About the project
Marina Carrier is the current Senior Australian Modern Pentathlon Champion and has been selected to represent Australia at both the Junior and Senior 2017 Modern Pentathlon World Championships in August, in Hungary and Egypt respectively. Marina first represented Australia in Modern Pentathlon at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China (aged 17).
Runner up to Rio Olympic gold-medallist Chloe Esposito in the Olympic trials for Rio in 2015, she has just returned from a tour of Europe representing Australia, coming 5th in the Swiss Women's International, 6th in the German International Championships in a field that included four Rio Olympians and claiming a podium finish with bronze in the Polish International Cup. This debut performance at senior elite international level demonstrates Marina's potential to further excel.
Marina's progress is only limited by the fact that, pentathlon being still a developing sport in Australia, it is very difficult to test herself against other elite pentathletes, as well as having access to international competition being severely restricted by Australia's geographical isolation. These are limitations, however, that can be overcome by funding.
The lessons and experience gained from actively and regularly competing in top-end overseas competitions form the heart of becoming a better athlete, and ultimately, a world-class one. With funding to help cover the costs of international competition as well as the financial burden of six individual coaches (one for each discipline, plus strength and conditioning) Marina can progress from being a homegrown national champion to a homegrown international champion, and secure the pathway to the podium at Tokyo 2020 and beyond.