About Modern Pentathlon Australia
Modern Pentathlon Australia (MPA) is the peak body for the Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon in Australia. MPA is the body recognised by the world governing body, the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM). UIPM is recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Within Australia, MPA is recognised by the Australian Government/Sport Australia and the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC). There are five state associations which are members of MPA, being the ACT, New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia.
The aim of MPA is to grow and promote the sport in Australia and provide pathways for junior and senior athletes to compete domestically and internationally.
Australian modern pentathletes compete on the international world cup circuit, regional competitions and have enjoyed representation at the Olympic Games since Helsinki in 1952. Kitty Chiller was Australia’s first female Olympian when the women’s event was added to the Olympic programme at Sydney 2000.
Chloe Esposito was seventh at London 2012 and sensationally won Australia’s first Olympic medal in the sport, when she dominated the Laser-Run and made up 45 seconds to win gold at Rio 2016. Modern pentathlon was one of the nine sports that Australia won medals at these Games. Also in Rio, Max Esposito finished a sensational seventh. At the delayed Tokyo 2020 Games, Ed Fernon competed at his second Games and Marina Carrier made her Olympic debut.
The future is bright for Modern Pentathlon in Australia with plenty of young talent, with the new additional sports introduced by the UIPM making it even easier for people to get involved at all levels.
Modern Pentathlon Australia is run by a group of experienced professionals on a voluntary basis, working closely with the state associations.
There are dedicated athletes and fantastic coaches, officials, administrators and other supporters around Australia that volunteer their time to ensure athletes get the opportunity to compete and attend training camps.
Modern Pentathlon Australia Board (all volunteers)
President – Ms Maki Takken (ACT)
Vice President – Mr Alex Watson (QLD)
Treasurer – Ms Vicki Craig (VIC)
Secretary – Ashlee Uren (ACT)
Appointed Directors – Mr John Fernon (NSW) and Ms Nicole Nicholls (VIC)
Modern Pentathlon Australia Staff
Director of High Performance and Pathways – Kim Richardson
Executive Officer – Kayt Spano
Social Media Coordinator (1 day per week) – Nicole Nicholls
State Association Presidents:
NSW – John Fernon
QLD – Mark Taylor
VIC – Cate Watt
WA – Charis Neumann
Ms Kitty Chiller AM
High Performance Director
About the UIPM
The Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM) is the world governing body of the Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon and is recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The UIPM also oversee five other multi-discipline sports – Tetrathlon, Triathle, Biathle, World Schools Biathlon and Laser-Run. The UIPM has 115 National Federation members and its headquarters has been located in Monaco since 1997.
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