Max Esposito may be just 16 years old, but he is no stranger to the Olympic Games. Both his sister and his father are Olympians, having competed in modern pentathlon at the London 2012 and the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games respectively. And now, the promising teenager is hoping to make his own Olympic mark as he has qualified for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games (YOG), next summer.
Ranking as the first Oceania finisher in a recent Asian and Oceania YOG qualification event and subsequently securing his spot for Nanjing 2014, Max said of his achievement: “I am very happy with my performance […] and very satisfied for my first ever international competition.” He added: “I feel very privileged to represent my country in a sport that not many people know about even though it celebrated 100 years at the Olympic Games in London in 2012.”
Modern pentathlon is a sport comprising five events: fencing, freestyle swimming, show jumping, and a final combined event of pistol shooting and 4x800m runs. The young Australian explains that modern pentathlon “runs in the family”. After all, Max’s sister ranked seventh at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and his father was selected for two Olympic Games in the 1980s.
“I get lots of advice from my family; and training with my sister is a great help,” he said. “But it is a sport that you have to do the work all on your own. ‘If you want something done properly do it yourself,’ is what Mum and Dad always say.”
Eager to embark on his own Olympic journey, the teenager says the Youth Olympic Games next August “are very important to me” and he hopes they will “be the stepping stone for future events to come.”
To learn more about Max’s modern pentathlon journey ahead of next year’s YOG, check out the full story on www.olympics.au.