Modern Pentathlon Winter Highlight ’16

Saturday 30th delivered an awesome day of sunshine in true Queensland style- both from the sky and on the ground from the sunny people of MPQ.

The day kicked off with some of the most interesting fencing comp conditions possible- no electronic wires. Despite the challenge presented, everyone stepped up and happily went back to fencing a la 1900s, relying on a bit of honesty and good eyesight from the refs to figure who hit who. With a mixture of those completely new to the sport and more seasoned fencers, it made for a jovially competitive atmosphere and great start to the day.

The swimming leg was held in the beautiful 25m outdoor Yeronga pool, heated to a cosy 25 degrees and perfect for some lazy backstroking and looking up through the gum leaves. Unfortunately we didn’t get to enjoy much of that though, facing a 200m freestyle swim instead. Held over three heats, some solid results were produced by all.

Back to Brookfield showground for the combined. Normally held at the end of the day, the riding and the run/shoot were swapped for this particular event.  After overcoming some course design challenges all the competitors completed a testing combined leg, with MPQ organisers Mark and Cathy putting forth valiant efforts despite their injuries (sorry Mark for stuffing up your hammy in our second fencing bout- cunning tactics!).

In the last of the beautiful golden afternoon light the show jumping was held in the Brookfield arena- providing some sporting entertainment for the adjacent wedding! On a reasonably technical course, most flew over the jumps to complete a clear round, and on the sweet-natured Jack along with the kind guidance of Mark it was a clear round for me as well to top off a great day of competition.

As always, the Mod Pen mob in Brisbane created a wonderfully enjoyable event full of good humour, sportsmanship and learning, and I can’t wait to be back on Brisbane soil in September 11 for the State Championships.

– Marina Carrier