Achievements to date
I became involved in Modern Pentathlon through swimming and my brother’s involvement. We joined Meopham and District Fencing Club and I found it very enjoyable. I chose to take part Modern Pentathlon as it gives a wide variety of events to compete in. Within the Modern Pentathlon set up, the disciplines I enjoy most are the fencing and swimming.
My aim is to reach the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires and then represent GB in the 2024 or 2028 Summer Olympics. Also, I would like to qualify for the U19 World Champs next year.
British Youth Modern Tetrathlon Championship 2016 when I was joint champion beating all but one of the Pentathlon GB World Class Talent Programme athletes.
Not being able to perform to my full potential due to a recurring lower back problem during run training.
Adam Peaty – swimming (breaststroke). Breaking world records, he is an inspiration motivating me to compete with full potential.
I listen to music.
“Being the second son in the family needing equipment for a costly sport, KT4YS has certainly helped with the invaluable funding they’ve apportioned to me. The rising cost of equipment, training and competition fees, and travelling and accommodation for national and international competitions have certainly made our budget tight as the central funding within Pentathlon GB was cut.
In 2015, I was at the pinnacle of my sport when I won the British Youth U17 Boys Modern Pentathlon that year. I went on to represent GB in Portugal, Spain and Czech Rep. The training week in Portugal was a good experience in acclimatising before the competition.
Little did I know that I was going to experience the toughest year of my sporting career in 2016. After coming back from the Internationals, I was devastated to find out that the PentathlonGB World Class Talent Programme (WCTP) Manager was taking me off the WCTP – based on my minimal improvement in one discipline – running. This was despite excelling in the other four disciplines. On top of that, I was beginning my final preparations for my GCSEs. To make things worse, my swimming club was going through turmoil with no head coach and proper leadership. So, the last straw was for me to join another swimming club which meant readjusting to new routines. Psychologically, I was at my lowest point. I wasn’t in any state of mind to train let alone compete.
I was very grateful for the timely funding from KT4YS. The trustees’ recognition of my on-going efforts and belief in me has re-motivated me and given me self-confidence to take my competing to the next level. And that was exactly what I did. After a well-earned holiday after my GCSEs, I came back strong becoming Joint Champion in the British Youth U17 National Tetrathlon Championship – beating all the WCTP Athletes but one. Needless to say, I was invited back on to the WCTP with immediate effect.
The end of 2016 also brought on a few medical and physical problems. After numerous consultations and physiotherapy sessions, I discovered that my physical limitations were not allowing me to train properly in the running discipline of the Modern Pentathlon. Regretfully, I am hanging up my running shoes. However, that is not going to stop my involvement in sports. It is merely changing my course of direction and transferring my skills to a sport where my physical limitations will not hamper my progress.
I would like to express my thanks to the KT4YS Trustees for trusting in me, believing that I have the potential and giving me unconditional support which has allowed me to make decisions which will ultimately get me to my goal of representing GB on a global scale. I am truly indebted.”
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