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Toronto, May 30, 2016 — The 2016 Provincial Championships for Modern Pentathlon will be held on Sunday, June 5th in Orangeville, Ontario.
Modern Pentathlon is a unique and historic Olympic Sport that requires athletes to execute both skill and athleticism in five very different disciplines – fencing, swimming, equestrian show jumping, and finishing with an event that combines running and laser pistol shooting. Modern Pentathlon is arguably one of the most physically and mentally demanding individual sports in the international competitive landscape.
Despite how this sport defines the Olympic ethos of higher, faster, stronger – athletes on horseback clear high jumps, run grueling repetitive 800 metre courses between target shooting, and must do all of these events back-to-back in one day – if you ask many Ontarians or Canadians about the sport they will say they have never heard of it.
But participation is on the rise, notably in Ontario. This is in part due to greater Canadian presence and performance on the international scene. As well, Modern Pentathlon was a sold out event at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, where many first time spectators of the sport were amazed by athlete performances and held their breath during a sprint to the finish battle between two Canadian Olympians, Donna Vakalis and Melanie McCann, at the close of the event. At that moment, one narrowly eclipsed the other to secure a coveted spot for Rio.
Both are now in heavy preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games, yet Vakalis is still making sure she is in Orangeville at the Provincial Championships, stopping in from a hectic international competition schedule and a recent World Championship event to participate and support at the grass roots.
Donna Vakalis comments on the upcoming Ontario Championships:
“After a busy season of international training and competition leading up to Rio, it is really great to have the opportunity to be back in Ontario for our athletes to compete at provincials. I love the chance to come back home and participate with all the up and coming athletes as I see the sport growing, and getting more competitive internationally, at the same time.”
The exciting closing events of the championship – equestrian show jumping and the combined run and shoot – will be held at Silver Fox Equine. “It is a fantastic opportunity to be involved in the Ontario Provincial Championships,” says owner Christy Oukes, “our team has been hard at work, and we can’t wait to support the athletes and welcome as many spectators as we can to come and see this great event!”
Fencing – 8:30 am
Orangeville District Secondary School
22 Faulkner Street – Orangeville, Ontario
Swimming – 12:00 pm
Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre Pool
6 Northmen Way – Orangeville, Ontario
Equestrian Show Jumping – 2:00 pm
Run-Shoot Final follows
Silver Fox Equine
873096 5th Line EHS – Mono, Ontario
Pentathlon Canada governs the Olympic sport of Modern 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.
Final List of Ontario Card Nominations Announced!
Pentathlon Ontario is pleased to announce a final list of athletes and alternates who have been nominated for Ontario Cards under the 2015-2016 Quest for Gold – Ontario Athlete Assistance Program (OAAP). The athletes nominated were selected using the sport specific selection criteria developed by Pentathlon Ontario, approved by its Board of Directors and applied by (the) Selection Committee.
Georgia Rudolph (Alternate)
Christopher Rudolph (Alternate)
Athletes representing Ontario, British Columbia, and Kentucky, USA, competed at the Ontario Modern Pentathlon Championships in Moffat and Fergus Ontario this past weekend, including 5 athletes recently nominated to Team Canada for the TORONTO2015 Pan American Games.
2015 Pan American Games nominated team member Garnett Stevens (Rockland, ON) claimed the Senior Men’s Championship with an outstanding performance. Pan American Games team alternate – Evin Ballantyne (Baden, ON) finished in second place, followed in third place by Christopher Rudolph (Orangeville ON), the last 2 athletes just returning from competing at the International German Championships in Berlin, Germany.
The Senior Women’s champion was Olympian and 2015 Pan American Games nominated team member Donna Vakalis (Toronto, ON). In a thrilling finish in the combined Run/Shoot event, Donna narrowly edged out Olympian and fellow 2015 Pan American Games nominated team member Melanie McCann (Mount Carmel, ON). Third place went to Beatrice Cigagna (Schomberg, ON), fresh from the International German Championships in Berlin, where she posted a 14th place finish in an international field. Also competing was 4th place finisher and youngest 2015 Pan American Games team member, 16 year old Hillary Elliot from Ingersoll, ON.
Boys Youth division winners included Ian Davidson (Guelph, ON) and Sebastian Lucko (Elora, ON). Girls Youth division winners were Maeve Hay-Cooper (Dundas, ON), Georgia Rudolph (Orangeville, ON), Chelsea Spence (St Catherine’s ON) and Riley Denoon from Guelph, ON. In the Masters 70+ age group division, Howard Simmons (Toronto, ON) finished first after claiming a gold medal at the CanAm Veterans Fencing Cup the previous day. Bob Noble and Jane Rusconi travelled from BC and the USA respectively to claim their masters divisions.
Senior Men’s champion Garnett Stevens was this year’s recipient of the Men’s High Point Trophy (donated by Mr & Mrs Colin Peace), and Senior Women’s champion Donna Vakalis was recipient of the High Point Women’s trophy (donated by Mr & Mrs David Watson) for their respective first place finishes.
Please find below the results for the 2014 Pentathlon Ontario Winter Invitational.