The Princess Royal will officially open this year’s Modern Pentathlon European Championships. Princess Anne, who competed at the 1976 Olympics and is now President of the British Olympic Association, will attend the five-day tournament on Thursday, 28 July to unveil a commemorative plaque at a special ceremony.

She will also be given a tour of Medway Park, the regional centre of sporting excellence, based in Gillingham.

Medway Park is the result of an £11million transformation of the former Black Lion leisure centre and has a new 12-court multi-use sports hall, an eight-lane athletics track and a modern gym.

Medway Park is also an official training camp for the Olympic Games and can cater for 13 Olympic and eight Paralympic sports. Barbados and Senegal have already signed up and the Portugese trampolining squad will use the neighbouring Jumpers Rebound Centre.

This year’s Modern Pentathlon European Championships take place from Thursday, 28 July to Monday, 1 August.