West Coast Pentathlon is back in business!
After successfully hosting the Modern Pentathlon World Cup in 2011, the first World Cup on American soil in more than a decade, we took a well-deserved year off to take care of business at home.
Now we are swinging back into action, refreshed and revitalized. Here’s what we’ve been up to—and what we’ll be doing the remainder of the year. We hope you can join us.
Youth and Junior Competition Qualifier and Camp
In June, we held a training camp and Youth and Junior Open and Nationals Qualifier in Rancho Mirage. Both events were well attended and great fun. Campers fenced with Carmelo Felix and Leslie Taft, and got good swim workouts with former pentathlete Catfish Moe. The kids especially enjoyed riding with Michael Cintas at his facility. We had many outstanding competitors from Mexico who then went on to another week of camp and competition at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Following the competition, Michael Cintas hosted a lovely dinner party for all competitors and their families. It was a lovely visit, with everyone sharing laughs and memories of all our past camps, competitions, and parties
The London Olympics
Next, WCP organizers, Pat and Mike Duffy, were off and the Olympics. They enjoyed front-row seats where they could cheer on all the pentathletes they have come to know during their years in the sport. “Being in the stands, watching all the athletes we have come to know, seeing everyone in their best form is certainly a memory we will never forget,” says WCP president Pat Duffy. “It was truly a wonderful experience.”
Canadian Nationals and Open
With just a week’s breather, Pat and Mike flew to British Columbia with West Coast pentathletes Samuel Felix, Andrew Tapia, and Rachel Coleman. The young competitors proved WCP proud. Andrew finished with a Silver, Samuel and Rachel with Gold.
Andrew had a great fence, swim, run and shoot. He had a smile on his face the entire competition. Samuel surprised everyone—especially in the swim. Needless to say, his overall performance was outstanding. Rachel was in perfect form in the fence, turned in a fast swim, and finished with an exciting run/shoot with 17 bull’s eyes out of 20.
Andrew will be off to World Youth Championships shortly so keep training!