Hartpury’s new crop of talented modern pentathletes got their season off to a flyer at the South East Modern Pentathlon.
The trio of Harry Sykes, Bradley Sutton, and Paris Allen all impressed in their first outing as Hartpury pentathletes and will be looking to use this experience as a springboard to future success.
Modern Pentathlon is an Olympic sport comprising five events - fencing, 200 metres freestyle, show jumping and a final combination event of pistol shooting and a 3200m cross-country run. Its diverse and unrelated choice of disciplines makes it extremely challenging.
Despite being only 16, Harry competed in the Under-19s category and secured the top spot.
A-level student Harry, said: “I’m pleased that I was able to perform so well in my first event since the summer break. I can’t wait to get started with my training at Hartpury and I’m sure that the tailor-made elite athlete support I’ll be receiving will help me push on in the sport.”
Bradley, who is also a 16-year-old A-level student, produced the quickest swim of the day in the Under-17s boys category to finish in second position overall, while Paris, 16, ended the competition very strongly to fight back from an early setback to finish in fifth in the Under-17s girls.
Bradley said: “I was delighted with the result as I improved on the disciplines which I had targeted to improve. I’m looking forward to my time at Hartpury as I’ll be benefiting from the best coaching available at the same time as studying.”
Paris, who is studying a Sport and Exercise Science BTEC Diploma, said: “This was my first competition where I performed all five events and it helped in that it highlighted areas that I need to work on. I’m hoping I can put myself in the frame for national selection.”
All three students will be under the watchful eye of Bernie Moss, Hartpury’s Modern Pentathlon manager, who will provide coaching and guidance to help them reach their potential during their time at the college.
Bernie, who is also the GB National Development Coach, said: “It was an excellent start for all three of these talented young pentathletes and their performances will provide a great platform to build upon for the coming year. We’re really excited about the potential of the modern pentathletes we will be working with this year.
“The college provides the ideal setting for these athletes to prosper, and I am confident that they will be able to achieve their aims of representing their country at national championships, as the year progresses.”