About Kate Allenby
Kate Allenby MBE is a British modern pentathlete who competed in two Summer Olympics, taking the bronze medal at the 2000 Games and placing in 8th place in 2004. She has won medals at four World Championships, and after retiring from sport, she became a PE teacher in Bath, England.
- 1994-She switched from tetrathon to modern pentathlon at the age of sixteen after her father suggested she tried fencing. She won the bronze medal at the 1994 Junior World Championship, going one place better during the following year taking the silver medal. Although she initially trained part-time while working as a fitness consultant, she received National Lottery funding in 1997 enabling her to take up full-time training.
- 1998-she claimed her first senior major victory, with individual gold at the European Championships in Moscow. It was the first time in 15 years a British woman had won a major championship title. Allenby then confirmed her status as one of the leading women in her sport by winning her second major title in 1998 at the World Cup Final
- 1999-Whilst ranked as the world number three in her sport in 1999, she won the sporting section of the Cosmopolitan Woman of the year Awards.
- 2000-Competing for the British team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Allenby won a bronze medal in modern pentathlon with team-mate Steph Cook taking the gold.
- 2001-In 2001, she was part of the British Women's Team that achieved the unique feat of a clean sweep of gold medals in the sport's major championships.Injury saw her miss the 2002 season but she returned to competition in time for the 2003 World Championships in Pesaro, Italy, where she won individual bronze, adding the individual silver medal at the following year's World Championships in Moscow.
- 2004-At the 2004 Games in Athens she finished eighth in the Modern pentathlon competition.Having been in second place during the swimming event, an unfit horse saw her drop down in the rankings in the Show Jumping phase. After the final event, the 3000 metres, she congratualated her team-mate Georgina Harland who staged a comeback to take the bronze medal.
- 2008-Allenby ended her Modern Pentathlon career by winning her second World Cup Final title, in Darmstadt, in her final competition. After retirement she continued to compete in fencing, becoming British champion in 2005.She retired completely from professional sport prior to the 2008 Summer Olympics.
- 2009-In 2009 she was one of a number of athletes to travel to Iraq to take place in a conference in the Kurdistan Autonomous Region in the hopes of kick starting the sports policy in the area.She has continued to be involved with Modern Pentathlon.
- 2012-When London became the host city for the 2012 Summer Olympics, Kate was chosen to be the Director of the Fencing discipline for the Modern Pentathlon event at the Games.The Fence element of ModPen was held at the "Copper Box" at Olympic Park, before handing over to the Swim element at the Aquatics Centre, and then on to Greenwich Park for the Ride, and Combined Run and Shoot and finally Medals Ceremony.