Shoot for the top with pentathletes

From the Modern Pentathlon Association of Great Britain
The MPAGB is holding a press conference and photocall on Friday November 3 prior to the team’s departure for the world championships in Guatemala, and is offering members of the media the chance of a “shoot-out” with the GB team.

There will also be the opportunity for photographers and camera crews to take action shots of specific disciplines (fencing, pistol shooting and running), and one-on-one interviews can also be arranged.

This will be the last remaining opportunity to interview medal contenders Georgina Harland and Mhairi Spence and the remainder of the team before they leave for final training camp in Mexico, and their final preparations for the championships.

Venue: Sports Training Village, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY. Timetable: 11.00 – 11.30 Coffee/Tea; 11.30 – 12.00 Press conference in Board Room Sports Training Village; 12.00 – 13.00 One to one interviews with athletes (Buffet lunch will be provided); 13.30 – 14.30 Shooting ‘competition’; 14.30 – 16.00 Opportunity to film/photograph athletes in action.

Harland, pictured, the 2003 European champion, won the Olympic bronze medal in Athens in 2004, and is seeking to improve on her world bronze from 2002, while Spence, a team gold medallist with the seniors at the European championships, is looking to make progress from her individual European junior silver medal earlier this year.

Mhairi and Georgina have also agreed to take part in a pistol shooting competition against members of the media. Journalists wishing to take part will be given expert coaching from members of the Modern Pentathlon Association.

Photographers covering the event on the day must report to the reception at Bath University Sports Training Village to register and gain the necessary authorisation.

For more details: Peter Hart, chief executive, MPAGB, Phone: 01225 386 808; Mob: 07967 658678. e-mail:, or Dominic Mahony, team manager – Mob: 07768 337 220