The second Modern Pentathlon Development Day in the Devon and Cornwall area was held at Truro School on a sunny Sunday 9 March.
Based at the Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre, the day kicked off when the 43 young athletes and their parents were welcomed by Headmaster Andrew Gordon-Brown and Georgina Geikie, the MPAGB Coordinator for the area.
Open to both students of the school and other young people in the region, the participants ranged from 9-17 years and all took part in running, shooting, swimming, fencing and a lifestyle support session throughout the day. The line-up of coaches was outstanding with total of seven Olympians, Paralympians or GB Coaches leading and supporting each activity:
Swimming: Robin Francis -2004 Athens Olympian
Swimming: Liz Vernon-GB Triathlete and Kelly College Coach
Fencing: Keni Yamamoto, Truro Fencing Club, World Cup Epee Finalist and ex Modern Pentathlete
Running: John Knowles – GB Athletics Endurance Coach
Life Style Support: Lucy Jupp – Ex National Fencing Champion, Truro School Teacher and Fencing Coach
Life Style Support: Hannah Russell – Multi Paralympic Swimming medallist, current World Champion and World Record Holder.
In addition to the world class coaching line-up were the fantastic facilities of Truro School and all within 50m of the Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre. This ensured the athletes could maximise their coaching time, with such a short distance to move onto the next activity.
Georgina Geikie, MPAGB Coordinator, said: “The day was an overwhelming success. It was evident that Truro School is already a fantastic hub for Pentathlon with its facilities, Truro Fencing Club, Team JK (John Knowles endurance running group) and the sporting experienced teachers. A few examples are Lucy Jupp, who already supports the school’s elite athletes, and the Headmaster is a 1992 Barcelona Olympic rower in his own right.”
You can see more pictures from the day in our gallery.
You can also see a video from one of Keni Yamamoto’s Fencing sessions in the SBASC on YouTube.