Personal Background

Name: Elena Arkison
Date of Birth: May 13, 2008
Height: 5’3” (161 CM)
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
City of birth: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Residence: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Language(s) spoken: English

Sport-related Background

Head coach: Joshua Riker-Fox, Darragh O’Malley
Swim coach: Joshua Riker-Fox, Rosario Gajarod
Run coach: Darragh O’Malley, Joel Riker-fox
Riding coach: N/A
Fencing coach: Darragh O’Malley

Interview Questions

When did you start pentathlon and why?
I started pentathlon in 2018. I discovered it because of a conversation my mom and grandmother had.
What do you love about pentathlon?
I love that it isn’t a very repetitive sport because of the variety of sports you have to train and improve.
What is your training schedule?
6 days a week.
What do you consider your strongest pentathlon discipline?
Laser run.
What are your hobbies?
Reading, cooking/baking.
Do you participate in other sports?
I was on the volleyball, badminton, cross country, and track team at my school and participate in recreational sports like skiing with my family.
Are there any other athletes in your family?
Both of my siblings do sports and both of my parents were athletes as children.
Finishing junior high at woodman junior high school.
What career would you like to pursue or are you currently pursuing?
I hope to have a carer in pentathlon. Once that is done I want to be a lawyer.
What career would you like to pursue or are you currently pursuing?
Future goals (in sport & or work)?
I hope to one day go to the Olympics but my main goal is to just become the best at each event that I can be.
What is the greatest challenge you have faced?
Learning how to manage pentathlon, school, chores, and friends was a big challenge as the amount of training I was doing picked up.
What is one of your favorite experiences or memories in your pentathlon career thus far?
I would have to say getting to compete at nationals after the many years of covid.
How has being an athlete benefited you (positive effects in your life that you would not have had otherwise)?
Not only has pentathlon taught me important life skills and how to manage my physical and mental health, but it has also brought so many amazing people into my life that I would never have met otherwise.

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