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Athletes and support personnel can use Global DRO (online search tool) to find out whether the most commonly prescribed and over-the-counter medicines in Australia are permitted or prohibited in their sport

What it takes to win…

What it takes to win…

Check out this webinar ‘What it takes to win’, a great performance resource for all athletes.

This project was a collaboration between QAS, QUT Centre for Data Sciences, Griffith University and Modern Pentathlon Australia looking at the following topics:

Characterising world’s best performance in Modern Pentathlon across different age groups and genders.

What disciplines most influence end performance in Modern Pentathlon?

How does shooting strategy/technique (speed, accuracy, cadence etc.) affect overall performance of the laser run?

Time Trial Results

Time Trial Results

For the ongoing development of performances to track improvement, we encourage everyone to participate in our national time trial program.

We encourage all athletes to participate in the scheduled time trials and to share their results as a means of connecting the community and continuing to build on their skills and remain competitive in their training.

Please SUBMIT your results as soon as possible after you have completed a scheduled time trial. 

Also, attach any photos of yourself training! We love to see where our members’ train!

For any information regarding time trials, please email


Training Hubs

Training Hubs

We have had some great traction with Modern Pentathlon development over the past month or so and have consequently seen a number of Modern Pentathlon Training Hubs popping up around the country. We are all familiar with the incredibly knowledgeable Eszter and Adam in Coffs Harbour, with their inclusive, active and supportive environment.  We see the games they play based around the laser run, the regularity of their sessions and the consequent improvement of their athletes. 

So it is incredibly exciting to see that 6+ hubs established in Regional Victoria, that are slowly establishing bespoke routines to their unique environments. We have also been working with National Federations (Shooting Australia, Athletics Australia) and a number of coaches within Metro Melbourne & Sydney that are incredibly supportive of our sport and eager to help develop us when and where they can. 

Perth has also established a hub meeting twice per week.  You can contact your local Training Hub Manager for more information or your state president.



Ashee Uren


Coffs Harbour

Eszter Hortobagyi


Western Victoria (Hamilton)          

Sally Mason

Geelong Area                                    

Trent Leen    

 Brian Vagg    

East Gippsland (Bairnsdale)            

Jo Campbell       

 Kalinda Wade 

South/West Gippsland (Meeniyan – Leongatha)              

Carolyn De Garis 

Yarra Valley / Dandenong Ranges 

Nicole Nicholls   

Vicki Healey 


Charis Neumann

Tuko Maia

Performance Pathways Training Programs

Performance Pathways Training Programs

In order to assist both athletes and coaches in their session and competition preparations, MPA has developed training programs that can be used to develop fitness.

If you have any questions or feedback regarding these programs, please contact Pathways and Performance Director Hannah Every-Hall via email:


This training program is a very ‘general’ program, and may not suit your individual needs or requirements. It is provided to give you an example of how to structure your training program. You need to approach this program with great flexibility with regards to timings and structure (your fencing or swimming sessions may be set to specific days, which are not flexible, you may also have other commitments). You may need to juggles commitments as required. 

But volumes and frequency are a guide for you to understand training principles and gradually build towards, follow, or push further if you have done more than this.  

Remember the 10% rule. You do not want to overload your ‘whole’ program by more than 10% in one week, and every 4-5 weeks, you need an easy (maintenance) week to recover, so you can push / overload again. 


Training consistency can be measured by how many training sessions have been completed as per your plan over the last 90 days (45 days for those U15) . Aiming for 90% completion rate. Noting that you are better off starting conservatively and building consistently, than flying and dying. 

Remembering the key dates (State Championships, Camps, National Championshisp) along the way.


12-Week Nationals Preparation Training Program

ABOUT: Developed by MPA’s Sport Science Consultant Dane Jessen, the program is aimed to assist all athletes with their preparation for the National Championships.

The first few weeks start off at a relatively light intensity and will build slightly, volume is the main thing that will increase across the first 4 weeks (ie. number of training sessions will increase opposed to the intensity of sessions). The plan starts with relatively low intensity, but don’t worry, there is lots of intensity to come in the second half of the program. It’s very important not to go too hard early, make sure to take into account the suggested RPE’s for every session.

General Four-Week Training Program

Athlete Categorisation

Athlete Categorisation


Athlete categorisation is a national framework to identify athletes with the greatest potential to contribute to the Australia’s high-performance targets. Athlete Categorisation will be used to inform the prioritisation of support to athletes in support of these targets. 

The support provided to athletes as a result of the categorisation process enables athletes to pursue a commitment to performance excellence. Importantly to be prioritised for support, an athlete must demonstrate potential for future success – past results alone will not ensure support. 


Modern Pentathlon’s Talent Pathway approaches the talent pipeline with a broad focus to include all aspects of athlete development. The Pathway aims to ensure athletes and coaches are exposed and supported through the full continuum of development along the FTEM Talent Pathway Model. 

To support our athletes within the Pathway, we want to tailor the assistance appropriately to the athlete’s local environment. The pathway programs are delivered through multiple mechanisms that are development focused. These include collaboration and education with local coaches, and NIM’s.  The primary delivery mechanism for athletes is via coordinated collaboration, online, remote means. 

For more information, contact Kim



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Perceived Exertion

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What it takes to win…

What it takes to win…

Check out this webinar 'What it takes to win', a great performance resource for all athletes. This project was a collaboration between QAS, QUT Centre for Data Sciences, Griffith University and Modern Pentathlon Australia looking at the following topics:...



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MPA secures performance solutions grant

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