On the 10th November Samantha Murray flew out to Doha to take part in the Modern pentathlon Champion of Champions Event and came away with a great Silver Medal behind the German athlete – Schleu Annika who was ranked 5th in the World.
Samantha spoke to the Club after her event and told us “I was happy to go out to Doha for some warmer weather and a competition for pure enjoyment without expectations. My positive mindset kept me smiling – I won the fence and rode a perfect round in the show jumping on a beautiful dapple grey gelding called Crossfire. I started the combined event in 1st place. After a strong first shoot, I was out in the lead, however took a wrong turn on the run course! As I came back to the course I was back in 3rd! Unbelievable I know! From there I held a consistent pace and shot fine to bring me home in the silver medal position. I was absolutely delighted and felt a sense of pure happiness. Everything is better when you smile. I stayed on a few extra days in Doha to speak at schools. Here I held fencing workshops and answered questions from young children about the Olympics and the Modern Pentathlon. It was an excellent trip”.
Samantha always enjoys going into schools to promote her event to children and Doha was no exception as she led a school class in one of the disciplines involved in the Modern Pentathlon and you can see from the Video how enthused the children were.