On the 10th of March 17-year-old Rhys Lanskey won the Australian senior modern pentathlon title in commanding fashion at his home-city of Brisbane.
Lanskey concluded the full day or competition with a fantastic personal best and international senior qualifying time of 12:40 for the Laser-Run, has understandably got many people excited
“Everyone has been really happy and excited for me,” Lanskey said. “There were some tears of joy as I crossed the line after the Combined Run/Shoot event from my family and Coffs Harbour family, friends and training partners who’ve supported me from the beginning. They’re always in my corner which is a great motivator for me!”
Rather than kick back for a few weeks and enjoy the breakthrough win, he met with his coaches the morning after his dominating win to establish the next set of plans for the talented athlete.
“All of my coaches were there on the day, which is unusual because having five sports and competitions generally not in Brisbane it’s hard for them to see me compete,” Lanskey said.
“For some of them it was the first Modern Pentathlon competition they had seen live, so it was fantastic to share such a great result with them.
“After the initial excitement of winning the open event and getting the qualifying time I was after to be able to compete in China, I met with my coaches and management from QAS the next morning.
“We talked about what were the aims for the future and then arranged to reflect with the coaches on how everything went and how to implement plans to continue to improve for the targeted competitions.”
He did have a lighter week of training post the win before returning to full training of up to 15 sessions a week. His Australian Championships’ performance included a best time in the pool, a solid day on the fencing piste and a clear round of show jumping before his brilliant run-shoot. But he knows there is no escaping the hard work to become internationally competitive in fencing and continue to improve in the other disciplines.
“My first goal for 2019 is to get stuck into my training because I only finished Year 12 last year and started full time training with the Queensland Academy of Sport after graduation,” Lanskey, who is relishing the ‘amazing opportunity’ at the QAS said.
“I’m pretty new to Modern Pentathlon so I actually really enjoy and look forward to training and learning more about my sport.
“I’ll be competing in the Junior World Championships in Poland and the Under 19 Youth Championships in Bulgaria July.
“My ultimate aim is to compete in the Asia/Oceania Championships in China in November. This competition also doubles as the Olympic Qualifier for Tokyo 2020 so I will be doing everything I can to get there and give it my best shot.”
Lanskey is aiming to be on the start line in China with Rio Olympian Max Esposito, who missed Nationals due to injury. The top placed finisher from Oceania at the qualifier in November will achieve Olympic qualification for Tokyo in 2020.
When he is not training, or working on the family property, or studying for his Associate Degree in Business at the University of Queensland he ‘hangs out with my friend and go for a ride on my Campdrafting horse ‘Limo’.
Lanskey is dedicated and has plenty of talent. He knows the hard work now will give him the best chance of success overseas in 2019.
“I’m really happy with how things are going and I’m looking forward to more competitions!”
Andrew Reid for Modern Pentathlon Australia