Parish kids get a taste of the Olympics

Pupils and teacher John Anderson at Parish Church School in Gainsborough are off to London to take part in Schools Biathlon finals

Pupils and teacher John Anderson at Parish Church School in Gainsborough are off to London to take part in Schools Biathlon finals

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A group of local schoolkids and their teacher are set for an Olympic experience in London in April.

Parish Church Primary School have received confirmation that a talented bunch of pupils and teacher John Anderson will visit the Olympic Park, after qualifying for this year’s British Schools Biathlon finals.

The youngsters will swim in the Olympic swimming pool and run along the concourse between the pool and the athletics stadium.

The very best youngsters in the whole of the country will gather for a once in a lifetime experience, as they compete in a 50m swim and 800m run.

Last year the school’s Lydia Smith reached the national finals, then held at Crystal Palace.

And her success has inspired the current crop of biathletes.

Pupil Nathan Woodhead said: “I have tried really hard with my running and it has paid off.”

“I can’t wait to dive into the pool they used at the Olympics in 2012.”

Teacher John Anderson is over joyed for the children.

“They have done incredibly well and the whole school is so proud of them,” he said.

“I will be telling them to enjoy the whole experience and just soak in the atmosphere.”

“I know they will do well and they’ll certainly be less nervous than me.”

Parish excelled at the British Biathlon Championships in Solihull, after qualifying through their success at Bingham back in September.