Sport-by-sport - Modern Pentathlon
|Chief Executive||Jon Austin|
|Performance Director||Jan Bartu|
|Funding Award (2009-2013)||£6,288,800|
|London 2012 Performance||1 Silver|
|Athletes on World Class Performance Programme||26|
|Past Performances||Olympic Games, Beijing, 2008: Silver (1) - Heather Fell|
|Press Officer||Steve Ballinger|
|Press Officer tel||01225 383 518 / 07765 071 683|
|National governing body||PentathlonGB|
"We have received amazing support from the National Lottery. It has changed the landscape of our sport in the UK and I think the level of consistency we have achieved has shown that we are good value for money."
Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director
Modern Pentathlon, a sport which comprises swimming, fencing, showjumping, shooting and running, has produced British medallists at each of the past three Olympic Games. UK Sport has invested in the sport since the Lottery Distributor was founded in 1997 and to date over £15 million has been spent supporting the pentathletes in their quest for Olympic glory.
The women’s event was not introduced on to the Olympic programme until 2000 and since then Britain has had a female medallist at every Games, including the Sydney 2000 gold medal winner Steph Cook. The current team looks to be equally strong and features current women’s world champion Mhairi Spence.
UK Sport has supported five Modern Pentathlon events in Britain between 2007 and 2012. The sport recognised the need to increase the number of experienced volunteers in the UK in advance of London 2012 and embarked on a strategy of staging events on an annual basis. The final event in the strategy was the UIPM World Cup Final in 2011 which was a formal test event for the Olympic venue at Greenwich and which also saw British performance success.
2004 bronze medallist Georgina Harland, who is Chair of the Athletes’ Committee on the international federation of Modern Pentathlon, took part in UK Sport’s International Leadership Programme. The Programme seeks to ensure that the UK is able to contribute to the development and governance of international sport via the building of relationships with International Federations and other key international sporting organisations.
Did You Know?
Baron Pierre de Coubertin, regarded as the founder of the modern Olympic movement, invented the Modern Pentathlon for the 1912 Games.
*Accurate as of May 2012