Pentathlon GB, the national governing body for Modern Pentathlon, have confirmed that in recognition of Whitgift’s contribution to British Modern Pentathlon, the School’s pentathlon offering will now be known as the Whitgift School Modern Pentathlon Academy.
Modern Pentathlon at Whitgift, now in its 10th year, was started at the School by Kate Allenby MBE, a Modern Pentathlon Olympic bronze medallist at Sydney 2000. In the 10 years that the programme has been running, an impressive tally of 16 boys have represented Great Britain, whilst still at school. More recently, we have produced Whitgift’s first Youth Olympian, Henry Choong (pictured), who represented Team GB at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, in Nanjing, China.
Miss Laura Gomersall, Whitgift’s current Head of Modern Pentathlon, is delighted with the Pentathlon GB recognition, commenting, ‘Whitgift’s Modern Pentathlon is going from strength-to-strength, with 50 boys currently participating. We offer training for all abilities, focusing on new starters’ swim/run strengths initially, and then building on that skill-set for the rest of the Modern Pentathlon disciplines.’
With Whitgift Modern Pentathlon continuing to grow, and four Old Whitgiftians currently at the University of Bath’s High Performance Centre for Modern Pentathlon, and on the road to Rio, the future is bright for the Whitgift School Modern Pentathlon Academy.
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