February 26, 2013
OTTAWA, ON (February 26, 2013) – Melanie McCann (Mount Carmel, ON) and Donna Vakalis (Toronto, ON) picked up right where they left off after their Olympic debuts in London last summer in qualifying for the Finals yesterday at Modern Pentathlon World Cup #1 in Palm Springs, CA. McCann finished in 22nd place and Vakalis was very close behind in 27th place.
MELANIE MCCANN (22nd place): "World Cup #1 was my first competition since the Olympic Games and it was a good start to my season. I’m glad to see some of my weaker events improving and that was what my winter training block was all about."
DONNA VAKALIS (27th place): "Although I didn’t finish in the top-10 this time, in part due to the emphasis I’ve placed on my school work over the last 6 months, I had my best fencing score ever in Palm Springs which reflects the work I’ve put in over the last year. In the semi-final, I won the majority of my bouts against the most skilled fencers … and the good news is that these gains in technique are here to stay. I look forward to putting all of these elements together in upcoming competitions. Pentathlon is a sport of patience; although we didn’t land on the podium this weekend, the standout strength of our athlete and coaching team bodes well."
JOHN HAWES (National Team Head Coach): "It is very promising that we are off to such a strong start this season. Having both Donna and Mel make the finals at World Cup #1 shows we are picking up right where we left off in London. I can see the work both ladies have done in the specific areas beginning to take hold and that bodes well for the rest of the season."
The next major event of the international pentathlon season is World Cup #2 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil between March 20-24, 2013. International competition results can be found on the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM) Web site.
Pentathlon Canada governs the sport of pentathlon in Canada, supporting our provincial associations and national team athletes in building a supportive environment for our sport. Pentathletes compete in five sports – fencing, swimming, equestrian riding, and a combined run and shoot – in a one-day competition.