IT’S a big week for Blackpool’s Katy Burke as she embarks on her 2013 season in the discipline of Modern Pentathlon.
The talented all-rounder is over in the United States for the first World Cup competition of the year in Palm Springs.
The British contingent, of which Katy is a key member, left on Sunday for the US.
The squad had a few days to settle in before the competition starts for the men on Wednesday and for the women on Thursday.
Before leaving, Katy said: “I’m looking forward to competing again after a disappointing year last year, but with that behind me and with some solid winter training done I’m ready to get back to competing.”
There was much relief in the GB camp that the sport escaped the axe from the Olympic fold after 2016.
It had been feared that its place was at risk.
Katy said: “It is great news for modern pentathlon that it has secured its place in the 2020 Olympic Games.
“It’s nice to think that the International Olympic Committee recognised our strengths as a sport and the legacy behind it.
“It is also sad for wrestling to be taken out as it would be for any sport taken out of the games and the pinnacle of an athlete’s career taken away from them.”