Canadian Pentathletes Joshua Riker-Fox and Melanie McCann Win Country's First Relay Medal at the Sarasota World Cup
Pentathlon might not be the most known sport in this country but Canadian athletes McCann (Ottawa) and Riker-Fox (Calgary) fought for a spot on the podium in the Mix Relay Event this past weekend at the first World Cup of the season in Sarasota, Florida. For the first time in the history of the sport the Canadians won a bronze medal after Russia (gold) and Ireland (silver).
Pentathlon requires a wide range of abilities as the event s include fencing (épée), swimming, show jumping (a randomly drawn horse) and lastly, a combined running and shooting event. The sport emerged from the military in the late 1800s, making its Olympic debut in 1912.
The Canadian team managed to stay with the top countries throughout the competition and finished strong in the final run/shoot to overtake Poland and hold off several other nations for the race to the podium. Riker-Fox said "We worked really well together to maximize our result. On the handover we were in third with Mexico, USA, Italy and China all very close behind I felt pretty smooth and shot relatively well. The run felt really great and with about 200 meters to go, I was quite sure I could hold onto our bronze position. The race was dramatic and speedy, with a supportive audience."
Riker-Fox notes: "This is my first World Cup medal and it is so gratifying. It feels great to be rewarded for the hard work I've invested, but also fueling motivation going forward. "
Though the individual Pentathlon is the only Olympic event currently, the Mixed Relay is a proposed addition to the International Olympic Committee for Tokyo 2020. "Mel and I are incredibly enthused to win a World Cup medal in the mixed relay. It's the first for Canada in this event."
Joshua and Melanie will be fighting for their individual spots for the Olympic Games at the Pan American Games in Toronto this July.
Follow their journey @JoshuaRikerFox @MelanieJMcCann
Ares Pentathletes Connor Ell and Danja Currie-Olsen represented Canada at the training camp in Palm Springs area hosted by West Coast Pentathlon from Dec 27 - Jan 2nd 2015, ending with a friendly competition on Jan 3rd, 2015. Both Connor and Danja were exposed to many great coaches and talented athletes resulting in a great learning experience taking away many new skills in all five disciplines. This camp experience demonstrated the best of sportsmanship and hospitality amongst the organizers, coaches and athletes.
I hope everyone had a great summer and was able to manage some down time after a very hectic season. Ares athletes had a great 2013/2014 season with some great postings at a number of competitions including Youth World Championships, Youth Olympic qualifier, Nationals and Pan American Championships. Hats off to our athletes for your achievements this past season. We proud that you’re representing our club and country as you compete around the world in pursuit of athletic excellence. Keep the fires stoked as you set your sights on your 2014/2015 goals.
We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to our associate members, supporters, parents and Board for the unwavering support over the past season. Things would not happen without your help, so thank you again and again. We truly appreciate your time and efforts to keep our club growing and advancing. And thank you to our coaches for their time and dedication to our club especially Darragh who has been a cornerstone for our coaching. Thank you.
We’re excited that we’ve kicked off this new season, yesterday, in our new home at Talisman Centre. It’s fantastic that we were able to secure a spot in the centre and we’re proud to be one of the affiliated clubs. Being in Talisman represents a lot of hard work from a lot of people in our club and demonstrates that we’re moving into a position to be a high profile club that will raise the visibility of Pentathlon as we grow to be a dominant club in the sport.