Modern pentathlon to challenge budget
THE ABACUS beads were hard at work inside the head of my younger daughter.
“That could be the most expensive sport ever,” she said in all seriousness while watching the jubilation of gold-medal winning pentathlete Chloe Esposito after her Olympic Games victory.
Miss 13 punches above her weight when it comes to absorbing a huge chunk of the family budget, with her athletics coaching fees among the cheapest on the totem pole of her costly pursuits.
“Imagine having to own, let alone take with you, a horse, guns and fencing gear, as well as athletics and swimming equipment,” she contemplated, replacing the family AWD with a vehicle the size of a furniture truck.
Just as well Mr Esposito is the coach of both Chloe and younger brother Max, although having him on call would negate his ability to earn an income to fund his talented children’s sporting dreams.
Support crew and bank seem to be the primary function of parents of children with any talent whatsoever and, no matter what she does in her life, I can only be grateful Miss 13 did not appear to take seriously the prospect of becoming a pentathlete.
Mind you, I can picture the outback pentathlon with slight variations to the Olympic variety. For starters, the fencing I picture would not have an epee in sight and would be more likely involve galvanised wire, gates and tension which is completely different from that experienced by contestants of the ilk of the Espositos.
The equine event could involve a cutting competition, but that laser air pistol event would have to stay.
It’s a beauty, especially coming hot on the heels of a run, so the competitors have to be able to hold their puffing long enough to get five clear shots at each time. (I want an electronic thingy like Chloe wore on her headband.)
The swim might have to take the form of the Hell of the West at Goondiwindi (ie in the river) while the run would have to be up some dry gully somewhere, perhaps between the gun club would not be particularly lush.
Even more amazingly, the Olympians compete in this gruelling event in just one day. Track athletes have two days to complete a decathlon.
Hats off to the Esposito family, they’ve done the hard yards for many years and well done to Chloe on winning gold and young Max for finishing seventh.
“That could be the most expensive sport ever,” she said, watching pentathlete Chloe Esposito after her Olympic Games victory.