Media Advisory - Olympians set to compete at 2009 Pentathlon Canadian National Championships


    What:    the 37th edition of the Pentathlon Canadian National
             Championships featuring Canada's best pentathletes as well as
             athletes from Poland and the USA
    When:    On Sunday, August 23, 2009
    Where:   Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam, BC
    Who:     Canadian pentathletes, including 2008 Olympians
             Kara Grant (Mermaid, PEI), Joshua Riker-Fox (Delacour, AB),
             and many others such as emerging talent Mathea Stevens and
             Garnett Stevens (Rockland, ON), as well as local athlete
             Bob Noble (Port Coquitlam, BC).

    Schedule of the 4 events (and five sports) of the pentathlon on August
    07:00 - 10:00 Fencing - Hyde Creek Recreation Center, 1379 Laurier Avenue
    10:30 - 12:00 Swimming - Centennial Swim Pool, Shaughnessy St.
                  and Lougheed Hwy
    13:00 - 16:00 Ride - Northside Stables, 1135 Devon St.
    16:00 - 18:30 Run/Shoot - Minnekhada Middle School, 1390 Laurier Avenue
    19:00 - 23:00 Awards Banquet - PoCo Inn and Suites.

    A clinic will be held on Saturday, August 22nd (13:00 - 15:00 Combined
Event Clinic - Minnekhada Middle School, 1390 Laurier Avenue). Media are
invited to attend and try the event.

    Note: Modern Pentathlon features 5 sports (fencing, swimming, equestrian,
shooting & running) combined into 4 events (As of January 2009, the shooting
and running is combined into 1 event - the last of the competition). The
events chosen for modern pentathlon represent the diverse attributes of a
Napoleonic officer, including fitness (running and swimming), control and
concentration (shooting), agility and speed (fencing), and determination,
adaptability and courage (riding and jumping an unfamiliar horse). Athletes
move from one event to the next with a short break between. Pentathletes
accumulate points in each event; the athlete with the most points at the end
of the day wins (last event is staggered based on times so that athlete who
crosses finish line first is the event champion).
    Age group categories at the Nationals: Youth A - 17 & 18 years old; Youth
B - 15 & 16 years old; Youth C - 13 & 14 years old; Youth D - 11 & 12 years
old; Youth E - 10 years old and under; Junior - 19 to 21 years old; Senior -
22 years old and over; Masters Men - 40 years old and over; Masters Women - 35
years old and over

    The Canadian Modern Pentathlon Association ( is
dedicated to developing high performance athletes with a focus on competing at
the highest levels of international competitions.
    2009 Event guide and press kit available by emailing

For further information:

For further information: Angela Ives (President, CAMPA): (514) 898-8754,; Aline Lafreniere, CAMPA communications: (613)
791-4032,; Diane St-Denis, media relations: (604)

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