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2014 David Carr
David Carr

Sport

Modern Pentathlon

Achievements to date

  • 2013 - Qualifying 3rd in YOG Selection Competition and going to Portugal for the European Continent Qualifier.
  • 2014 - Qualifying 1st in SE Region Selection Competition for the British Youth Fencing Championships.
  • 2013 - Winning my 3rd British Youth Modern Pentathlon Championship.
  • 2012 - Winning my 2nd British Youth Modern Pentathlon Championship.

I started Modern Pentathlon in 2008. Before that I originally was involved in many sport e.g. swimming, riding, football, archery, gymnastics, etc. Then I wanted to focus on one sport but could not decide which one. My parents then suggested I try Modern Pentathlon (slightly regretting it after they said it). This is how I got into this great sport. My favourite disciplines and the ones I like most are the fencing and riding. I find this sport challenging due to the five different disciplines requiring different skills. What I like about this sport is you have to be an all-rounder to be able to compete, which I find tests an athlete’s ability to the absolute maximum in all areas and at all times. My end goal is to represent the country in the World/Olympic Games in the future.

Most memorable sporting achievement to date

Winning my first National Modern Pentathlon Championship 2010 in pain.

Biggest sporting disappointment to date

Losing heavily in the fencing discipline in the GB International 2014 which potentially costs me a place in the further competition of qualifying for the Youth Olympics in August.

Most respected sportsperson

Usain Bolt – Athletics.

Ritual before sporting competition

None.

“I am truly grateful for the support and funding that KT4YS has provided me in my national sporting achievements. This funding has subsidised the cost of my equipment for the five disciplines I need to excel in. It has also contributed to the cost of attending multiple international trips for training in Hungary and competitions in Portugal.

2013 was an extremely successful time for me in the run up to the Youth Olympics Qualifier in Portugal. My training was preparing me well to take on the world youth athletes in Modern Pentathlon in the coming year. However, one muscle seizure during one training changed the whole course of my training. Consultations, MRI scans, treatments, physiotherapy and chiropractic sessions could not repair the injury swiftly. When injury strikes a national athlete, it is one of the cruellest and most frustrating situation an athlete can find themselves in. Even more so, when the injury is not easily treatable due to difficulty in diagnosis. I had to be patient.

When I met the KT4YS Trustees, I was taken aback and very encouraged by their trust and believe in me. Their positive motivation, support and offers of medical help gave me the perseverance to ride through this injury which needed time to heal naturally. They also recognised my sporting talent despite PentathlonGB HQ withdrawing their support after finding out that I could not get a study placement at the University of Bath.

My initial goal was to represent GB in World and Olympic Competitions. I am still hoping for this to happen whilst keeping my fitness levels at their optimum level. During this injury period, I achieved my Level 2 Fencing Coach Certificate, did my Apprenticeship in Horse Care and Management which includes three hours of daily riding, and carried on training at Wellington Fencing Club and Bridport Barracuda Swimming Club in Bridport Leisure Centre, West Dorset.

I am cautiously getting back into the competing through initial fencing competitions so not to cause a recurrence in my injury. So far, I have been able to endure two long days of fencing competitions in 2016 – Birmingham International – ranked 22 out of 83 and Bill Hoskyns Open – ranked 15 out of 59. This is a big boost in my confidence to getting back into competition. I am not finished yet!

Once again, I would like to thank KT4YS for their support and believing in my potential. They have helped me focus my efforts in an experience I will never forget. Every step I take nearer to my goal is reflected in the confidence KT4YS has in my sporting career.”

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