Pentathlon Alberta Updates

NEWS AND EVENTS

Latest NEWS and Upcoming EVENTS 

Pentathlon Alberta Provincials are being held on Sunday May 31. Event details and registration information is available here. Please note registration process new this year. We are looking forward to an exciting day! 

CONGRATULATIONS to Joshua Riker-Fox on his nomination by Pentathlon Canada to the Pan Am Team Toronto 2015. Two male athletes were selected to represent Canada at the Modern Pentathlon Event which will take place at the CIBC Pan Am / Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field Hose in Toronto July 18 and 19. Joshua trains out of Talisman Centre with the Ares Pentathlon and Fencing Club in Calgary. 

On May 9th and 10 Pentathlon Alberta hosted a very successful Epee fencing and combined training clinic. Fencing featured visiting coach Igor Gantsevich from Dynamo Fencing Club in BC. Igor is a highly successful coach and former World Cup competitor. The event introduced athletes to the next stage in high level fencing training and was a tremendously valuable experience for those who attended. Thanks to Igor and combined event coach Andrew Chisholm.

Summer camp scheduling is being prepared. A camp is tentatively planned for June 28 to July 4 to conclude with a Youth competition. 

We are seeking volunteers to assist in our upcoming casino event on July 10 and 11. This fund raiser assists us in carrying on with the sport events, development and other initiatives. MORE VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED!! Please contact info@pentathlonalberta.com to find out how you can help! Thank you in advance!

UPCOMING ATHLETE COMPETITIONS - Good Luck !!! 

Shauna Biddulph will be travelling to Dominican Republic for NORCECA Senior Championships event 18-21 June.

Canadian Pentathlon Nationals will be held August 15th and 16th in Baden, Ontario hosted by Pentathlon Ontario. More details to come

NEWS THIS SEASON (SEE OUR ARCHIVE PAGES FOR SOME AWESOME PAST NEWS)

Joshua Riker-Fox recently completed a series of competitions first in Berlin at the German International Open on May 16, 17 as part of a contingent of Canadian athletes attending the event. This was followed by the Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia on May 23, 24 along with Melanie McCann or Ottawa, ON. This international event training will help prepare Joshua for the upcoming Pan Am Games. Well done!

Fencing provincials were held in Red Deer April 17-19 with several pentathletes attending. Congratulations to many top performances coming from our athletes in various age groups! 

Our March 1st event featured a valuable swim clnic and time trial at Glenmore pool. Many lessons learned from this valuable feedback! This was followed by an information and safety session at the Calgary Rifle and Pistol Club under the direction of Bernie Harrison. This introduction to awareness of gun handling and external perceptions will help all our members approach use of pistols in the best fashion and create a safe perception to external observers.

Joshua Riker-Fox had a strong return to the World Cup circuit with a top Canadian result in men's individual at World Cup #1 in Sarasota, Florida, Feb 18-23. He then teamed up at the event with Melanie McCann of Ontario in the Mixed Relay event to bring home the bronze. Details are available here

Several pentathletes continued honing their fencing skills with a number of provincial competitions through the winter Alberta season. These included the Edmonton Open, Prior Winter Cup, Don Lazlo, Red Deer Open and Wetterberg Open. Resutls for all events are available on the Alberta Fencing website in Results.

Pentathlon Canada AGM took place in Burlington on February 7th, 8th with Monica Hess representing Pentathlon Alberta in her role as President. Good discussion as had with agreement to focus on communication and sport development needs. We look forward to the path Pentathlon Canada is embarking on.

For some other event schedules check out  here (pentathlon) or here (fencing)nuary 25th Joshua Riker-Fox competed in the USA Pentathlon Qualifier in Colorado Springs finishing as top Canadian male. This puts Josh is strong position in his quest for selection to the Pan Am Games Toronto 2015 team for modern pentathlon. More qualification events to come. Good Luck! Results are available here.

January 18th, Shauna Biddulph competing at the Budapest Indoor championships. Results are available here

January 18 2015 - Pentathlon Alberta hosted a mini-meet and clinic at the Talisman Centre, Calgary. This early season event gave athletes a chance to see how their training is preparing them for the year ahead, including giving several newer participants a chance to understand the intricacies of a day long event. This was a four event competition with Fencing, Combined (Run, Shoot) and Swim. The day finished with a valuable clinic in the pool with swim coach Steve Challacombe who assisted athletes through their warmup, through events, and one-on-one afterwards. Check in the Results section for details.

January 3 2015 - Ottawa, Ontario. The Winter Pentathlon Ontario Invitational was held on Jan 3 with athletes from across Canada attending. This event also served as a ranking update for event priority order for those athletes vying for Pan Am Games selection. From Alberta Shauna Biddulph and Joshua Riker-Fox were in attendance with Josh taking first place in the Senior Men's division. Well done!! Results are available in the results section.

December 27 to January 3 2015 - Exciting times for ARES club athletes Connor Ell and Danja Currie-Olsen on their participation in the pentathlon training camp and competition hosted by Westcoast Pentathlon club in Rancho Mirage, in the Palm Springs area in California. This update from their experience at the event:  Both Connor and Danja were exposed to many great coaches and talented athletes resulting in a great learning experience taking away many new skills in all five disciplines. This camp demonstrated the best of sportsmanship and hospitality amongst the organizers, coaches and athletes.

November - Pentathlon Alberta AGM was held in Calgary. The list of elected board members has been updated on this website.Thank you to all volunteers past a present. Special mention to Deb Langvand for several years of service.

October/November - ARES club members were doing some public profile work to gain exposure for Pentathlon and Fencing. They provided a fencing demonstration for in advance of the Alberta Ballet performance of The Three Muskateers at the Jubilee Auditorium. They also were interviewed by Global News for a segment that aired November 4th (check it out)

October 30 - Talisman Centre - Nova Pentathlon Club with assistance from Pentathlon AB hosted a test pentathlon event in Calgary. The event allowed several folks from triathlon and other disciplines a first try at the component events of Pentathlon. Well done! 

LET"S GO!! Pentathlon Alberta is always looking for opportunities to introduce Alberta Athletes to our exciting sport and partner with local community clubs, organizers or parents. If your community is able to take part in hosting a clinic, typically including beginner lessons and demos for Fencing, Swimming and Combined (Run/Shoot) components, please contact us at info@pentathlonalberta.com. Keep an eye on the news here for clinics coming to your area.