July 24, 2013
CALGARY, AB (July 24, 2013) – 2012 Olympians Melanie McCann (Mount Carmel, ON) won her third consecutive Senior Woman’s title at the 2013 Canadian Pentathlon Championships in Calgary, Alberta, narrowly edging out fellow Olympian Donna Vakalis (Toronto, ON). Fellow national team member, Mathea Stevens (Rockland, ON), finished third.
“It’s a huge honour to win one national title but to have success over multiple years is just phenomenal,” said McCann after her victory. “It means that the commitment I’m putting into my training, especially since the London Olympic, is paying off big time.”
McCann’s achievement highlighted a fantastic weekend of competition in the beautiful Alberta city – an event that was only made possible through the exceptional effort of the local organizers who were challenged by the recent floods in Calgary and the surrounding area.
“The Pentathlon Alberta organizing committee had tremendous challenges this year with the catastrophic flooding and subsequent damage to the facilities they had planned to use, requiring last minute changes in the week leading up to the National Championships,” said Pentathlon Canada President Angela Ives, “I’m in awe of their commitment and the dedication of the volunteers and sponsors in pulling together a wonderful championships.”
“We appreciated the exceptional generosity of local sponsors and volunteers and, in particular, the community of Delacour, AB where riding and the combined run/shoot events were held. Saturday’s individual events and Sunday’s team relay produced fierce competition but also genuine camaraderie amongst athletes from across the country,” added Monica Hess, the co-chair of Pentathlon Alberta’s organizing committee. “Lots of work to host but hugely rewarding for our organization.”
A notable achievement for the day was that the combined event, featuring running and pistol shooting, used precision laser targets for the first time at a Canadian national championship.
The category winners from the weekend include:
|Senior Women||Melanie McCann (Mount Carmel, ON)|
|Senior Men||Bob Noble (Port Coquitlam, BC)|
|Junior Women||Alyssa Yu (Guelph, ON)|
|Junior Men||John Paul Thompson (Erin, ON)|
|Youth Women||Kali Sayers (Calgary, AB)|
|Youth Men||Jonathan Denoon (Guelph, ON)|
The event, which saw athletes in ten different age categories, also identified the Canadian team eligible to attend the North America, Central America and Caribbean (NORCECA) regional qualifier in Acapulco, Mexico in November 2013. The male and female winners from that competition will earn automatic berths to the 2nd Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China in August 2014. The Canadian team at the event in Mexico will be:
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.