Olympian Hannah Every-Hall will be joining Modern Pentathlon Australia as the Pathways and High Performance Manager – a new role funded by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).
Modern Pentathlon Australia President Kitty Chiller is thrilled with this significant development for the sport, which up until now has been solely run by volunteers.
“This is incredibly exciting news for MPA,” Chiller said. “For first time we will have a paid employee focusing on developing and implementing a relevant and targeted high performance pathway system within our sport.
“The aim is to successfully identify, develop, support and progress talented athletes to achieve medal winning performances in the future.”
The funding from the AIS is for two years, with Every-Hall commencing in the role on 3rd February 2020. She has the ideal background for this role, as a former World Rowing Champion and having represented Australia at the London 2012 Olympic Games, where she finished fifth in the lightweight double scull.
“I am incredibly excited to be starting at MPA,” Every-Hall said.
“To work with a sport that has such a long and rich history within the Olympic movement is indeed a wonderful opportunity. I am extremely motivated to use my experiences from the past 20 years in high performance sport.
“As a former athlete, current coach, board member and sports scientist, I am driven by the opportunity to set up the structures and support networks that create clear and tangible pathways for our athletes and support staff into the future. I am looking forward to starting next month.”
Every-Hall, who will be based in Melbourne, has a very strong understanding of the role of athlete pathways across all sports within the Australian Sporting System. She is highly experienced and a very highly regarded leader of people and teams, with a focus on enabling athletes and coaches achieve their best.
Chiller is confident Every-Hall has all the attributes to deliver success for the athletes.
“Hannah has qualifications and practical international experience in the fields of Applied Science (Human Movement) as well as in nutrition and dietetics. She also has high performance coaching accreditation, and has a seat on the International Rowing Federation’s Athlete Commission.
“She knows what it takes to win and she understands what is required to develop athletes in any sport to get to the stage where they are in contention for podium results at senior international benchmark events (Olympic Games and World Championships).
“The focus of this role will be initially on setting up the systems and framework for MPA, to then enable the spot to categorise our athletes against the AIS criteria, and subsequently track our athlete’s progression compared to their gap to podium.
“I know you will all join me in welcoming Hannah to the MPA family.”