This time of year we are re-entering the season, after taking some weeks off after the World Championships in China in September; however the season was off with a bang, having pentathletes from across the country competing in the Fencing Canadian Senior National Championships last weekend in Gatineau (October 1st - 3rd): we had one female pentathlete finish 6th and seven pentathletes (men's and women's) finish in the top 25! On the same weekend many of us also competed in the Ontario Provincials Championships, which were hosted by Milton/Guelph. We had a small but strong turnout including athletes from the U.S. Three members of the National Team competed, taking the top Senior and Top two Junior positions. Not a bad way to open the 2010-11 season.
Pentathletes are often also competing in non-pentathlon single sport competitions such as cross-country and shooting and fencing and swimming: this month there are several national team pentathletes who are travelling around Canada and the U.S.. I will select from the most important of these events and results to report on. And looking ahead, the first pentathlon competition of the new season will be the Pan Am Championships in Rio in November.