Modern Pentathlon Winter Nationals Summary February 2017 held in Calgary, Alberta
Pentathlon Canada – The Winter Nationals, held in Calgary the weekend of February 11-12, was a major success.
Pentathlon Alberta President – Connie Olsen
“Congratulations to all the organisers, parents and athletes. Thanks to you and our generous sponsors this was truly a wonderful event. As both an organiser and competitor, I can attest that the welcoming spirit of Albertans was clearly in evidence.”
Ares Pentathlon & Fencing Club Sport Manager and Olympian Joshua Riker-Fox
“Ares athletes; you competed with integrity and huge smiles – that’s a good mix! We saw some incredible personal best performances and great sportsmanship throughout the event.”
Summer Nationals are next – July 2017 in Calgary
Calgary will host the Summer Nationals – currently scheduled for July 7-9. Stay tuned for more information.
Riding was composed of both a clinic and competition for the experienced riders and a beginners clinic for new and novice riders.
Country Hills Equestrian Centre trainer and owner – Laura Kelly put the athletes through their paces. In the first round, the more experienced riders received a superb coaching session followed by a timed competition over fences. World Masters Champion, Bob Noble, started the competition off with a perfect score. The second round, also with experienced riders received instruction and competed in a timed competition. The third round was strictly for novice and new riders, some of whom were riding for their first time! Some initial trepidation was soon followed by ear to ear smiles. “Hey Mom, look at me!”
Swimming – Event #2
Distances, depending on division ranged from 50 to 200 metres. Top results were posted by Martin Gajardo (one of two athletes competing from Chile) with a world-class time for 200 metres of 2:05.45 in the Junior Men’s division. For the women, Abby Edison in the Youth A division stopped the clock at 2:16.37.
Fencing – Event #3
Fencing is one-touch épée bouts of a maximum one-minute duration.
Some of the top scores included Cleo Smith with 304 points in the Youth E Girl’s division and Gavin Pigott with 304 points in the Youth B Boy’s division.
Laser-Run – Events #4 & #5
Laser-Run, a combined laser pistol shooting and run series, finished the day. The start is staggered based on the athlete’s previous scores. The athlete with the highest total score starts first, and the following athletes start after, according to their scores.
The Laser pistol series were timed separately to provide the athletes with separate results from their running times. 50 seconds is the maximum time allowed for a five shot series. However, taking the full 50 seconds for a shooting series results in a large deficit to overcome in the running series.
In the Youth C Girl’s division, Sydney Lutz posted 11.3 seconds for her first series and followed that up with 11.9 for her second series. These were the two fastest times of the day and are world class.
Below are pictures from the Awards ceremony.
Pentathlon Canada governs the sport of Modern Pentathlon in Canada, supporting our provincial associations and national team athletes in building a supportive environment. Pentathletes compete in five sports – Fencing, Swimming, Equestrian Riding (show jumping), and a final Laser-Run event (combined Laser Shooting and Running). For more information, please contact:
President, Pentathlon Canada