Modern Pentathlon: Romford’s Tom Toolis in Great Britain squad for World Cup event in Los Angeles
PUBLISHED: 14:00 13 March 2018
Ex-Coopers Coborn student to compete Stateside next month
Former Coopers Coborn pupil Tom Toolis has been selected in the Great Britain modern pentathlon squad for the second World Cup event of the season.
The Romford pentathlete forms part of an eight-strong squad that will compete in Los Angeles next month.
The squad contains seven of the eight athletes who competed at last year’s World Championships.
The only change sees Jess Varley, who finished second in the opening Pentathlon GB ranking competition of the year, heading to the USA instead of Kate French.
Varley will join Samantha Murray, Jo Muir Francesca Summers in the women’s team heading to California.
The men’s line-up contains Jamie Cooke, Joe Choong and Sam Curry in addition to Toolis.
The former Coopers student is one of only two members of the team not to train full-time at Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre at the University of Bath, instead studying for a Masters degree at St Mary’s University in London.
It is the second consecutive year that a World Cup has been held in Los Angeles following the season opener in 2017.
Last year’s event proved to be a successful competition for Pentathlon GB athletes, with French claiming silver in the women’s competition and Cooke recording a top 10 finish in the men’s event.
The USA has held regular competitions in the past and this is the eighth consecutive year that a leg of the Modern Pentathlon World Cup Series has been held across the Atlantic.
There have been plenty of high notes during that time, including a triple podium success for Murray (gold), Cooke (gold) and French (bronze) in 2015 and World Cup Final victory for Cooke in Florida in 2016, before the move to California 12 months ago.
Qualifying for the men’s competition takes place on March 27, with the final two days later, while there is a mixed relay event on March 30.
Toolis will hope he can peform well during his time in Los Angeles as he looks to continue to show he has the talent to compete on the world stage.