Specialist sports academy, Plymouth Studio School, gave talented swimmers, runners, fencers, shooters and horse riders a chance to combine their skills and learn new ones at a special Modern Pentathlon Development Day on 4th April.

The day included advice and guidance from top ranking young modern pentathlete and Plymouth Studio School student, Kay Bryson, who recently made her debut in the GB womens’ individual event at the Cairo World Cup event.   There were also sessions from Olympic and Commonwealth swimmers, Antony James and Steve Beckerleg, Peninsular Shooting Club coach, Jeremy Pascoe and top Fencing coach,  James Aldous-Granby.

The day also included specialist strength and conditioning sessions with Performance Coach, Steve Petrie and Sports Psychology sessions on a ‘Winning Mindset’ with qualified psychologist and Head of Sports Performance at Plymouth Studio School, Jon Rhodes. Jon has previously worked with the GB Fencing team. Sports Nutrition sessions were also included.

The Modern Pentathlon Development Day made use of the school’s range of top sports facilities on-site at Marjon, including an Olympic level laser shooting range, High Performance Sports Zone and gym.

Jon Rhodes, Head of Sports Performance at Plymouth Studio School explains, “We wanted to offer young athletes es who might be talented in one of the Modern Pentathlon disciplines to broaden their skills base, giving them the opportunity to compete in Modern Pentathlon or Tetrathlon competitions in the future.

“It was also a great chance for them to meet and be inspired by Year 13 Plymouth Studio School student, Kay Bryson, who has combined her A levels with our High Performance Sports Programme and individual coaching to progress to senior GB level competition over the last two years.”