29 June 2016
Pentathlon Club at King's
King’s is delighted to be hosting a new Taunton-based pentathlon club. With the aim of introducing as many young people as possible to the sports involved in the event, the longer-term goal is to try to play a part in helping to produce the next generation of GB pentathletes.
One of the driving forces behind the new club is Lydia Rosling, herself a gold medallist in the sport, who now works for Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP).
Lydia explained: “The King’s Pentathletes Club has been established after SASP and Pentathlon GB (the national governing body) decided to start the first ever community pentathlon club in Somerset.
“A year ago SASP ran some run-shoot training sessions and a competition at King's College. These were very well received by a wide range of pupils from keen sportspeople to those who just wanted to have a go at something new.
“In April we held the 'King's Pentathletes Taunton' opening session. The club has since grown to 26 members ranging from 8 to 18 years of age. Weekly training sessions consist of fencing and run-shoot (with laser pistols). As well as being fun activities they require a lot of skill, and members are developing their abilities every week.”
Lydia added: “There are many pentathlon-related competitions throughout the year to get involved in, from biathlon (run-swim); triathlon (swim-shoot-run); tetrathlon (fence-swim-run-shoot) and the full pentathlon (fence-swim-ride-shoot-run) as well as more variants of these sports, so you do not have to be able to do all five to be a pentathlete!”
The club runs in the Sports Hall at King’s College from 5.30 - 7.00pm every Friday and is open to anyone between the ages of 8 and 18 years.