Kate Allenby

10 May 2011

Sport/Event >
Modern Pentathlon

Place and Date of Birth >
1974, Great Britain

Height > 177cm

Weight > 72kg

Occupation >
Teacher/Modern Pentathlon coach

Biography >
Won bronze on the final day of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney despite suffering a muscle tear in her shoulder. Placed 8th in Athens despite a valiant cross country had and was unlucky not to win a medal in Athens after drawing a difficult horse in the equestrian phase of the competition.

Enjoyed a decade at the top of Modern Pentathlon. She won bronze at the 1994 World Junior Championships and followed this up with a silver the following year.

When she made the leap to the senior competition in 1996, she placed 6th and also took a bronze in the World Cup. The 1997 European title followed and in 1998 she won the World Cup title and was part of the British team which took world championship silvers in 1998 and 1999.

The year following the Olympics she placed 5th in the individual competition but joined Olympic champion Steph Cook and Sian Lewis to take team gold.

In 2003 she finished 3rd in the World Championships and in her final year of competition she won a silver medal and added the World Cup for good measure.

A specialist fencer she won individual and team bronze at the Commonwealth Championships in 2000 improving to take silver in 2002 . She retired from Modern Pentathlon in 2004 to concentrate on fencing and became national champion in 2005. Kate combines training with her work as a teacher and a modern pentathlon coach and her aim is to compete in London 2012.

Kate’s knowledge and understanding about the demands of elite performance has meant that she has been heavily involved in demand for her services. In 1997 she was elected a member of the British Olympic Association Athletes Commission and in 2003 she was elected Chair.

Kate has gone on to develop her career as a public speaker in which she has become known for her lively and entertaining speeches on a number of topics. Her topics include motivation, fear, team building, stress management and success as a journey not a destination.

Kate’s engaging style has meant that she reaches right across the spectrum from talking to primary children through to the CEO. Her aim is to challenge people to think and work in a way to maximise their abilities throughout their lives.

Profile and photo sourced from British Olympic Association’s British Olymplian’s website.

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