Marina Carrier first began training for Modern Pentathlon when she lived in England in 2010 at age 13, despite having never trained in any of the five disciplines! She fell in love with the sport and the rigours of training, and within a year had qualified for the British Youth Nationals in Triathlon (swim, run, shoot).
Upon returning to Sydney at the end of 2010, Marina took a break from pentathlon due to the difficulty of pursuing it in Australia, and instead choose to focus on her academic studies and participate in a wide range of school sports, representing SCEGGS in Cross Country, Athletics, water-polo, swimming, hockey, soccer and tennis, as well as being SECGGS’ first ever representative at State Triathlon. This fostered an innate love for sport, which has only grown over time- and it still growing to this day.
At the end of Year 10 Marina was introduced back into modern pentathlon by her now training partner Ed Fernon, and went on to qualify for the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in Year 12. Concurrently, she worked hard in her HSC to get into her university course of choice- Medical Science at Sydney University.
Since school Marina progressed through the Junior/U21 levels, and went on to represent Australia in International Championships and World Cups at the Open/Senior level. In November 2019, 4 weeks off crutches, Marina competed in the Asia/Oceania trials for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and gained qualification for the Tokyo Olympics.
Throughout this time, Marina has represented Sydney University at State and National levels in Fencing, Athletics and Swimming, as she simultaneously studies her Medical Science degree part-time alongside training and competing.
Most notable achievements and involvements in sport include the following:
- Pierre de Coubertin Award Recipient, 2013
- 2014 Australian Youth Olympic Team
- Australian Shadow Olympic Team for Rio 2016
- Recipient of Sydney University “Blue” Award (the highest sporting honour at the University of Sydney), 2016
- Active member of Sydney University Athletics Club, Sydney University Fencing Club, Sydney University Swimming Club
- Finished final Junior International season ranked #7 in the world (2017)
- Oceania Champion, 2017
- 2x Senior Australian National Champion
- 2x times World Cup Finalist
- 3x Polish International Open Bronze Medallist (2017, 2018, 2019)
- Highest Senior World Ranking of 39th in the World (2018)
- Selected as part of the Australian team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games