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Toolis hoping France trip can aid World Cup hopes

PUBLISHED: 10:30 29 May 2015

Former pupils of Coopers Coborn School Tom Toolis and Caroline Powell (both GB internationals)

Former pupils of Coopers Coborn School Tom Toolis and Caroline Powell (both GB internationals)

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Bath University student is targeting a top half finish at the Modern Pentathlon World Cup finals in Belarus in June

Tom Toolis has been in fine form in the Modern Pentathlon World Cup seriesTom Toolis has been in fine form in the Modern Pentathlon World Cup series

Former Coopers Coborn pupil Tom Toolis heads off to Font Romeu tomorrow (Saturday) for altitude training as he looks to give himself the best chance of doing well for Great Britain in the Modern Pentathlon World Cup finals in Belarus.

Toolis earned his spot after impressing at the last two events in Italy and Hungary and is excited about improving his fitness over the next three weeks in France.

He will be alongside GB team-mates Joe Evans and Jamie Cooke in Font Romeu and is excited about the challenges ahead.

“We are going Font Romeu, France for altitude training for three weeks so a team of six boys and six girls will be going there to try and get us in fighting form,” said Toolis.

Former pupil of Coopers Coborn School Tom Toolis,Former pupil of Coopers Coborn School Tom Toolis,

“The altitude training is to increase our haemoglobin levels to try and increase our physical ability and when we come down to sea level we will be even fitter than we were before.

“At the moment I haven’t set any specific targets for the World Cup finals, the targets I usually set are for each individual event, but the overall goal I haven’t made but the process goals will hopefully lead me into the top half of the competition.

“I think Jamie Cooke is the real contender. He came first in Sarasota, but between me and Joe Evans it could be an even fight.

“The big thing with pentathlon is it depends on the day with all the different disciplines – one can go wrong or some can go very right – but we will see on the day.”

It has been a whirlwind year for Toolis and he continues to exceed his expectations and better the targets he set.

Reaching the World Cup finals wasn’t an aim at the start of the season, but the former Coopers pupil is living the dream.

He admits recent events have acted as a huge confidence booster and is hoping to do well at the finals in Minks

Toolis added: “It was always the dream to represent Great Britain, but since then the dream has become a reality. It has been good and this year has really taken off.

“We have had a series of world cups and the first one was in Sarasota, Florida and I narrowly missed out on the final.

“Since then I have made the final in Rome, Italy and Kecskemet, which is in Hungary, and that has actually qualified me for the World Cup finals which are in Minsk in Belarus so I am looking forward to it and that is the next big challenge.

“At the beginning of this year reaching the World Cup finals wasn’t even one of my goals and now it has snuck up on me, but it is a big confidence booster to be doing so well and I am really looking forward to going out there and showing what I can do.”

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