GSA School To Host British Schools’ Biathle Championships
Girls’ Schools Association member school, Leweston , is to host the inaugural British Schools’ Biathle Championships for pupils from independent and state schools in June 2014.
The school is no stranger to the sport. It has already hosted three regional Biathle competitions and three of its own pupils recently helped Team GB to bag a series of gold medals at the World Biathle Championships in Limassol, Cyprus.
Nine year old Anya Evans, 10 year old Elektra Covell and 16 year old Victoria Halford put in some great individual performances to help the GB team clinch gold in 14 of the possible 20 age categories. Although international representation was a new experience for Elektra and Anya, it was not a first for Leweston Sixth Former Victoria, who has represented Great Britain at the same world championships for the last seven successive years.
Many GSA schools host training camps and competition days for young athletes and Leweston is no exception. In the last year the school has hosted two training camps for Biathle / Tetrathlon / Triathlon which incorporate the sports of shooting, swimming, running, fencing and cycling.
National Biathle coach, Mick Flaherty, said: “It is exciting for me as a coach to enable girls to take up the challenge of Biathle and to help reach their full potential in the sport. I look forward to being able to welcome young athletes from across the UK to Leweston for the first ever National Schools’ Biathle Championships next June.”
Picture: Left to right: Anya, Elektra, GB and Leweston Biathle Coach Mick Flaherty and Victoria at the World Biathle Championships in Cyprus.