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Review of the Year 2018 – 2019
At the recent AGM held on Thursday 10 October 2019, Chair Murdo Macdonald reported on a very successful year for Scottish Pentathlon and the sport in Scotland. Here are some of the highlights:
– 202 athletes compete in the schools biathlon in Aberdeen in September and our thanks go to Trish Prise and Nic Crawford or running a great event. Thanks to them to and to Billy Mitchell in Stirling for all the events run during the year which have greatly helped our athletes go on to compete at a higher level The most recent successes being in the GB Triathlon championships where all the Scots athletes finished in the top 10 in their age group with Susie Roberts and Kai Crawford winning the girls and boys U15 competitions. Well done to all our young athletes!!
– The athlete Development Group (DG) has been re-established and 17 athletes have accepted their place on the Group. The first get together is to be held on Sunday 10 November 2019 when the athletes and their parents will hear more about the role of the DG and future support available (eg: extra coaching, mentoring and preparation for events) to encourage engagement. The DG will be aspirational for young athletes and will provide additional support to athletes on the pathway in line with the stronger pathway emerging at PGB.
– We continue to have a strong relationship with PGB with a formal MoU in place for the management of membership and data protection management. With the new performance staff in place at PGB, discussions are ongoing with regard to the alignment of the athlete pathway across the UK and opportunities to further support our athletes and our coaches with educational progression.
– Our current 4 Regional Hubs continue to develop and become more sustainable. Stirling and Aberdeen remain strong, the Borders programme is under review and the Fife programme with primary and secondary schools has restarted following the summer break.
– SP is in discussion to establish a 5th Hub in the north of Scotland and we hope to be running a pilot over the winter months based on Laser Run taster sessions in local schools. We hope that a longer term arrangement can be agreed following conclusion of the pilot.
– Other exciting news is that PGB has agreed that SP will host a national Laser Run event in June 2020 in Scotland. Formal confirmation of the date and venue will be notified as soon as possible. This will form part of our competition programme for 2020 with LR events in Aberdeen and Stirling again and a team at the School Games down south later in the year.
– SP has successfully achieved of next level (Preliminary Level) of the Equality Framework.
– Our web site has been reviewed and refreshed as part of a communications review and we hope this will help better inform members of the work of SP and the range of activities to participate across the Hubs and competition programme.
– SP is on track to achieve successful migration to the new standards for child protection and safeguarding by the deadline of 31 March 2020.
– And finally, we will be confirming the bid for a further years funding from sportscotland for 2020 – 2021 to complete at the end of this year and in October next year we will submit a new 4 year plan to sportscotland for which we will engage with members for their views. We look forward to working on this with you which I am sure will help us plan to take the sport to the next level
Annual General Meeting 2019
The Annual General Meeting of Scottish Pentathlon Limited will take place on Thursday 10 October 2019 at 6pm in Caledonia House, South Gyle, Edinburgh.
Discover Laser Run GB Final – Tudor Grange Solihull 1 September 2019
32 athletes made the journey to Solihull last weekend, after qualifying to represent Scottish Pentathlon in the finals of the Discover Laser Run Event. After a wet and windy journey down the weather on the day of competition was perfect, with bright sunshine and a light breeze. The morning competition was the individual championship and started with the U12, working through age to U16.
The first race, U12 Boys, set the scene for the day, with fast, accurate shooting and closely packed runs. Ten seconds was all that separated the top 5 athletes, with Freddie Langley just missing the podium in 4th, just 0.36 seconds behind the Bronze position and Alexander Arris just behind him. Edward Storer crossed the line a few seconds later and their combined performances were enough to secure Silver Team medals.
The U12 Girls consisted the MacRae twins from Mull, who had qualified at Stirling and Sophia Leiper, an Aberdeen qualifier. The girls played on their different strengths to be able to secure a Team Bronze, with Ellen 7th, Gemma 13th and Sophia 17th. Again, there were only about 10 seconds separating the top ten finishers.
U14 Boys had a bigger squad, and a good mix of experience and new talent. Rhys Crawford led the charge, with an outstanding Gold medal, four seconds clear. Finn Bryce, in 5th, was just 5 seconds off the podium. Magnus Lawson was 9th, and the close finishes continued with Jack Wallace in 12, Sam Morris 13 and Owen Arris 18. These performances secured Team Silver.
U14 Girls had most of the team quite new to the sport, but they rose to the occasion and all gave 100% on the day. In the very close racing, the first Scot home was Hannah Staal 5th and only five seconds from the podium. Evie Penderis had a great run through the field to come in at 8. The remaining athletes all came in with the bunched field, little separating them in times: Kate Dalglish 17, Iona West 19, Laura Duringer 21, Anya Richard 24, good enough to edge out Team England North and secure Team Bronze.
The U16 Boys and Girls Teams were both packed with experience and quality allowing them to dominate the competition. Kai Crawford had a great battle with team mate Lewis Watt but he was on great form in the final run and pushed on for the win, with Lewis a convincing second. Dylan Dickie was only five seconds off the podium too, in 4th. Finlay Cooper 7, Callum McGregor 9 and Dylan Driver 16 were just too strong for the competition and secured Team Gold.
Not to be outdone, U16 Girls produced some great racing, with Susie Roberts having to dig deep to outrun the competition on the last run for the win. Charlotte Narducci had a confident performance across shoot and run to take a well deserved Bronze, while Jessica Carns, only 11 seconds back was 5th home. The pace was fast on the run, with little time between Kirstin Grant 8, Ellie Wallace 10, Anya Penderis 15, Akira West 19 and Taya Bryce 20, for another Team Gold.
After a short break, the afternoon competition was mixed pairs relay – an exciting format, which can produce great racing, as the lead changes quickly. A well trained and focused squad from England South were too strong in the U12 and U14 competitions, but the on fire U16 Scottish Team took the first 5 places in their race – a very memorable sight to see all the Scottish Boys battling it out on the home straight, with the competition not there yet.
Unfortunately, our first pair over the line, Lewis Watt and Ellie Wallace, was later DQ’d for a technical infringement. This left top step of the podium open for Anya Penderis and Kai Crawford, with Silver going to Callum McGregor and Charlotte Narducci and Bronze to Kirstin Grant and Dylan Dickie. Just missing out in 4th were Jessica Carns and Finlay Cooper.
None of this would have been possible without the superb organisational skills of Team Manager, Nic Crawford, to whom we all pass on our thanks.
Well done everyone.
With thanks to Billy Mitchell for the report.