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Chef Chiller on new Commission

18 December 2013

MODERN PENTATHLON: Kitty Chiller, 2016 Australian Chef de Mission, has been appointed to the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) 'Sport for All' Commission.
 
Chiller, who is also the President of Modern Pentathlon Australia, is one of four members to sit on the new commission under UIPM President Dr h.c. Klaus Schormann (GER).
 
Its design is to engage the wider sporting community to take up Modern Pentathlon, one of the oldest sports in the Olympic Movement. The five-discipline sport (fencing/ swimming/ riding/ shooting/running) was invented by Baron Pierre de Coubertin and introduced to the Olympics at the Stockholm 1912 Games.
 
Modern Pentathlon celebrated its 100th birthday at the London 2012 Olympic Games, but there were suggestions its Olympic future was in jeopardy when the 2020 Olympic program was reviewed by the IOC. The sport survived unscathed, but incidentally now it has created a Commission that is the namesake of an IOC Commission that has existed since 1983.
 
The IOC’s ‘Sport for All’ Commission is based on two pillars: sport is a human right for all individuals; and the promotion of health, education and well-being through sports activities.
 
The UIPM’s ‘Sport for All’ Commission has similar goals. It endeavours to develop Modern Pentathlon globally with initiatives such as providing low-cost equipment to make the sport accessible to all.
 
With Chiller from Australia, Canada’s Angela Ives, Viacheslav Malishev (GEO), Fridah B.M. Shiroya (KEN) and Germany’s Schormann, the Commission will use the expertise across the Confederations to gain insight into each continent.
 
Chiller tweeted that she was “honoured” by the appointment.

Taya Conomos
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