In what is proving to be the most successful season in the history of modern pentathlon in Britain, Pentathlon GB’s Performance Director, Jan Bartu, has added to the trophy cabinet and has been recognized for his own contribution at a recent UK Sport award ceremony held in Manchester.
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Opening this year’s awards, Jan, who is currently one of the longest-serving Performance Directors in British sport, picked up The Biggest Turnaround or Breakthrough award, for the significant impact he has made since the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.
The 2019 PLx awards, which took place alongside UK Sport’s high-performance conference, aim to celebrate and acknowledge the influence that staff and teams have within the British high-performance system. Receiving this award means a lot to me and the whole team at Pentathlon GB. We have worked hard to improve the culture and cohesion between the coaches and the team and we are now starting to see the results.
As honored as I am to have been named the winner, I’m really accepting this award on behalf of the whole team at Pentathlon GB. That’s not just me, but also the other hard-working coaches, the dedicated support staff and the world-class athletes we work with.
In a year which has seen a remarkable 36 international medals achieved by senior Pentathlon GB athletes, the success has continued at age-group level with medals being achieved at every other major age group championships in 2019 (U24 European Championships, Junior European Championships, Junior World Championships, U19 European Championships, U19 World Championships, U17 European Championships, U17 World Championships).
Sara Heath, Pentathlon GB’s CEO said “Following the challenges that we faced in 2016 in Rio, when we didn’t medal, Jan and his team have worked incredibly hard to turn that around and the award is thoroughly deserved. The whole program is now in a better place, and we’re excited to see how the team continues to develop ahead of Tokyo Olympic.”
Several of this year’s medal-winning athletes and Tokyo Olympic hopefuls will be hoping to continue the run of good fortune as they compete in this weekend’s British Open Modern Pentathlon Championships taking place at the University of Bath this weekend.