The Sport’s ruling body, the U.I.P.M has confirmed that Ireland’s Natalya Coyle is among 8 Modern Pentathletes who have won ‘Olympic Scholarships for Athletes’ which will help them with funding over the next 2 years in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Thomas DANIEL Austria
Lucie GROLICHOVA Czech Republic
Yasser HEFNY Egypt
Jihan EL MIDANI Egypt
Remigiusz GOLIS Poland
Natalya COYLE Ireland
Viktoria TERESHCHUK Ukraine
Dimitrios MOTSIOS Greece
A delighted , Natalya Coyle, the 20 years old Ashbourne, County Meath native ,who is studying business economics and social science at Trinity College, Dublin said on hearing of the prestigious award: -
“The grant will enable me to get the most out of my training as it covers gym and physio expenses as well as any extra help such as nutrition. “
“I will be able to go to more competitions now. Last year I couldn’t go to Senior Worlds in China as it was too expensive and when I qualified for World Cup final in Moscow I had to go alone. So this year I’m more focusing on competing rather then how worrying over money. The grant also helps with training camps as it covers costs for me to go away training, as I send this I’m in Barcelona for a week of training.”
“I think it’s really going to help us in Ireland as fencing is a relatively new sport the standard is quite low so training isn’t very competitive so going away is really necessary and before it just wasn’t feasible. Also the more competitions I get in the more experience I get!! Hopefully it can help me achieve better results and be a good promotion for Pentathlon in the sporting world and of course in Ireland.”
Meantime Natalya has moved on from the Barcelona training camp and is competing in the latest round of the World Cup in Sassari together with her Irish team mates and has finished in 5th position in the final of the Mixed Relay with Eanna Bailey , the 20 years old Dubliner –an excellent result.