A hectic training and academic schedule is set to get even busier for multi-event athlete Sophie Pedlar after she was selected for an elite training camp.
Sophie, from Eastwell, was one of just 10 girls selected for the British Pony Club Tetrathlon training course over Easter at Bishop Burton College, in Yorkshire.
The 16-year-old competes in both Pony Club tetrathlon – cross country riding, 1500m running, swimming and shooting – as well as the Olympic discipline of modern pentathlon riding which involves running 1600m, shooting, swimming 200m and fencing.
Sophie’s invitation came on the back of an excellent debut at last year’s British Youth Modern Pentathlon Championships where she finished 10th. She will be one of the youngest athletes at the camp.
Sophie said: “I’m thrilled to be selected. It will be great to have expert coaching on my shooting, swimming, running and riding as well as input on competition management and helping me get the most out of my training programme.”
Sophie was named the Melton Times Junior Sportswoman of the Year last June and has enjoyed more excellent form since then.
She swims four times a week with Melton Mowbray Swimming Club, runs, shoots and fences with Five Boroughs Pentathlon Club at Bingham, fences with Frisby Fencers, and also rides and shoots with the Belvoir Hunt and Quorn Hunt Pony Club branches.
In her few remaining hours of precious spare time, Sophie can be found working on her strength and conditioning at the gym after Everyone Active gave her free membership.
She added: “Since placing fourth in the British Pony Club Championships last summer, I’ve been working hard with all my clubs on all my phases as it’s tricky training for so many events.
“My weeks are pretty busy with about 17 hours training alongside doing my GSCEs this year.
“I have lots of help from my family and all my coaches, but I’d also like to thank the LRS #GOGOLD scheme, which supported me last year with a podium award which helped me with kit.”