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  • Monthly Message
  • Nutrition: Energy Intake of Adolescents
  • National Selection Policy and Athlete Categorisation
  • Time Trials
  • Australian Championships Update
  • Save the Date: 2022 Australian Championships
  • Farewell Shannon Knaus
  • 2021-2022 Season Calendar

Monthly message from Hannah Every-Hall

To our Modern Pentathlon Community, 

As we now hit October, we find ourselves in a similar position as last month regarding COVID restrictions (or lack thereof for those fortunate enough!) around the country.

Given the different circumstances, our perception on where we are at and how we are managing things may well be varied. I urge you all to check in on your fellow modern pentathlete friends across Australia. I hope you and your families are healthy no matter where you are in the country.  

From someone in Melbourne and to those also in hard lockdowns regions, make sure you keep your fitness up and continue with a sense of routine. Routine gives us a sense of purpose.  

With next months time trial fast approaching, there is undoubtedly a target you can all aim for. 

Stay safe and train well,


NUTRITION: Energy Intake for Adolescents

Sports Dietitian Australia

As we head into the season and training may increase as the world opens up (with vaccination rates), we need to ensure we are refuelling our athletes adequately to keep up with the demands of training.

We also know that providing adequate fuelling can be the difference between our athletes continually improving or falling flat. 

Energy intake of adolescents should provide adequate support for growth and development needs while maintaining the desired energy expenditure for exercise and performance goals. No simple method exists that can accurately determine the exact energy needs of adolescent athletes. Therefore, markers of growth and health will help to determine if total energy intake is appropriate. 



Modern Pentathlon Australia has now released their National Selection Policy and Athlete Categorisation for 2022. 

These policies have been developed closely with the AIS to provide a consistent basis, both within and across sports nationally. They are also a requirement for all sports to submit approved policies to meet National Sporting Organisation obligations.

At all times, we want to create an ambitious, supportive performance culture and instil that selection to represent Australia is an honour and a privilege and that categorisation and selection decisions are made with the best interests of the athlete's long term development and of the sport's benchmark performance in mind.
  • The MPA National Selection Policy can be viewed on the website here
  • The MPA Athlete Categorisation Policy can be viewed on the website here
  • The MPA National Performance Benchmarks can be viewed on the website here


September Results

You will find the results of the September Domestic Time Trial #1 HERE

October Time Trial #2

The October Time Trial is #2 in our Domestic Time Trials series. These Domestic Time Trials (along with other parameters) will form a part of athlete categorisation and thus may have an impact on national selection. Therefore, it is vital that you, as athletes (along with your coaching team), become aware of dates and requirements and thus good at assessing, monitoring and evaluating where you are at in your sporting performance pathway. 

We ask athletes to complete the October Time Trial between the period of 16th – 24th October, at a time that working in with your training and commitments. 

It is not expected nor supposed that you taper for these trials They should just form a part of your regular weekly training schedule. Over time, along with consistent training, we are wanting to steady monitored progression. Though they should be given importance and priority within the week, and they should be executed at the highest intensity possible. It should be a priority session of your weekly program.

As we know, the laser run format has changed; though we do not have specifics for the age groups, MPA has derived that the below will be what we follow for now. 

Those who completed September's Time Trial, reported they enjoyed the 600m more than the 800m. For October Time Trial, we use the same format as September. 


You can complete the October Time Trial anytime between 16th – 24th  October. 
Shooting – You can shoot from the distance that you are capable of (3, 5, 7 or 10 metres).

Make sure you have the fundamentals in place. Ensure you have the fundamentals, and go for accuracy first. The speed of the action will come with (lots of) practice. It takes time to develop. 

The fundamentals:
  1. Shooting Position / Stance
  2. Suitable Grip 
  3. Sighting 
  4. Breathing
  5. Trigger Release
Please submit your results HERE by 7am Monday 25th  October, 2021

We will publish all the results submitted on the results page on our website during the week commencing 25th October. 

2021 Australian National Championships Update

Planning continues to progress for the 2021 National MP Championships in Canberra from December 17 – 19.

  • Please note the change to U15's shooting distance (from 5m to 10m) for MPA's National Championships to align with the UIPM Modern Pentathlon Rules here.

All the details for the event can be seen on our website.

You will enter the 'Team Relay' event as an individual on the entry form. MPA competition organisers will allocate teams to balance abilities across the wide range of athletes participating in this single event across all age categories.


Each team will nominate a Senior fencer and youth/ novice fencer. The senior fencer will fence senior fencers of other teams.  The youth or less experienced members of each team will fence each other.
The number of entries will determine the number of hits.
Each team will nominate one athlete to swim 100m.  The other athlete will swim 50m.
Both athletes will do 2x (5 hits followed by 600m) Shoot-Run-Shoot-Run

If you are wanting to compete in the riding discipline for the Modern Pentathlon, it is essential you submit a riding licence to the Pathways and Performance Director Hannah Every-Hall or upload it with your entry form. 

A riding licence can be obtained by attaining a form from MPA's Pathways and Performance Director that needs to be completed by a minimum Level 2 EA riding coach. A video to accompany this is also required.


2022 Australian National Championships

When: Friday 8th April – Sunday 10th April
Where: AIS Canberra
FormatFriday 8th April 2022

  • Ride – Owner's round (NOTE that the only competitors eligible to ride are those in the Senior, Junior and Masters categories with the required riding height licence)
  • Fencing – Round Robin for the Senior fencers only (U19, Juniors, Seniors, Masters only)
  • Fencing – Bonus Round for the Senior fencers only (U19, Juniors, Seniors, Masters only) 

Saturday 9th April 2022

  • Modern Pentathlon (Ride, Fencing Bonus Round /Junior Fencing Round Robin, Swim & Laser Run)
  • Fencing – Bonus Round for the Senior fencers only (U19, Juniors, Seniors, Masters only)
    • Including Fencing Round Robin for underage athletes that wish to participate (U11, U13, U15, & U17)
  • Ride
    • Owner's round (NOTE that the only competitors eligible to ride are those in the Senior, Junior and Masters categories with the required riding height licence)
    • Only for competitors eligible to ride; i.e. those in the Senior, Junior and Masters categories with the required riding height licence 

Sunday 10th April 2022

  • Relay 
More information will be released in the coming months.

It is with mixed emotions that we say farewell to Shannon Knaus, our Media and Communication champion. Shannon has accepted a wonderful role as Communication Manager for the A-League Football.  

For the past 18 months, Shannon has been working with us on streamlining and professionalising our communications. Whether that be social media, newsletters, website, templates, logos, branding etc. etc. etc.

Shannon even worked with our own MAP board member Andrew Reid as part of the AOC media team covering the Olympic Games. 

Thank you for all of your work Shannon. You will certainly be missed, and we wish you all the very best wishes for your future endeavours, from the MPA team. 



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