Gainsborough youngsters enjoy biathlon success

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Gainsborough’s Parish Church Primary School has continued their recent success in the sport of biathlon with super results at the East Midlands Schools’ Biathlon Championships this month.

A total of 12 pupils, ex-pupils and staff descended on Nottingham’s recently built premier swimming pool and updated athletics track to take on the best swimmers and runners in the region.

The primary aged children and teacher John Anderson warmed up in the brand new 50m pool before being timed over 50m to gain them their first set of points.

Competitors achieving the expected time set by the organising body Pentathlon GB gain 1000 points, anything faster gives you more points and anything slower less points.

Parish honours included U10’s Boys champion, U10’s Boys 3rd place, U10’s Boys Team winners, U11’s Boys second place and Mmale teacher’s champion.

Two of their former pupils invited as part of the school team were U12’s Boys champion and U14’s Girls third place.

These results were then fed into the national database and this has led to even more success for Parish with them finding out this week that Joshua Jones, Lewis Shillito and Zak Scott have been selected to take part in the British Biathlon Championships in Birmingham at the end of November.

The school also have their fingers crossed that some of their children have qualified for the British Schools’ Biathlon Championships in London in March.

U10 Boys’ Champion and Parish pupil Joshua Jones said: “I looked at the results and was pleased with my points score being over 2,000 and then it was pointed out to me that I had got the overall highest score so I was jumping for joy.”

Teacher John Anderson praised the children, saying: “They fully deserve this success; all those lunchtimes running around Levellings field with school and working with Gainsborough Dolphins have paid off.

“We also managed to get Queen Elizabeth High School to bring a team this year and some of our ex-pupils from Huntcliff School as well so Gainsborough were well represented.

“It is great to see Gainsborough and Parish children excelling at two sports and reaching national standards.”