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4 weeks ago

Samantha Murray

Announcement!

After 16 years as a competitive Modern Pentathlete, I’ve reached a point where I am ready to move on to the next chapter. It has taken a while to make this decision, but I know that I’m ready to pursue new goals in life and hang up my pentathlon kit bag for good!

From a young age, it was my dream to compete at an Olympic Games and represent Great Britain. To have this opportunity to do so on two separate occasions, and bring home an Olympic medal in the process, is something I will cherish forever and for which I am eternally grateful. I’m so proud of what I’ve achieved in the sport especially, my World Championship title. I hope that my achievements have left a legacy that will continue to inspire pentathletes of the future.

As I grew up through the sport, I very quickly found a purpose in life, and it has helped me to become the person that I am today. It enabled me to channel my focus on academics at school and then at the University of Bath where I was able to both train and study for my degree in French and Politics.

For the past 18 months, my intention had always been to return to full training and fitness, ahead of competing in the upcoming World Cup series competitions in 2019, so as to hopefully qualify my place at the Tokyo Olympics. Recently, with the reduction in points awarded to one of my strongest events: swimming and in addition to exciting opportunities that I’ve been offered as I look to the next stage of my career beyond pentathlon, I have made the difficult decision to retire from the sport.

In doing so, my eternal thanks have to go to my pentathlon family: my coach Istvan Nemeth, Deirdre Angella, James Cheeseman, Mark Skimming, Frici Foldes and Jan Bartu who have been there with me throughout it all and without whom I would never have reached the heights I did in the sport. Thanks also to my teammates over the years who have continued to motivate and inspire me to be the best athlete I can be. To the extended pentathlon community, my own family and friends for their unending support, and of course to my mum, for all the support and unconditional love that she has shown and continues to show me, and without whom my dreams would never have been realised.

I’m hugely excited for what the future holds and the next stage of my life, and can only hope that it brings me as much joy as pentathlon has to this point. I guess if there was anything I wanted to pass on from my time in the sport, it would be that you should never let any obstacle get in your way. With hard work there’s always a way to succeed and always a way to achieve your dreams.

As the founder of my sport and of the modern Olympics, Baron Pierre De Coubertin said: “The important thing is life is not the triumph but the struggle, the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”
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