Welcome to the Pentathlon Alberta Association Website. Pentathlon Alberta promotes the sport of Modern Pentathlon and assists in the development of pentathletes, coaches, and programs. Pentathlon Alberta is a volunteer-driven athlete-focused not-for-profit society supporting clubs across the province.
Typically training is provided by clubs in four of the five disciplines with riding requiring individual arrangements. Pentathlon clubs deliver training experiences for athletes across all age and skill-level. An annual membership with Pentathlon Alberta is required to train and compete in pentathlon.
Pentathlon is suitable for those who are interested in trying out new sports or those aspiring to launch a pentathlon career.
Pentathlon Alberta works in conjunction with Pentathlon Canada to develop athletes at the grassroots level, with the intention that some individuals will eventually have the ability to make a National Team and potentially go on to international meets such as International Circuit events, World Cups, Pan American Games and the Olympic Games.
Modern Pentathlon in Canada and Alberta
In recent times, Modern Pentathlon was re-invigerated in Canada in Sarnia, Ontario in 1970. Joseph Bucsko (1930 - 1996), a former international pentathlete in Hungary and then in England, established the sport with a team of Sarnia high school students. The team was the youngest ever to represent Canada and achieved the qualifying standards for participation in the 1972 Munich Olympics.
In 1972, the Canadian Modern Pentathlon Association (CAMPA) was formed, today known as Pentathlon Canada. Pentathlon Canada's mandate is to develop world-class athletes while promoting and developing the sport in Canada. Canadian pentathletes have gone on to represent Canada in numerous Olympics since 1972.