Pentathlon Ireland was established in 2003 to develop the sport of modern pentathlon in Ireland.
Pentathlon Ireland currently has 125 members registered nationally.
Qualifying two Pentathletes to the London Olympic Games, Natalya Coyle & Arthur Lanigan O’Keeffe; who finished 9th and 25th respectively. These results were beyond expectations and have greatly helped to boost the awareness and profile of the sport within Ireland.
Arthur Lanigan O’Keeffe taking Bronze at the Junior World Championships in Poland in September. This was the first major international medal by an Irish Pentathlete and came directly after participating in the Olympic Games.
In June we successful hosted our first international riding camp in Kilkenny with several key international Olympic hopefuls praising the level of training on offer. The opportunity to train with some of the best pentathletes in the world was not missed by our own pentathletes.
Looking Forward to 2013
Already this year, in February, the mixed relay team of Natalya Coyle and Eanna Bailey won silver at the World Cup in California, another first for Irish Pentathletes.
We are looking forward to the opening of our national training centre, in conjunction with Horse Sport Ireland (HSI), in Abbotstown later this year, which will centralise all training for the five phases of the sport and improves the logistics of catering for the 5 different elements in one location. We are grateful to the NSCDA and HSI for all the assistance and effort with this project and know our high performance squad are counting down the days to when they can move into the centre.
We have renewed focus on our Junior and Youth squads over the last number of months, which has seen significant improvement and participation at this level, with numbers competing both national and internationally increasing. The introduction of Andy Mackenzie to the coaching staff has added additional value to the athletes and their training.
Calendar of Events 2013
|17-21 April||World Cup #3 – China|
|8-13 May||World Cup #4 – Hungary|
|31 May – 2 June||World Cup Final – Russia|
|12 – 16 June||Under 16 European Championships – Belarus|
|18 – 24||June Junior European Championships – Bulgaria|
|11 – 17 July||Senior European Championships – Poland|
|18 – 21 July||Under 18 European Championships – Russia|
|25 – 30 July||Junior World Championships – Hungary|
|17-28 August||Senior World Championships – Chinese Taipei|
How to Get Involved
Pentathlon Ireland was formed just 10 years ago, and has quickly established the reputation of high performance sport that can deliver at the highest level. Today, Pentathlon Ireland is the only body which receives ISC high Performance Funding but which is not a stand alone NGB.
After the success of London 2012, Pentathlon Ireland is now turning its attention to grass roots development; including establishing clubs, and schools and community programmes; while in parallel continuing to develop its high performance programme, with the goal of podium performance for Rio 2016.
We hosted the Under 16 European Championships in 2008 and will be hosting the Under 18 World Championships in 2016.
Contact Pentathlon Ireland
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