Promising modern pentathlete supported by Fund

The Lord Lieutenant’s Fund For Youth awarded £1,000 to Charlotte Hicks at its recent Grant Panel to support training and competition costs.

Charlotte is a 15 year old Cornish athlete who competes nationally in the modern pentathlon.  The modern pentathlon, an Olympic discipline comprises five different events: fencing, freestyle swimming, equestrian show jumping, and a final combined event of laser shooting and cross country running.

Charlotte comments, “Training in five different sports and competing nationally is hugely expensive but necessary to get to the top of modern pentathlon. This grant has been extremely useful in helping to meet those costs and allowing me to train and compete with the best athletes and coaches from all over the world.  I am extremely grateful for the support.”

Charlotte is currently ranked 2nd in the UK for Under 16 Biathlon (run & swim)  and is the National Pony Club Tetrathlon Champion (shoot, run, swim & ride) and also the British School National Champion for 10m Air Pistol for 2018.  She is on the English Talent Programme for Modern Pentathlon and has progressed from bronze to gold based on her training levels and times recorded at competitions.  Her long term goal is to compete at the Olympic Games.

After winning Pentathlon GB’s under 17 ranking competition in May she was selected for the British Youth Team.  In June she travelled with Team GB to Poland to compete in the Pentathlon Under 17 European Championships, this was her first international competition.  She gained a 14th place, the first member of the British team home.

In early July Charlotte won the British Modern Pentathlon Championships for under 17 years, coming second in the fencing phase and first in the swim, ride and combined laser run. This is her fifth National title.

Charlotte has recently been invited by Pentathlon GB to attend a training camp in Portugal this August with the European team.  Pentathlon GB have recently moved Charlotte onto the Bridging Talent programme, the first step on the World Class Talent Programme.

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