Toolis picked for European Championships
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Coopers old boy in GB Modern Pentathlon squad
Former Coopers Coborn pupil Tom Toolis has been picked to represent Great Britain at the Modern Pentathlon European Championships in Bath next month.
Toolis was named in an eight-strong squad alongside multiple World Cup winner and world record holder Jamie Cooke, double Olympian Nick Woodbridge and Joseph Choong in the men’s team.
London 2012 Olympic silver medalist Samantha Murray, Kate French and Youth Olympic Games silver medalist Francesca Summers will make up the women’s team, but it is yet to be decided whether the fourth competitive spot will be filled by Freyja Prentice who is returning to the sport after a period of injury, or 2012 Olympian and former world champion Mhairi Spence.
The GB squad had a disappointing World Championships and will be looking to make amends on home soil next month.
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The event, which will take place from August 18-23 at the University of Bath’s Sports Training Village, will be a key competition for the GB pentathletes aiming to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, where only two athletes per gender per nation are able to compete.
Pentathlon GB Performance Director Jan Bartu said: “Everyone has pushed incredibly hard this year, especially with the Europeans in mind as not only are the championship titles up for grabs, but this will also be one of the best opportunities for the team to try and achieve the Olympic qualifying standard.
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“Bath is the home of the GB team so they will be competing on home soil. This is only the second time the events been held in the UK, so this is a rare opportunity for the pentathletes to by cheered on by so many British supporters.”
Supporters can see over 100 athletes from more than 20 European countries competing in the five disciplines of fencing, swimming, show jumping, shooting and running, all in one day, in a challenge of skill and endurance.
Spectators have the opportunity to watch the fast-paced team relays throughout the week before the individual finals at the weekend.
The venue will include a bespoke spectator’s village offering family entertainment and hospitality, with a bird’s eye view of the main sporting arena.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to try their hands at some of the challenging disciplines.
Tickets are priced from just £6 with under-18s welcomed for £1 each and can be bought from pentathlongb.org/euros2015.
For more information check out @Euros2015 or facebook.com/MPEC2015.
*The Modern Pentathlon European Championships form part of the UK Sport’s £27 million National Lottery funded #EveryRoadtoRio campaign, designed to help athletes qualify and prepare for Rio 2016.