BLACKPOOL modern pentathlete Katy Burke is providing The Gazette with monthly progress reports as she targets a place on the GB Olympics team for London 2012.
In her latest article, the 22-year-old from Bispham gets a close look at next year’s Olympic venue ... though this time on the outside looking in.
I HAVE just returned from an altitude training camp in Font Romeu in the Pyrenees mountains.
It was a very successful trip. The coaches worked us hard and at the time we all felt we were dying!
Now I’m back at sea level it seems to have paid off, and now I am feeling great running and in the pool.
The World Cup Final was held recently, and was also the test event for the Olympics next year.
Unfortunately, I didn’t compete as only three were allowed from each country and I was ranked fourth.
I went along to watch and to look at the Olympic venue at Greenwich Park, where the horse-riding and combined event will take place.
The venue is amazing.
It was a tough day watching and knowing that I was ranked higher than 29 other athletes who were competing.
But that is how it goes in British Modern Pentathlon, with so many of us highly ranked.
It is going to be a year of ups and downs for us all – more ups than downs for me, I hope.
One plus from the day was that I did some commentating on the horse riding for TV, which was great fun.
The Great Britain girls performed well, finishing fifth, seventh and 12th.
Next up are the European Championships in Medway, Kent. I’m really looking forward to competing there in front of a big home crowd.
It’s a venue with happy memories for me. The World Cup held there last year was a great success and I finished fourth, equalling my best result in the senior World Cup Series.
The championship there is at the end of this month and I have to dig deep for the next few weeks.
The Euros are an Olympic qualifying event, with the top eight men and women gaining an Olympic place, though only two athletes per gender per nation can ultimately compete in the event at London 2012.
The women’s semi-final is on July 29. with the final two days later.
Finally, I have also joined the world of Twitter, so you can follow my updates at @KT_Burke as I start to tweet.