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Youth Selection Policy Amendment Wednesday, 5th Mar 2014 John Woodbridge

An amendment to the 2014 PGB Youth Team Selection Policy approved by the EB, as a direct result of NYRC#1 being cancelled is now available here.

This is to be read and incorporated into the main 2014 PGB Selection Policy which was issued in November 2013 and distributed to interested parties.

Recruitment - Event Director Modern Pentathlon Senior European Championships 2015 Tuesday, 4th Mar 2014 Eleanor Guest

Event Director Modern Pentathlon Senior European Championships 2015 Recruitment

Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the sport of Modern Pentathlon with a rich history of Olympic success. We are seeking to recruit an Event Director for the Modern Pentathlon Senior European Championships taking place in Bath 17 – 23 August 2015.

In August 2015 Europe’s top Modern Pentathletes will begin the battle for selection for the 2016 Olympic Games when the University of Bath hosts the 2015 Modern Pentathlon Senior European Championships – the first senior international Modern Pentathlon competition held in the UK since the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Modern Pentathlon Senior European Championships 2015 is the highest level of Senior competition in Europe and takes place on an annual basis. In terms of the performance level of competition, it is third only to the Olympic Games and Senior World Championships. In 2015 the status of the Modern Pentathlon Senior European Championships will carry even greater significance as the event will be a key Olympic qualification competition for the Rio Games.

The University of Bath, UK Sport and Pentathlon GB are working in partnership to bring this prestigious event to life and to maximise the opportunity to raise the profile of Modern Pentathlon and to bring the sport to a wider audience.

This is a fantastic opportunity to be involved with an Olympic sport at a critical point leading into the Olympic Games of 2016.

We are looking for a dynamic Event Manager who will build and lead an effective and enthusiastic team responsible for the delivery of this world class event. Experience in the following areas is essential:

  • Delivering a successful significant (e.g. World or European) major sporting event.
  • Strong event and project management including experience of outdoor venues and temporary build projects for a major event.
  • Budget management and the relevant reporting requirements associated with a major event or project.
  • Risk management.
  • Experience and understanding of high performance sport.
  • Working with a number and variety of contractors.
  • Delivering a project or major event with a number of stakeholders.
  • Understanding of volunteers within sports events.
  • Managing the implementation of commercial and marketing plans within the context of an event or project
  • Proven ability to engage with partners and able to work with and manage a variety of people at all levels
  • Experience of leading teams consisting of paid employees and volunteers.


The Event Director will be responsible for the operational delivery of the event including the management of contractors and stakeholder relationships. The role involves working closely within the organising framework and will report to the Chair of the Stakeholder Group. They will establish the administrative framework and the delivery plan including the project timeline for the organisation of the Championships. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate these personal qualities and key skills:

  • Good team player able to work for periods without direct supervision
  • Goal oriented, highly motivated, able to use initiative
  • Able to evaluate situations and react accordingly
  • Good negotiation skills
  • Able to prioritise and be calm under pressure
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Personable, able to meet and work with people at all levels
  • High standards of discretion and integrity
  • Proficient and comfortable with IT


The base location of the successful candidate is flexible but there will be a requirement to be based in or around Bath at an agreed point prior to and during the Championships.

This will be a fixed term self employed role starting around 1st May 2014 with completion around September 2015. Hours will be discussed with the successful candidate.

The total amount for the contract will be £30,000 including expenses.

Pentathlon GB welcomes applications from individuals or companies with the relevant experience.

For further information including the Job Description please contact Ellie Guest via e-mail on

To apply for this role please send a CV and covering letter detailing your suitability for the role to by 5pm on Wednesday 26th March 2014. It is anticipated that the interviews will be the week commencing 31st March 2014.

GB Youth Team Selection Friday, 28th Feb 2014 Eleanor Guest


In full compliance with the 2014 Pentathlon GB Selection Policy the following athletes have been selected to form the teams representing GBR as shown below.

Congratulations to all athletes and we wish you the best of luck for the competition. 

Results and photos from the competition will on Pentathlon GB Facebook and Twitter using #GBYouth2014.

GB Youth International 15 March 14

Youth A Girls

Catherine Bishop

Chloe Hamilton

Charlotte Summers

Phoebe Baxter

Rebecca Bowles

Kerenza Bryson

Dani Chattenton

Sarah Collin

Naomi Craig

Charlie Follet

Amelia Hide

Bryony Martel

Aylish Paisley

Georgia Pipes



Youth A Boys

Joseph Barton

David Carr

Henry Choong

William Eccleston

Christopher Harris

Christopher Hendry

Alexander Macaulay

James Male

Joshua Miller

David Pearson

Benjamin Pond

Bradley Sutton

Harry Sykes

Harrison Yarnold

Youth B Girls


Helen Sheffield

Darcey Barham

Hannah Featherstone

Zoe Gowers

Georgia Hannam

Paris Allen

Jasmine Harrison

Zoe Davison

Annabelle Cole


Youth B Boys


Charlie Goriup

Finn Slattery

Adam Brown

Josh Hawkard

Kelton Aldridge

Luke Ash

Oliver Murray

Thomas Bawden

Alex Coveney

Nicholas Law

Myles Pillage

Daniel Pengelly



NYRC#1 Timetable Friday, 31st Jan 2014 Stuart Mason

The Timetable of Events for NYRC#1 is now available on the calendar page for this competition. Please note the change of swimming pool venue to Cheltenham Leisure Centre, Tommy Taylors Lane, GL50 4RN

Britain’s pentathletes get season underway at national ranking competition Friday, 10th Jan 2014 Steve Ballinger

Britain’s modern pentathletes will get their season underway at the first of two GB national ranking competitions in Bath this weekend.
The competition gives a host of younger athletes an opportunity to show their mettle alongside some of the more established athletes training at the National Training Centre at the University of Bath.
Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director, said: “Competition is the best form of training, so this will be good preparation for the athletes.
“They will come into the competition under a little bit of pressure and it will allow the coaching team to see where the improvement areas are at this point.
“The door is open, so there is an opportunity for some of the younger athletes to mix with the senior athletes and try to get a foot in the door,” he added.
London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray competes in the women’s event, along with Kate French and Freyja Prentice. The trio all represented Great Britain at last year’s world championships.
Former world junior champion Jamie Cooke, ranked four in the world, is among the men competing, along with Sam Curry and Tom Toolis, who are ranked 13th and 21st respectively in the world junior rankings.
As it’s the first ranking competition of the year, the swim and run/shoot will feature longer distances than in standard pentathlon competitions.
Both the men’s and women’s competitions take place over two days with fencing, swimming and the run/shoot at the Pentathlon GB National Training Centre at the University of Bath and riding at the West Wilts Equestrian Centre.
A second National Ranking Competition takes place next month.
2014 modern pentathlon events
11.01-12.01: National Ranking Comp 1 – Bath
08.02-09.02: National Ranking Comp 2 – Bath
26.02 – 03.03: World Cup 1 – Acapulco, Mexico
15.03 – 16.03: GB Youth International - Birmingham
02.04-06.04: World Cup 2 – Cairo, Egypt
05.04-06.04: British Schools Modern Biathlon Champs, London
16.04-21.04: World Cup 3 – Chengdu, China
30.04-04.05: World Cup 4 – Budapest, Hungary
14.05-18.05: World Youth A Champs – Budapest, Hungary
21.05– 26.05: World Junior Championships – Dronzkow, Poland
06.06 – 08.06: World Cup Final – Sarasota, Florida, USA
14.06-15.06: Kremlin Cup - Moscow, Russia
17.06 -23.06: European Junior Champs – Minsk, Belarus
09.07-14.07:  European Champs – venue tbc
17.07-23.07: European Youth A Champs – Uppsala, Sweden
22.08-26.08: Youth Olympic Games – Nanjing, China
01.09-09.09: World Champs – Warsaw, Poland
23.10-26.10: Champion of Champions – Doha, Qatar

For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 07765 071683.


Olympic medallist Heather Fell moves on to media career Thursday, 9th Jan 2014 Steve Ballinger

Olympic silver medallist and former world number one Heather Fell has announced her retirement from modern pentathlon after 12 years competing at international level to pursue a career in the media.

The highpoint of Fell’s illustrious career was a terrific performance at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 when she became the fourth British athlete to win an Olympic medal since the sport for women was included on the Olympic programme at Sydney 2000.

Fell said: “I’ve had a wonderful career in a sport I love, I never imagined I would be able to do have the opportunity to train full time for my sport. I take so many happy memories with me. I’m now turning my attention to a new and exciting career alongside the different physical challenge of road cycling.”

Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director, said: “I’d like to wish Heather all the best for the future. Her successes from her time as a junior up to Olympic, World Championships, World Cups and European Championships speak for themselves. It will be sad to see her go.

“Heather has been a very strong athlete and in many ways her competition performances often exceeded expectations from training. That’s almost unique, it’s something not many athletes can do. I would never underestimate Heather’s desire and will to succeed, which have been inspirational.”

Fell was inspired to take up the sport after watching Steph Cook win gold and fellow Devonian Kate Allenby win bronze at Sydney 2000. Having been a successful competitor in Pony Club tetrathlon she then learned to fence in her final year of school to make up the five disciplines required for the modern pentathlon

Fell, who has a Physiotherapy degree from Brunel University, burst on to the international scene when she won individual gold as well as team gold and team relay silver at the 2003 World Junior Championships in Athens.

But she had to show grit and determination after a series of shin injuries hampered her ability to train and she considered giving up the sport.

Training at her old school, Kelly College in Tavistock, Devon, she battled back to win a World Cup bronze medal in Moscow in 2007, an individual silver medal at the 2007 European Championships in Latvia, as well as World Cup gold at Millfield in Somerset and a bronze in the Czech Republic in 2008. An individual fourth place finish at the 2008 World Championships in Hungary ensured her place on the GB team for the Beijing Olympics.

After winning Olympic silver, Heather rounded off 2008 with another silver medal at the 2008 World Cup Final in Portugal to end the year ranked number one in the world.

Further successes followed, including an individual silver medal and team gold at the 2009 European Championships in Germany and a World Cup silver in China. Her last major medal was a silver at the 2012 World Cup Final in China.

Fell was consistently ranked in the world’s top-10. The strength and depth of competition within the GB team – Fell was one of five GB women achieving the Olympic qualifying standard with only two places available - meant she wasn’t able to achieve her goal of competing at a home Olympics at London 2012.

This gave her other opportunities outside of sport and has helped her to develop her career beyond.

Fell was elected and is an active member of the British Olympic Association Athletes Commission, as well as being an active member of the British Athletes Commission advisory board and the Team Bath forum. Since stopping training she has worked as an athlete mentor with the Dame Kelly Homes trust, Youth Sport Trust and Team Superschools.

She was an ambassador for the Bath 2013 Special Olympics and last summer she cycled from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise money for the Bath Rugby Foundation.

She has developed her media career alongside these activities and is now a regular columnist, feature writer, commentator and journalist.

•       Fell has produced a report on the challenges facing retiring athletes for BBC West Points West and BBC South West Spotlight on Thursday (9 January). It features an interview with double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes, and Fell interviews former Bath and England rugby captain Lewis Moody, former England rugby player Brian Moore and Beijing 2008 rowing bronze medallist Stephen Rowbotham.

On Friday (10 January) she looks at the future of the sport she loves, interviewing some of the current crop of talented British modern pentathletes at the National Training Centre, Jamie Cooke, Joe Evans and Freyja Prentice, for Points West. Points West and Spotlight are on BBC1 at 6.30pm and can also be viewed on the Sky platform and Freesat platforms.

For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 07765 071683.       

Double Olympian Weale announces retirement Monday, 6th Jan 2014 Steve Ballinger

Modern pentathlete Sam Weale has announced his retirement from the sport after a career spanning more than a decade that saw him compete at two Olympic Games.
Weale took up the demanding sport of modern pentathlon in 2000 and represented Great Britain at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, finishing 10th, the best performance by a GB man since Graham Brookhouse’s eighth in 1992.
He followed that up with 13th place competing in front of a home audience at the London 2012 Olympics.
Weale made a piece of history when he won the individual silver medal at the 2010 European Championships in Hungary, becoming the first British man to win an individual medal at a European Championships.
His other main achievements include a World Cup bronze at Millfield in Somerset in 2008 and an individual bronze at the 2002 European Junior Championships in Hungary.
Weale, originally from East Coker near Yeovil in Somerset, just missed out on a team relay medal at the 2009 World Championships at Crystal Palace when he came fourth partnering Nick Woodbridge.
He said: “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.”
Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director, paid tribute to Weale.  “To stay at a highly competitive level for over a decade in a sport like modern pentathlon deserves respect, especially given the physical and mental demands of the sport. Sam got some medals and a degree along the way.”
Weale initially combined training at Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre with gaining a Sports Technology degree at the University of Bath, graduating in 2005. He was also an ambassador for the Wells Sports Foundation.

Now 31, he has just embarked on a new career in teaching at Dulwich Prep School in London, where he teaches Mathematics, Science and Sport.


Woodbridge named pentathlon athlete of the year Monday, 16th Dec 2013 Steve Ballinger

World Championship silver medallist Nick Woodbridge has collected the British Modern Pentathlon Athlete of the Year Award for 2013.
The double Olympian made a piece of history when he won the individual silver medal at the World Championships in Chinese Taipei in August.
His medal was the first individual World Championships medal won by a British male pentathlete since Richard Phelps’ gold in 1993.
The trophy is provided by the British Olympic Association and Woodbridge received if from Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director.
Woodbridge, who ends 2013 at 15th in the senior world rankings, thanked his team-mates, coaching staff and the English Institute of Sport staff for their support.
“The team has been amazing this year and I don’t think this would have been possible without all of them,” he said.
Another Shropshire athlete also figured prominently in the end of year Pentathlon GB awards. Joe Evans collected the Newcomer of the Year Award, which marked a terrific debut season on the senior international circuit.
Evans won a bronze medal at his first World Cup, at Palm Springs in February. He made to further finals at World Cups, came seventh at the World Cup Final and helped the British team to relay bronze at the European Junior Championships. He ends the year ranked second in the world junior rankings and 13th in the senior rankings. The Newcomer of the Year award trophy was donated by Athens 2004 Olympic bronze medallist Georgina Harland.
A pair of Outstanding Performance of the Year Awards were also presented. Jamie Cooke collected his award for a year that saw him win his first World Cup gold, at Budapest in May. He ends the year ranked fourth in the world.
And Kate French helped British teams to team gold at both the World and European Championships as well as securing individual 10th place finishes at both competitions in a year that also saw her graduate with a Sports Performance degree from the University of Bath.
Bartu paid tribute to the performances of the GB team over the year and thanked the coaching staff, headquarters support team and English Institute of Sport staff for their contributions to the team’s success.
“This was definitely the best year for Pentathlon GB as far as results and performances go. My congratulations to you all,”  said Bartu at the annual team celebration, which took place at Bath Cricket Club.

The British team train at the Pentathlon GB high performance centre at the University of Bath.


2014 Team Selection Policy Monday, 9th Dec 2013 Eleanor Guest

The 2014 Team Selection Policy is now available, please ring Head Office on 01225 386808 if you would like a hard copy.

New Pentathlon GB Shop Online Launched!! Friday, 6th Dec 2013 Eleanor Guest

Pentathlon GB are pleased to announce the opening of the brand new online shop, and to celebrate we're offering a 15% discount off all purchases.

Simply go to our shop at and enter PGB15 at the checkout!!  Perfect for any Christmas presents you're looking for.

Happy shopping!

Ranking List - #1   (February 2014)

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)

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

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)

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

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

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


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 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.