeley, Bartu thanked the athletes and coaches he has worked with during the past 17 years as well as Pentathlon GB funding partners UK Sport and Sport England.

He added: “I would particularly like to thank Pentathlon GB for giving me the opportunity to fulfill this role and our partners at the University of Bath.

“When I first started working here, there was a spark straight away. The Sports Training Village wasn’t here at the time but now, look around – it is a ground-breaking achievement and we are absolutely thrilled to be a part of it.”

Bartu enjoyed a successful modern pentathlon career of his own, winning individual bronze and team silver while representing his native Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic) at the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games.

He also competed at the Moscow Games four years later before becoming Technical Director of Czechoslovakian Pentathlon in 1986.

Bartu held that role for four years before serving as Head Coach with the Mexican national team from 1990 to 1994 and the US Pentathlon Association from 1995 to 1997.

He assumed his current role with Pentathlon GB in April 1998 and is one of the longest serving Performance Directors in British sport.

One of his ambitions was to see a major championships staged at Pentathlon GB’s University of Bath home and that dream will be realised this week.

The 2015 European Championships, taking place at the Sports Training Village from Tuesday until Sunday, will bring together more than 100 of the continent’s top all-round athletes.

The top eight in both the men’s and women’s competitions will secure a qualification spot for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

“I have been working here in Bath since 1998, before the Sports Training Village was built, and it has always been my dream to stage a big event here where we train every day,” said Bartu.

“It is quite magical for me and my coaching team to finally realise this ambition.”

Tickets for the European Championships are on starting at just £6 for adults, while under-18s can attend for £1.

As well as the individual and team competitions, there will be opportunities during breaks in the action to try out some of the individual sports which make up modern pentathlon – fencing, swimming, horse riding and a combined run and shoot event.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit pentathlongb.org/euros2015.

Hannah Thompson

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Wednesday, 1st Jul 2015 2015-07-01 Leading sports psychiatrists to address delegates at world coach’s conference  World Coaches Conference

Modern pentathlon coaches will hear from the man who counselled Sir Chris Hoy to three gold medals in Bejing at the annual World Modern Pentathlon Coaches Conference.

This year’s theme, Rio 2016 and Beyond, will provide thought provoking and insightful content designed to stimulate discussion and reflection.

Dr Steven Peters, who has worked with numerous sports stars including footballer Steven Gerrard, Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton and five-time world Champion snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan, will be speaking to delegates about how to best manage the part of the brain that controls emotions and gut instincts.  

He will be joined by Yogi Breisner, the man who has led the British Eventing team to medals at the Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London Olympic Games. The event will once again offer coaches a fantastic opportunity to gain a further understanding into the development of their athletes.

Registration for the conference closes on July 20, and with places filling up fast delegates are encouraged to apply for a place as soon as possible.

 

World Modern Pentathlon Coaches Conference  |  6-8 November 2015

The Manchester Conference Centre

Manchester

England

M1 3NJ

 

Register Now

 

Hannah Thompson



UK Modern Pentathlon Roll of Honour

Top 6 finishers in Olympic Games, World Championships and World Cup Finals

2015
Junior World Championships F.Summers Individual Gold
Junior World Championships Prise, F.Summers Women's Team Relay Gold
Junior World Championships Pipes, Prise, F.Summers Women's Team Silver
2014
Senior World Championships Samantha Murray Individual Gold
Senior World Championships French, Murray, Prentice Women's Team Silver
Senior World Championships Evans, French Mixed Team Relay Silver
Youth Olympics Francesca Summers Individual Silver
Junior World Championships Fitton, Muir, Summers Women's Team Gold
Youth World Championships Francesca Summers Individual Bronze
Youth World Championships Bryson, Prise, Summers Women's Team Gold
2013
Senior World Championships Nick Woodbridge Individual Silver
Senior World Championships Jamie Cooke Individual 5th
Senior World Championships Evans, Murray Mixed Relay 4th
Senior World Championships French, Prentice, Spence Women's Team Relay 4th
Senior World Championships Cooke, Evans, Woodbridge Men's Team Relay 5th
Senior World Championships French, Murray, Spence Women's Team Gold
World Cup Final Jamie Cooke Individual 6th
Junior World Championships Fitton, Muir, K.Prise Women's Team Relay Gold
Youth A World Championships Joe Choong Individual Silver
2012
London Olympics Samantha Murray Individual Silver
Senior World Championships Mhairi Spence Individual Gold
Senior World Championships Samantha Murray Individual Bronze
Senior World Championships Fell, Murray, Spence Women's Team Gold
Senior World Championships Burke, French, Livingston Women's Team Relay Bronze
Junior World Championships Fowlie, Prise, Wain Women's Team Relay Bronze
World Cup Final Heather Fell Individual Silver
World Cup Final Nick Woodbridge Individual 5th
2011
Junior World Championships Jamie Cooke Individual Gold
Junior World Championships Freyja Prentice Individual Bronze
Junior World Championships Lydia Rosling Individual 5th
Junior World Championships French, Prentice, Rosling Women's Team Gold
Junior World Championships Prentice, Rosling Women's Team Relay Gold
Junior World Championships French, Myatt Mixed Team Relay 4th
World Championships Burke, Prentice, Spence Team 5th
World Cup Final Nick Woodbridge Individual Bronze
World Cup Final Mhairi Spence Individual 5th


2010
Senior World Championships Fell, Murray, Prentice Women's Team Silver
Junior World Championships Burke, Murray, Prentice Women's Team Gold
Junior World Championships Burke, French, Prentice Women's Team Relay Gold
Junior World Championships Freyja Prentice Individual Silver
Junior World Championships Kate French Individual 4th
Junior World Championships Jamie Cooke Individual 5th


2009
Senior World Championships Fell, Livingston, Spence Women's Team Silver
Senior World Championships Weale, Woodbridge Men's Team Relay 4th
Senior World Championships Fell, Spence Women's Team Relay 4th


2008
Olympic Games Heather Fell Individual Silver
Senior World Championships Katy Livingston Individual Bronze
Senior World Championships Fell, Harland, Spence Team Silver
Senior World Championships Fell, Livingston, Spence Team Relay Silver
World Cup Final Heather Fell Individual Silver
Junior World Championships Ferguson, Grandfield, Prentice Women's Team Silver
Youth World Championships Jamie Cooke Individual Silver
Youth World Championships Cooke, Legon, Worrall Team Bronze


2007
Senior World Championships Livingston, Spence, Weedon Women's Relay Gold


2006
Senior World Championships Harland, Spence, Weedon Women's Team Relay Silver
Senior World Championships Harland, Spence, Livingston Women's Team Silver
Junior World Championships Mhairi Spence Individual Silver
Junior World Championships Spence, Helyer, Gomersall S Women's Team Gold
Junior World Championships Spence, Helyer, Gomersall S Women's Team Relay Gold


2005
Junior World Championships Spence, Livingston, Gomersall S Women's Team Gold
Junior World Championships Mhairi Spence Individual Bronze


2004
Junior World Championships Spence, Fell, Livingston Women's Team Relay Silver
Junior World Championships Spence, Fell, Rowell Women's Team Bronze
Junior World Championships Mhairi Spence Individual 5th
Olympic Games Georgina Harland Individual Bronze
Youth World Championships Nick Woodbridge Individual Gold
World Cup Final Kate Allenby Individual Gold
World Championships Allenby, Clark, Harland Women's Team Gold
World Championships Kate Allenby Individual Silver
World Championships Georgina Harland Individual 5th


2003
World Cup Final Georgina Harland Individual Gold
World Cup Final Kate Allenby Individual 5th
World Championships Kate Allenby Individual Bronze
World Championships Allenby, Harland, Lewis S Women's Team Gold
Junior World Championships Heather Fell Individual Gold
Junior World Championships Lindsey Weedon Individual Bronze
Junior World Championships Fell, Livingston, Weedon Women's Team Relay Silver
Junior World Championships Fell, Livingston, Weedon Women's Team Gold


2002
World Cup Final Georgina Harland Individual Gold
World Championships Georgina Harland Individual Bronze
Junior World Championships Clark, Fell, Langridge Women's Team Silver


2001
World Cup Final Sian Lewis Individual Gold
World Cup Final Georgina Harland Individual 5th
Junior World Championships Emily Bright Individual Silver
Junior World Championships Bright, Clark, Langridge Women's Team Bronze
Junior World Championships Bright, Clark, Langridge Women's Team Relay Silver
World Championships Steph Cook Individual Gold
World Championships Georgina Harland Individual Bronze
World Championships Kate Allenby Individual 5th
World Championships Allenby, Cook, Lewis S Women's Team Gold
World Championships Allenby, Cook, Harland Women's Team Relay Gold


2000
World Cup Final Georgina Harland Individual 5th
Olympic Games Steph Cook Individual Gold
Olympic Games Kate Allenby Individual Bronze
Junior World Championships Bright, Clark, Langridge Women's Team Relay Bronze
Junior World Championships Emily Bright Individual 6th
World Championships Kate Allenby Individual 6th
World Championships Allenby, Cook, Harland Women's Team Silver
World Championships Cook, Kinsey, Lewis S Women's Team Relay Silver


1999
World Championships Allenby, Cook, Lewis S Women's Team Silver
World Championships Cook, Harland, Lewis G Women's Team Relay Gold
World Cup Final Kate Allenby Individual Bronze
World Cup Final Steph Cook Individual 4th
Junior World Championships Giles Hancock Individual 6th


1998
World Championships Lewis S, Cook, Allenby Women's Team Silver
World Championships Allen, Allenby, Cook Women's Team Relay Bronze
World Cup Final Kate Allenby Individual Gold


1997
World Championships Allen, Allenby, Houston Women's Team Relay Bronze
Junior World Championships Georgina Harland Individual Silver
Junior World Championships Harland, Bright, Lewis G Women's Team 6th


1996
World Championships Kate Allenby Individual 6th
World Championships Allenby, Lewis G, Wilmott Women's Team Relay 6th
World Cup Kate Allenby Individual Bronze
Junior World Championships Lewis, Leach, Harland Women's Team 5th
Junior World Championships Lewis, Leach, Harland Women's Team Relay 6th


1995
World Championships Allen, Allenby, Andrews Women's Team Relay 5th
Junior World Championships Kate Allenby Individual Silver


1994
World Championships Phelps, Brookhouse, Whyte Men's Team Silver
Junior World Championships Kate Allenby Individual Bronze
Junior World Championships Allenby, Kimberley, Lewis Women's Team 6th
Junior World Championships Allenby, Kimberley, Kipling Women's Team Relay 6th


1993
World Championships Ric Phelps Individual Gold
World Championships Macfadden, Houston, Rowe Women's Team Relay 5th
Junior World Championships Allen, Kimberley, Kipling Women's Team Silver


1992
Olympic Games Phelps, Mahony, Brookhouse Men's Team 6th
World Championships Cox, Houston, Kipling Women's Team 5th
Junior World Championships Allen, Kimberley, Kipling Women's Team Relay 5th


1991
Junior World Championships Kimberley, Kipling, Nicholas Women's Team Relay 4th


1990
World Championships Ric Phelps Individual 5th
World Championships Mahony, Phelps, Brookhouse Men's Team 5th
Junior World Championships Nicholas, Macfadden, Kimberley Women's TeamRelay 6th
Junior World Championships Nicholas, Macfadden, Kipling Women's Relay 6th


1989
World Championships Ric Phelps Individual 5th


1988
Olympic Games Ric Phelps Individual 6th
Olympic Games Mahony, Phelps, Brookhouse Men's Team Bronze
World Championships Norman, Ball, Cox Women's Team 6th


1987
World Championships Dominic Mahony Individual 6th
World Championships Mahony, Phelps, Brookhouse Men's Team Bronze
World Championships Norman, Ball, Flaherty Women's Team 4th
Junior World Championships Whyte, Ball, Chaffey Men's Team 5th


1986
World Championships Norman, Purton, Ball Women's Team 6th
World Championships Mahony, Hart, Phelps Men's Team 6th
Junior World Championships Lawrence, Whyte, Griffiths Men's Team 4th


1985
World Championships Wendy Norman Individual 5th
Junior World Championships Dominic Mahony Individual 6th


1984
Olympic Games Ric Phelps Individual 4th
World Championships Wendy Norman Individual 4th
World Championships Norman, Sowerby, Purton Women's Team 6th


1983
World Championships Sarah Parker Individual Bronze
World Championships Teresa Purton Individual 5th
World Championships Parker, Purton, Sowerby Women's Team Gold
World Championships Ric Phelps Individual 6th


1982
World Championships Wendy Norman Individual Gold
World Championships Sarah Parker Indivdual Silver
World Championships Kathy Tayler Individual Bronze
World Championships Norman, Parker, Tayler Women's Team Gold
Junior World Championships Ric Phelps Individual Bronze
Junior World Championships Phelps, Royston, Tayler Men's Team Bronze


1981
World Championships Wendy Norman Individual Bronze
World Championships Norman, Tayler, Parker Women's Team Gold
Junior World Championships Ric Phelps Individual 5th
Junior World Championships Phelps, Tayler, Royston Men's Team 4th


1980
Junior World Championships Ric Phelps Individual Silver
Junior World Championships Phelps, Tayler, Royston Men's Team Bronze


1978
Junior World Championships Phelps, Humpage, Brodie Men's Team 4th


1976
Olympic Games Parker, Nightingale, Fox Men's Team Gold
Olympic Games Adrian Parker Individual 5th
Junior World Championships Clarke, Tolfree, Mumford Men's Team 5th


1975
World Championships Jim Fox Individual Bronze


1974
World Championships Jim Fox Individual 6th


1973
Junior World Championships Wall, Nightingale, Mullis Men's Team 5th


1972
Olympic Games Jim Fox Individual 4th


1967
World Championships Jim Fox Individual 5th


1966
World Championships Jim Fox Individual 5th


1957
World Championships Don Cobley Individual 6th


1951
World Championships Lumsdaine, Percy, Blacker Men's Team 4th


1950
World Championships Lumsdaine, Duckworth, Marsh Men's Team 5th


1949
World Championships Lumsdaine, Duckworth, Brooke Men's Team 4th


1928
Olympic Games David Turquand-Young Individual 6th