Sport In Profile UK Issue 16 - Page 16

Pentathlon GB FOLLOW US ONLINE twitter.com/sportinprofile Pentathlon GB Pentathlon GB set-up their National Training Centre at the University of Bath nearly twenty years ago. National Performance Director Jan Bartu, who has been in position since April 1998, was pivotal in establishing this base which allows athletes to train for swimming, fencing, shooting and running all under one roof with riding taking place off-site. Now, those pentathletes looking to compete at an elite level will traditionally come to Bath for their studies while also training full time and using the world class facilities in the University of Bath’s £30 million Sports Training Village. Working alongside Jan at the National Training Centre are coaches Frici Foldes, Marco Quattrini and Michal Janca. Frici, our National Fencing Coach, has been with Pentathlon GB for eighteen years, whilst Marco and Michal who are both specialist modern pentathlon coaches joined the performance team in 16 Issue 16 early 2017 following a Coaching Team reshuffle after the Rio Olympics. In addition to our modern pentathlon coaches, there are specialist swimming, running and riding coaches who work with the programme as well as the English Institute of Sport team based at the University of Bath who integrate medicine, physiotherapy, nutrition, sports psychology, performance lead, life-style management and performance analysis support. Following graduation, modern pentathletes are able to become full time athletes, dedicating themselves to perform to the peak of their abilities. It means athletes can spend over ten years training in Bath with London 2012 Olympic silver medalist Samantha Murray currently the longest serving athlete at the National Training Centre. Her younger brother Oliver is one of three athletes who moved to Bath in September 2017, continuing their modern pentathlon career as they move from the youth to the junior ranks.