Performance

  • News
  • Rankings
  • Team Selections
  • Anti Doping
  • FAQ

Headlines

- {Date_Posted} -
{Headline}

{Headline}


{Details}

Headline Date Posted Posted by Details
French tops table for second time whilst Cooke takes men's honours Wednesday, 21st Jan 2015 Caroline Searle

Kate French, 2014 World Championships Mixed Relay silver medallist, topped the table once more at the second of three Pentathlon GB national ranking events which took place at Millfield School over the weekend.

In a tight contest she took the honours by ten points from Freyja Prentice with World Champion and Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray, from Clitheroe, Lancs, in third. 

Mhairi Spence, the 2011 World Champion, made her return to competitive action after a post season break and produced a top ten finish.  

Eilidh Prise, from Aberdeen, was the surprise package of the competition. The 19 year old who has already won medals at Youth International level, was fourth just 16 points behind Murray.

French, from Meopham, nr Gravesend, Kent, said:  “It’s a good start to the year so I’m really pleased. There’s still room for improvement and I know what I’ve got to work on for next time.  I really liked the ride, I had a lovely horse which made it enjoyable.  I’m looking forward to the season and I’m focused on selection for the World Cups and qualifying for the World Cup Final”.

The men’s event also produced a close finish with only four points separating the winner Jamie Cooke from Joe Evans and Joseph Choong in second and third respectively.

Cooke’s victory reversed the outcome of the equivalent December event in which Shropshire’s Evans came out on top.

Cheltenham’s Cooke, a former World Junior Champion, said:  “It was really nice to win today. We’ve just got two weeks of training under the belt after the Christmas break and they’re always quite hard and then to come out and perform it’s been really good.  

“We’re quite a tight group at the moment, we’re always pushing each other on and I think that was shown today by the first five or six athletes finishing so close together.  Obviously that’s really good for the programme because we’re all pushing each other.  

Looking forward this is a big season with Olympic qualifiers – like the European Championships in Bath this summer coming up – but I just want to get the World Cups under my belt and see how they go, I’m really pleased with how things have been going training wise so it will be good to see how I get on at the internationals”.

About the format of the competition Jan Bartu said “This is the first time ever that we’ve simultaneously run the Youth A and the Junior/Senior ranking competitions over in one day – the competition started at 0800 and by 1800 everything was packed and we were on our way back home.  Thanks to all involved and especially those who voluntarily gave us a hand on the day.” 

The third and final ranking event will be at Millfield School once more on February 7.

RESULTS (top ten only)

Women

1.  Kate French        1381pts

2.  Freyja Prentice        1371 pts

3.  Samantha Murray        1359 pts

4.  Eilidh Prise            1343 pts

5.  Yane Marques (BRA)    1333 pts

6.  Francesca Summers    1284 pts

7.  Joanna Muir        1267 pts

8.  Georgia Pipes        1264 pts

9.  Mhairi Spence        1236 pts

10.Priscilla Oliveira (BRA)    1236 pts

Men

1.   James Cooke        1478 pts

2.   Joe Evans            1475 pts

3.   Joseph Choong        1474 pts

4.   James Myatt        1462 pts

5.   Samuel Curry        1439 pts

6.   Nick Woodbridge        1422 pts

7.   Luke Tasker        1402 pts

8.   Tom Lees            1380 pts

9.   Tom Toolis        1369 pts

10. David Atkinson        1329 pts

 

Our year in Quotes Tuesday, 23rd Dec 2014 Caroline Searle

Our Year in Quotes

We take a backwards stroll through another very successful year for Pentathlon GB in 2014.  We wish all ahtletes, coaches, staff, technical officials, volunteers and fans a wonderful festive season and we look forward a great 2015.

December

Dominic Mahony MBE on plans for the 2015 Europeans:

"In my memory there has never been a more compact venue than the one we are offering in Bath in August of next year”.

November

Jan Bartu on the new Pentathlon GB Academies:

“The Academies signal our resolve to build a strong and dynamic future for our sport and to create a pipeline of talent at all levels”.

October

Samantha Murray on her Awards shortlisting:

"It's an honour to be nominated for the Sky/Sunday Times Sports Sportswoman of the Month award. My victory at the world championships was a huge milestone for me as an athlete. I wanted to put our sport in the spotlight after so many athletes did us proud at the Commonwealth Games this summer. 

"It was a great achievement and it has given me lots of confidence in my training as I gear up and prepare for Olympic qualification for Rio."

September

Nigel Laughton on his appointment has CEO:

“I am honoured to have been offered this incredible opportunity to lead Pentathlon GB in the lead-up to Rio 2016 and beyond.  I look forward to working with both the development and performance staff, in Bath and across Great Britain, to fulfil the ambitious strategic goals of the association.

“With an Olympic qualifying championship in Bath next summer, we have a great chance to showcase the facilities at the University of Bath, which is home to our National Training Centre, and for our athletes to perform on home soil in front of big audiences and crowds”.

Joe Evans on his relay medal at the Worlds:

“We’ve got a really strong team.  It’s fantastic to be training in Bath with everyone else and hopefully we can bring more results through in the future.”

Samantha Murray on her World title:

“I’ve worked so hard for this and I’ve been aiming for this competition for a while. To be able to say I’m world champion is absolutely fantastic. I dreamed of this so often and now my dream has come true”.

August

Jan Bartu on Joe Choong’s Worlds selection:

“This is going to be a massive opportunity for Joe to see if he can compete at the top senior level,”

July

Bartu on the emerging athletes in action at the Europeans:

“These young kids are going through a learning phase that will serve them massively for the competitions which are coming up.”

Nick Woodbridge on his return to action after a hip injury:

“This year has really been quite difficult, it’s all been about rehab. I’m in quite good shape, but I’m not quite 100 per cent at the moment. It’s a long time since I’ve competed, so it will be good to see where I am fitness-wise”.

June

Kate French on competing at her first senior World Cup Final

“I'm really pleased and excited to compete at my first World Cup Final.  We’re in a hard training block at the moment because the European and World Championships are our main aims this year. This will be a good warm-up and I’d be happy with a good, solid performance”.

May

On GB winning women’s team gold at World Juniors

“What a great result.  It’s gold for GB at the World Junior Champoinships. That’s particularly impressive for 18 year old Francesca Summers, the youngest member of the team”

April

Istvan Nemeth on Spence and French progressing to world cup final in Hungary

“Mhairi and Kate were both impressive today”.

January

Olympian Weale announces retirement:

“I’ve had a fantastic career. The men’s team is looking absolutely fantastic at the moment and it’s nice to see the achievements of the men equalling those of the women.  One of my biggest regrets is not winning a team medal, but hopefully there are a lot of team medals in the men’s team now.”

The Europeans are coming to the UK. Penathlon GB CEO:

"We're delighted to bring the European Championships back to the UK in 2015. It's good news for the sport and good news for Britain's modern pentathletes.

"Because of the way Olympic qualification works, the European Championships the year before an Olympic Games traditionally provide the best opportunity for Britain's pentathletes to try to achieve the Olympic qualifying standard. Our athletes will have the opportunity to do that with British supporters cheering them on, and that's got to be good news".

Contenders for European Crowns will contest a new Bonus Round in fencing Thursday, 18th Dec 2014 Caroline Searle

Contenders for the crown of European Champion in 2015 will take part in an exciting “Bonus Round” in the fencing competition. This new format was adopted by the sport’s international federation just over two weeks ago and looks set to prove a hit with spectators and TV alike.

As reported by the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM) website, Modern Pentathlon continues to evolve with the establishment of this new and exciting fencing format which won the approval of a huge majority of delegates at the Congress in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The Bonus Round will take place at the end of the traditional Round Robin stage. Finalists will fence in a one-to-one format on a single piste, creating a more exciting finale.  All athletes will have the chance to add bonus points to top up their score.

The format was vigorously tested this year at numerous events, including the prestigious World Cup Final in Sarasota, USA and the World Championships in Warsaw, Poland.

Fencing is one of the five disciplines that make up Modern Pentathlon, one of the most challenging of Olympic sports.  The others are swimming, Riding, running and shooting.

Modern Pentathlon has deep and traditional Olympic roots but is also known for its unique mixture of heritage and modernity.  Athletes already use laser pistols in the combined event, the run and shoot format which was adopted for the London Games of 2012.

The 2015 European Championships will be hosted 17 – 23 August at the University of Bath, England, by PentathlonGB.

For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 384211 or at press@matchtight.co.uk

You can also find more information about Pentathlon GB at www.pentathlongb.org by liking us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PentathlonGB or following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PentathlonGB

Evans and French top British ranking points list Tuesday, 16th Dec 2014 Caroline Searle

Joe Evans and Kate French topped the men’s and women’s points list at the end of the weekend’s first of three Pentathlon GB ranking competitions for the 2015 season.

French recovered from what she describes as a “disappointing swim” to move into top position after the fencing competition in the women’s competition.  She followed that with a strong riding performance and entered the final discipline, the combined run-shoot, with a good lead.

“Riding is definitely one of my strengths; it can be a bit up and down though as you never know in our sport which horse you will get to ride.  Fortunately on Saturday I got a nice horse and we did OK”, explained Kent’s French, who was asilver medallist with Shropshire’s Evans in the mixed relay at the World Championships in September of this year.

French came home 36 points ahead overall from Francesca Summers in second with Joanna Muir in third, fourteen points adrift of Summers.

2014 World Champion Samantha Murray was leading after the swim but finished fifth after a difficult ride. Freya Prentice, silver medallist with French in the women’s relay at the World Championships this year, was fourth.

“It was a good experience for me as I’ve never been out front before the combined event which means that you shoot on your own.  Normally there are others around you at that point.  I think I handled the pressure OK. I didn’t shoot badly”.

The ability to experience the pressure of competition during the long winter of training was a key component of the weekend’s event for Performance Director Jan Bartu.

Evans, still only 22, led throughout the men’s competition and comfortably finished in first position after the combined event.

His nearest rival and former World Junior Champion Jamie Cooke from Cheltenham was by far the fastest in the run-shoot moving him up from 11th place after the ride to second overall.

Joe Choong, from Orpington, was third and Tom Toolis came home fourth.  Choong ‘s brother Henry was seventh with Nick Woodbridge sixth and Sam Curry fifth.

“This was a test of endurance with longer swim and running distances than normal”, said Istvan Nemeth, PentathlonGB Women’s Team Head coach.  “In that sense it was a good event and we can see that the winter training is on track”.

Results – top ten only

MEN

1.   Joe Evans 1512 pts

2.   James Cooke 1444 pts

3.   Joseph Choong 1434 pts

4.   Tom Toolis 1409 pts

5.   Sam Curry 1388 pts

6.   Nicholas Woodbridge 1382 pts

7.   Henry Choong 1381 pts

8.   Tom Lees 1374 pts

9.   Mathew Dewey 1323 pts

10. Lee Ormerod 1287 pts

 

WOMEN

1.   Kate French 1314 pts

2.   Francesca Summers 1278 pts

3.   Joanna Muir 1264 pts

4.   Freyja Prentice 1259 pts

5.   Samantha Murray 1237 pts

6.   Jessica Varley 1150 pts

7.   Maili Mackenzie 1127 pts

8.   Kelsey Pillage 1089 pts

9.   Alice Rogers 1084 pts

10. Holly Parker 976 pts

Pentathlon GB Announce Academies Programme Wednesday, 26th Nov 2014 Eleanor Guest

Modern Pentathlon, one of the nation’s most successful Olympic sports, has today announced a series of Academies across the country to nurture the stars of the future.

The Pentathlon GB Academies will build on already-established initiatives in schools and clubs. 

Jan Bartu, the Performance Director who has overseen GB’s medal success at every Games since Sydney 2000 said:  “The Academies signal our resolve to build a strong and dynamic future for our sport and to create a pipeline of talent at all levels”.

Today’s announcement is the culmination of three years of planning for the Pentathlon GB.  The first academies to be given accreditation are based in Millfield School, Wellington College, Plymouth College, Whitgift School, Rossall School and Bishop Burton College.

Apprentice coaches from Pentathlon GB’s Coach Apprentice Programme will work at some of the new Academies and it is hoped that further Academies will be added to these seven in the future. 

“We are building a solid base for Modern Pentathlon around the country with resident qualified coaches in situ”, added Bartu of the sport which includes fencing, swimming, riding, running and shooting and is considered one of the toughest of all the Olympic sports to master. 

Pentathlon GB continue to seek additional Academy sites.  Venues seeking to apply will need to offer onsite training for four of the five disciplines on site and be able to fund a coach within twelve months of start-up.

“What the Academies will help us do is set a high bar for Modern Pentathlon in the regions and those who aspire to develop to both compete and coach at the top end of our game will have the infrastructure and excellence to support and nurture them”, said Bartu.

The newly announced Academies join one already established at Hartpury College and form part of the network which includes the high performance centre at the University of Bath.

 

2015 marks the beginning of the Olympic qualification period and GB athletes will have a great chance to make an early impact as Pentathlon GB are hosting the European Championships in the UK in August.

 

For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 384211 or at press@matchtight.co.uk

 

You can also find more information about Pentathlon GB at www.pentathlongb.org by liking them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PentathlonGB or following them on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PentathlonGB

Notes for Editors

 

  • Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon which sees athletes compete in five disciplines – fencing swimming, riding and a combined run and shoot all in one day.

 

  • Britain’s Pentathletes have been successful at the highest level, winning medals at the last four Olympic Games.  Steph Cook and Kate Allenby won gold and bronze respectively at Sydney 2000, Georgina Harland won bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics, Heather Fell won silver at the Beijing 2008 Games and Samantha Murray won silver at London 2012.

 

  • Pentathlon GB receives National Lottery funding from UK Sport and Sport England.  You can find out more about UK Sport at www.uksport.gov.uk and about Sport England at www.sportengland.org

 

Pentathlon GB 2015 Selection Policy Tuesday, 28th Oct 2014 Eleanor Guest

The 2015 Selection Policy is now available.   To request a copy please send the member's name and postal address to admin@pentathlongb.org.

A copy of the policy will ONLY be sent to current Pentathlon GB members (or parents of).

Ranking competitions are listed below, to make an entry visit the calendar entry for the competition to download the entry form and return to Pentathlon GB Head Office.

 

Ranking Competition 1              13 December 2014, Millfield Modern Pentathlon Academy

Ranking Competition 2              17 January 2015, Millfield Modern Pentathlon Academy

Ranking Competition 3              07 February 2015, Millfield Modern Pentathlon Academy

 

Youth Ranking Competition 1                17 January 2015, Millfield Modern Pentathlon Academy

Youth Ranking Competition 2                7 February 2015, Millfield Modern Pentathlon Academy

GB Youth International, YRC 3              14 March 2015, Tudor Grange, Solihull

Youth Ranking Competition 4                2 – 3 May 2015, Hartpury Modern Pentathlon Academy

Youth Ranking Competition 5                20 – 21 June 2015, Tudor Grange, Solihull

AASE Application form 2014-15 Friday, 12th Sep 2014 Bernie Moss

The AASE (Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence) application form is now available here.  

If you want to know more about the Academy or AASE check out this page or contact Bernie Moss - bernie.moss@pentathlongb.org

Youth Olympic Games Live Schedule Thursday, 21st Aug 2014 Eleanor Guest

Athletes Henry Choong and Francesca Summers will be competing in Nanjing, China tomorrow at the Youth Olympic Games.  You can watch them live at this link and the schedules (in UK time) are below!

Friday 22nd


0300-0430 Women's fencing (ranking round)
0700-0830 Men's fencing (ranking round)

Saturday 23rd
0730-0750 women's swimming
0900-0950 women's fencing ladder
1125-1145 women's CE
1200-1220 medal ceremony

Sunday 24th


0730-0750 men's swimming
0900-0950 men's fencing ladder
1125-1145 men's CE
1200-1220 medal ceremony

Tuesday 26th


0130-0330 mixed relay ranking round
0630-0650 mixed relay swim
0800-0940 mixed relay fencing ladder
1125-1145 mixed relay CE
1200-1220 medal ceremony

2014
Youth Ranking List - #12   (May 2014)
Ranking List - #1   (February 2014)

2013
Ranking List - #5   (July 2013)
Ranking List - Juniors - #3    (July 2013)
Ranking List - #4   (June 2013)
Ranking List - Juniors - #2    (June 2013)
Ranking List #10 & #11   (May 2013)
Ranking List #8 & #9   (March 2013)
Ranking List #6 & #7   (February 2013)
Ranking List #1   (February 2013)

2012
Ranking List - Juniors   (August 2012)
Ranking List - Youth A   (May 2012)
Ranking List - Youth B   (May 2012)
Ranking List #1   (January 2012)

2011
Ranking List #5 - Juniors    (October 2011)
Ranking List #4 - Juniors    (August 2011)
Ranking List #3   (August 2011)
Ranking List #2   (July 2011)
Ranking List - Youth A   (June 2011)
Ranking List - Youth B   (June 2011)
Ranking List #1   (February 2011)
Intermediate Ranking List #1   (January 2011)

2010
Ranking List - Youth B   (July 2010)
Ranking List #3   (June 2010)
Ranking List - Youth A   (April 2010)
Ranking List #1   (February 2010)

2009
Ranking List - Youth A   (July 2009)
Ranking List - Youth B  
Ranking List #1   (February 2009)

2014 Team Selections - 07 August 2014

The team selections for the forthcoming Senior World Championships in Poland can be found here.

2014 Team Selections - 03 July 2014

The team selections for the forthcoming Senior European Championships in Hungary can be found here.

2014 Youth Team Selections - 03 July 2014

An update to the team selection for the Youth A European Championships can be found here.

2014 Youth Team Selections - 28 May 2014

The team selections for forthcoming Youth A European Championships can be found here.

2014 Team Selections - 15 May 2014

The team selections for forthcoming international competitions can be found here.

2014 Team Selections - 04 April 2014

The team selections for forthcoming youth international competitions can be found here.

2014 Team Selections - 18 March 2014

The team selections for forthcoming international competitions can be found here.

2014 Team Selections - 28 February 2014

The team selections for the GBR Youth International on 15th March can be found here.

2013 Team Selections - 01 September 2013

The team selections for YOG Qualifier can be found here.

2013 Team Selections - 23 July 2013

The team selections for forthcoming Senior World Championships in Chinese Taipei on 18 - 28 August can be found here. (Updated 5th August 2013)

2013 Team Selections - 02 July 2013

The team selections for forthcoming Junior World Championships in Hungary on 24 - 31 July can be found here.

2013 Team Selections - 17 June 2013

The team selections for forthcoming Senior European Championships in Drzonkow, Poland on 10 - 18 July can be found here.

2013 Team Selections - 11 June 2013

The team selections for forthcoming Junior European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria can be found here.

2013 Youth Team Selections - 14 May 2013

The team selections for the forthcoming Youth A European Championships, the Youth B European Championships and the Youth A World Championships have now been made and can be downloaded here.

2013 Team Selections - 8 April 2013

The team selections for forthcoming international events can be found here.

2013 Team Selections - 20 March 2013

The team selections for the forthcoming International at Sant Boi, Spain on 26th - 28th April can be found here.

2013 Team Selections - 18 February 2013

The team selections for the forthcoming GB Youth International on 9th March can be found here.

2013 Team Selections - 05 February 2013

The team selections for the forthcoming World Cup #1 in Palm Springs, USA can be found here.


2012 Youth Team Selections - 16 August 2012

The team selections for the forthcoming Youth A World Championships, Europe Cup and Olympic Hopes competitions can be downloaded here

2012 Team Selections - 14 August 2012

The team selections for the forthcoming Junior World Championships on 2nd-9th September can be downloaded here

2012 Team Selections - 16 May 2012

The team selections for the forthcoming Youth A European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria on 18th-23rd July and the Youth B European Championships in Drzonlow, Poland 16th � 19th August have now been made and can be downloaded here

2012 Team Selections - 22 March 2012

The team selections for the forthcoming youth international competition at Sant Boi International, Barcelona on 28/29 April can be found here.

2012 Team Selections - 21 March 2012

The team selections for the forthcoming international events

  1. World Cup 3 12-15 Apr (HUN)
  2. World Cup 4 19-22 Apr (RUS)

can be found here.

2012 Youth Team Selections - 20 February

The team selections for the forthcoming Youth A International competition at Hartpury can be found here.

2012 Team Selections - 26 January 2012

The team selections for the forthcoming international events

  1. Indoor Championships 18-19 Feb (HUN)
  2. World Cup 1 05-11 Mar (USA)
  3. World Cup 2 12-18 Mar (BRA)
  4. International Qualifier 24-25 Mar (SWI)
  5. International Qualifier 24-25 Mar (HUN)

can be found here.


2011 Team Selections - Junior World Championships

The team selections for the Junior World Championships can be found here.

2011 Team Selections - Senior World Championships & Junior European Championships

The team selections for these major championships can be found here.

2011 Team Selections - Olympic Hopes, Warsaw, 29 September - 3 October

The team selections for the forthcoming Olympic Hopes competition in Warsaw can be found here.

2011 Team Selections

The team selections for the forthcoming Senior European Championships can be found here.

2011 Youth Team Selections

The team selections for the Youth European and World Championships can be found here.

2011 Youth B Team Selections

The team selections for the German National Youth B Championships and the International Vila Sant Boi can be found here.

2011 Team Selections

The team selections for the forthcoming World Cup competitions can be found here.

Drugs in Sport

As of 14 December 2009, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has assumed responsibility from UK Sport as the UK's National Anti-Doping Organisation.

In recognition of the new functions that will be taken on by UKAD there have been some changes to the UK Anti-Doping Rules which have been approved by the Board of Directors at their meeting of 8 December 2009.

For a copy of the UK Anti doping rules please click here.

For UKAD's website please click here

Related Downloads

UK Anti-Doping Rules 2009
UIPM Medical Rules
UIPM Disciplinary Rules

Related Guidance

Anti Doping Advice Card
Athlete's Guide to anti doping procedures

Advice to Parents of Young Athletes
Testing Procedures

Related Links

World Anti-Doping Agency
Drug Information Database

USEFUL CONTACTS

UK Drug Information Line: +44 (0)800 528 0004
TUE Applications Fax: +44 (0)800 298 3362
TUE Information (including the TUE form)
World Anti Doping Agency

The WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency)Prohibited List 2011 can be downloaded here.

Guidance to who could be drug tested, when and what to do if you are taking medication
Who is liable for testing?

Within the rules of Modern Pentathlon only athletes competing in Senior, Junior, Youth A and B competitions in domestic and international Modern Pentathlon, Tetrathlon and Biathle competitions are liable for in competition testing.

At what competitions could they be tested?

All athletes who compete in competitions below:

  • All International Competitions
  • British Open Modern Pentathlon Championships
  • British Junior Modern Pentathlon Championships
  • Selection Competitions
  • British Open Tetrathlon Championships
  • British Junior Tetrathlon Championships
  • British Open Biathle Championships
  • British Junior Biathle Championships

Athletes competing in domestic Youth competitions are not liable for testing.

Who is liable for out of competition testing?

There is one pool designated in the sport of pentathlon for this purpose, although athletes from Youth B and above could be tested both in and out of competition.

  1. IF Registered Testing Pool
    • The UIPM have an IF Pool of 15 athletes in the top 15 as at the Ranking List on the 1st Jan of that year.
Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE)

An athlete can take certain medications providing an agreement has been made between either the athlete and UIPM or the athlete and UKAD.

International Athletes have to send their TUE direct to UIPM for approval with a copy sent to UKAD.

National athletes that compete in the above specified competitions by Pentathlon GB have to submit their TUEs to Pentathlon GB who forward them on to UK Sport for approval. More information on TUE is available on the UKAD site where you can also download the current TUE form.

The International Standard for TUEs can be downloaded here.

Question

{Question}

Answer


{Answer}

Question Answer
What are the World Class Pathway Programmes?

On 1 April 2006, UK Sport assumed full responsibility for all Olympic performance-related support in England, from the identification of talent right the way through to performing at the top level to help improve performance and drive success in the future. In taking on this new responsibility, and remaining focused on a 'no compromise' approach, UK Sport has redefined the terms under which funding and support will be provided. It operates a World Class Performance Pathway at three key levels:

  • World Class Podium Programme
  • World Class Development Programme
  • World Class Talent Programme

To aid a wider understanding amongst all sports the terminology for each programme will be the same.

Can you tell me more about World Class Podium?

This Programme will support athletes with realistic medal capabilities at the next Olympic Games (i.e. a maximum of four years away from the podium). At this level, an assessment of realistic medal projections determines the required investment per sport using the models introduced post-Beijing for Olympic sports. Athlete places are distributed to a sport based on a combination of the sport's:

  • Results at the last Games
  • Competitive track record
  • Projected medal capability in the future
  • Demonstrated ability to constantly produce athletes through the pathway.

Support is provided through a performance programme with the governing body and an athlete personal award.

Can you tell me more about World Class Development?

This Programme is designed to support the stage of the pathway immediately beneath the Podium. It will comprise of sports that have demonstrated that they have realistic medal winning capabilities for 2016. Olympic athletes at this level are typically six years away from the podium.

Can you tell me more about World Class Talent?

This Programme is designed to support the identification and confirmation of athletes who have the potential to progress through the World Class Pathway with the help of targeted investment. Funding provided through the programme will allow sports to identify the athletes with all the right attributes to ensure they can go on to compete effectively on the world stage. In addition, this programme will look to raise the level of sophistication by which sports approach the identification of new athletes and examine ways in which talent, where appropriate, can be transferred across sports. Olympic athletes will be a maximum of 8 years away from the podium.

How does an athlete get a place on the programme?

The main entry point is through the Annual Talent ID Camps that immediately follow the National Triathlon each year. The Entry and Exit Procedure can be found on the download pages of the website.

Entry can also be by achieving one or more of the Consideration Standards issued by the National Governing Body, Pentathlon GB will identify whether an athlete has met the required standard. The standards must be achieved in National or International Competition.

What help will the athlete receive?

A wide range: for Podium and Development athletes, financial support towards training costs; access to facilities; access to a full athlete support programme for potential athletes which includes medical services, physiotherapy, strength and conditioning and sports science support. In addition, the athlete's personal coach will receive significant benefits from the programme, such as joining the athlete for biomechanical testing etc.

How long can an athlete stay on the programme?

Other than in exceptional circumstances, providing the athlete continues to meet the consideration criteria and targets they are likely to remain on the programme through to the transition stage to the Senior WCPP. Successive years will be dependent on athletes meeting both the performance and non-performance targets in their individual programme but the principle of demonstrable upward mobility will be applied.

How much money might an athlete receive from the programme?

This varies and will depend on which programme the athlete is on.

How does the Programme work?

The main aims of the World Class Pathway Programmes are to:

  • identify athletes with the potential to successfully progress through the pathway
  • help prepare and develop them for progression to the World Class Performance Programme
  • provide appropriate competition opportunities at age group international level
  • support them with structures/facilities and personnel to facilitate the process
  • create a structured youth pentathlon programme in Great Britain
Do athletes get help with Strength and Conditioning?

The Strength and Conditioning Initiative aims to ensure that all athletes and coaches recognise the importance of strength and conditioning, have the knowledge to apply new techniques and that the correct strength and conditioning programmes are devised and applied for each athlete on the World Class Pathway Programmes.

What are the levels of International competition for youth athletes?

The youth athletes are divided up into Youth A and Youth B age groups.

The Youth A athletes compete each year in a European and a World Championship. The disciplines are fencing swimming and combined event in both competitions.

The Youth B athletes compete in a European Championship each year and their disciplines are swim and combined event.

When do the youth international events take place?

The international calendar is determined by the international governing body (UIPM). It is usual for them to be spaced out between April and August, although sometimes they are held closer together.

What about training camps?

Training camps for the Youth programme athletes are held regularly throughout the year. The year runs from the beginning of April until the end of the following March. During this time there is generally at least one camp (weekend) a month as well as foreign training camps (during some of the school holidays). There is a calendar that is produced at the beginning of each programme year that is regularly updated to reflect any changes.

Who can award Riding Certificates?

Riding certificates can be awarded by any qualified riding instructor. Full details of the qualifications of the assessor are on the individual certificate forms which can be found in the resources section of the website.

Any Youth athletes on the Pathway Programme athlete wanting to be awarded a Junior riding certificate or above must be assessed by the Pentathlon GB riding coach in front of one of the Performance Team Coaches. There are currently three times in the year (the dates are published on the calendar) when this can happen.

Who can award Fencing Certificates?

There are two levels of fencing certificate a Level 1 Certificate and a Level 2 certificate. These can be awarded by an assessor with a coaching qualification in line with the requirements stated on the certificate which can be found in the resources section of the website.

The Level 1 fencing certificate is valid for only two years from the date of assessment.