Miguel… and our Youth Olympic Games Team… for Modern Pentathlon!

ModernPentathlon 2ModernPentathlon 2ModernPentathlon 2ModernPentathlon 2Here is an email I got from our new LOST “Team Manager”, Miguel Vadillo… who also happens to be the National Team coach for Modern Pentathlon! 

ModernPentathlon 2We do have an amazing assortment of athletes and sports involved in LOST!!!

Good work Miguel… and all our best to your athletes in Mexico!

(… and because I know you want to look this up… here’s the link!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_pentathlon )

ModernPentathlon_1958705bHi Rob,

I am in Mexico on this qualifier for the youth Olympic Games in China next year for Pentathlon and the Canadian girls did very well. Two of them did not get their direct pass this time but had an awesome performance and got points that make very possible for them to make the Canadian team and I am very proud of them. I have been coaching them just for the last two months and they have done quite impressive things.

I know MP will not be for much longer in the olympic program as it is a sport that for many reasons is in danger of extinction but for now it is a big deal for the kids I am coaching and these kids did great with literally no resources and not much experience!

fencing 2 fencing shooting us and canKali Sayers from Alberta was the best canadian today with a fantastic fencing (she was second) a good swim and a really great combined event (shooting and running) that granted her a 4th place at this Open Pan American invitational championship where Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, USA, Canada, Costa Rica and an european guest, Hungary were represented. 

Hillary Elliott  was the second best canadian 6th place overall with very solid performances in all events. Being only 15 years old she is competing amongst the big shots in the sport at this level.  

Beatrice Cigagna didn’t have the day we were expecting, yet this is only her second major international event and the learning experience has been huge for her.



About LOST Swimmer

I founded LOST Swimming because I like open water swimming and would like to see it grow and thrive in Lake Ontario. I started as a competitive swimmer as a kid and ended up getting as far as a silver medal at Nationals and going to the Olympic Trials in 1988. But I retired after that, I was sick of swimming. So I got into running marathons and have run over 35 to date, as well as a few ultra marathons, including the Marathon des Sables (7 day, ultra across the Sahara Desert). I also kind of fell into triathlons and have done a handful of Ironman tri's too. This gradually got me back in the water and in 2006 I took the plunge and attempted swimming the English Channel. I didn't quite make it across, but the circle was now complete and after 17 years I was a swimmer again! Although I still do plenty of pool swimming, I now much prefer open water swimming and like to say that open water swimming is to pool swimming, what trail running is to treadmill running! As a result I hope to encourage more people to join me for a dip in Lake Ontario as often as we can!
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