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Hundreds of young athletes enjoy competing at Olympic Park Monday, 7th Apr 2014 Steve Ballinger

Hundreds of young athletes had the opportunity to compete at one of the iconic sporting venues of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games over the weekend.
 
Some 1600 athletes aged nine to 18 took part in the British Schools’ Modern Biathlon Championships at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The event was organised by Pentathlon GB, the national governing body for the Olympic sport of modern pentathlon.
 
The young athletes swam in the inspirational setting of the Olympic Pool at the London Aquatics Centre and ran around a course on Olympic Park.
 
Among the winners from the weekend was Hampshire’s Emily Jenkinson (Peter Symonds College, Winchester), who won the girls’ under-19 title – her eighth title in as many years.
 
Sisters Sabrina (Bromley High School, Kent) and Natasha Sinha (James Allen’s Girls’ School, London) both won their respective competitions, with Natasha taking a fourth successive victory.
 
In the boys’ competitions Millfield School in Street, Somerset entered three team events and came away with three team golds.
 
Other winners came from around the country, including Abingdon, Bath, Blackpool, Dorset, Leeds, Newcastle and Shropshire.
 
And they said they were thrilled to swim in the same pool in which their idols competed at London 2012.
 
As Esme Hughes, winner of the girls’ under-11 title, from Ellesmere College in Shropshire, put it: “I really enjoyed it. I came to the Olympics to watch Michael Phelps and Rebecca Adlington, so to swim in the same pool is so cool.”
 
Some of Britain’s finest pentathletes were on hand to meet and inspire the young athletes, including 2012 world champion Mhairi Spence and 2013 World Championships silver medallist Nick Woodbridge, both London 2012 Olympians, as well as Beijing 2008 Olympian Katy Livingston.
 
Spence said: “The magnitude of the event this weekend was impressive and it’s been great to be part of it. It was lovely that kids have had the opportunity to experience the Olympic Park and swim in the same pool as some of their idols.”
 
Anthony Temple QC, Chairman of Pentathlon GB, said: “This was a fantastically successful event. Pentathlon GB should be proud of its presentation of the event in such an iconic venue.
 
“It has offered enormous pleasure to hundreds of competitors, their teachers, families and other supporters,” he added. “This could only have been achieved with the energy of our staff, our volunteers and the vision of the London Legacy Development Corporation.”
 
Jon Austin, Chief Executive Officer of Pentathlon GB, added:  “It was a brilliant and truly inspirational event. I’m very proud of the staff and volunteers who made sure the championships ran like clockwork.
 
“As far as we’re concerned this is the absolute legacy purpose of the Olympic facilities and we’re proud to have been one of the first sports to have the opportunity to use such an iconic venue.”
 
Some 1600 young athletes took part in the championships at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with the girls competing on Saturday (5 April) and the boys on Sunday (6 April).
 
The younger athletes tackled a 50m swim and an 800m run, while the older age groups swam 200m and ran 1600m.
 
Full results are available from the Pentathlon GB website at https://www.pentathlongb.org/schools/results.php
 
Some of the current crop of Britain’s modern pentathlon team have competed at the championships in the past before progressing to tackle all five disciplines of the modern pentathlon.
 
They include Jamie Cooke, Britain’s 2011 world junior champion, and Joe Evans, who won a bronze medal on his World Cup debut in the USA a year ago.
 
Pentathlon GB is the National Governing Body for the Olympic Sport of Modern Pentathlon, which sees athletes compete in fencing, swimming, riding, and a run/shoot, all in one day.
 
For further information please see the PentathlonGB website at www.pentathlongb.org , like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PentathlonGB or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PentathlonGB
 
Further information about the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is available at http://queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk

Photos (from top): Mhairi Spence and Emily Jenkinson; Sabrina and Natasha Sinha; Ben Pond (under-19 boys' winner); volunteers were invaluable at the championships.

 

Young athletes impress at Olympic Park Sunday, 6th Apr 2014 Steve Ballinger

Young athletes from around the country won titles at the British Schools Modern Biathlon Championships today (Sunday), held at the inspirational setting of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 

The girls competed yesterday (Saturday) and today it was the turn of boys to go into action in a swim in the Olympic Pool at London Aquatics Centre and a run at Olympic Park.
 
The event is organised by Pentathlon GB, the national governing body for the Olympic sport of modern pentathlon.
 
Highlights of the day included a third title in four years for Ben Samuel, a pupil at the Castle Preparatory School in Wimborne, Dorset, and back-to-back titles by Rowan Fuss from Scotts Park Primary School in Bromley.
 
The first winner of the day was Lawrence Martindale, from Monkton Preparatory School in Bath, who won the boys’ under-10s title with the second fastest run and then the second fastest swim.
 
He said: “The run gave me a boost for the swim, it really gave me confidence.”
 
Oliver Bulpett from King’s School in Winchester won the under-12 boys’ competition at his first time at the championships. “I enjoyed it a lot today, especially swimming in the same pool as Michael Phelps did at the Olympics.”
 
Ben Samuel from Castle Court Preparatory School in Wimborne, Dorset, won the boys’ under-13 competition.
 
Ben, who won titles in 2011 and 2012, but finished second last year, took 30 seconds off his 1600m run personal best with a new benchmark of 5:14.32 to come third in the run.
 
“It was a challenge because we were running longer than usual. My swim has always been stronger than my run and I had to run a 30-second pb to win today. It certainly wasn’t a comfortable win.”
 
Rowan Fuss won the boys’ under-11 tittle, his second victory in the championships in as many years. The pupil at Scotts Park Primary School in Bromley, said: “I gave it my best shot today,” he said.
 
The under-15 boys’ title went to Travis Bramley of Ivybridge Community College in Devon. “I left myself quite a lot to do in the run today, but it was good to win it,” he said.
 
William Swain from Boston Grammar School in Lincolnshire won the under-14 boys’ title after a 13th place finish last time. “The run was a big improvement this year, but I’ve been training a lot more. My aim was to get into the top-10, so I’m happy.”
 
Matthew Griffiths from William Brookes School from Much Wenlock in Shropshire set pbs in both the swim and the run to win the boys’ under-16 title after a 15th place finish last year.
 
“I’ve never been fitter than I am at the moment,” he said. “I’m very happy, I couldn't have done any better.”
 
Henry Choong from Whitgift School in South Croydon took the under-17 title. He aims to follow in the footsteps of his brother Joe, a winner last year who now trains at the Pentathlon GB National Training Centre at the University of Bath.
 
“I went into the event ranked first so I was looking to do well today,” he said. “I’d like to thank my coaches at Whitgift School.”
 
Ben Pond, of Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School in Ramsgate, Kent, took the overall under-19 title and the swimming award with a stunning 200m freestyle swim time of 1:58.62.
 
Ben, who represented Great Britain at the GB Youth International in Solihull last month, said:  “I’ve been competing at the Schools Biathlon since 2008 and getting progressively better.
 
“I couldn’t have gone much faster in the run today and I was pretty much on my pb in the swim, but there’s always something you can improve on.”
 
Team titles were won by: Monkton Preparatory School A, Bath (under-10s and under-12s), Busbridge Church of England Junior School, Godalming (under-11s), St Richard’s Catholic College in Bexhill-on-Sea (under-13s), Millfield School in Street (under-14s, under-15s and under-19s) and Arnold KEQMS in Blackpool (under-16s).
 
Some 1600 young athletes took part in the event at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with the girls competing on Saturday (5 April) and the boys on Sunday (6 April).
 
Athletes aged nine to 18 tackled a 50m swim and an 800m run, while the older age groups swim 200m and run 1600m.
 
Some of the current crop of Britain’s modern pentathlon team have competed at the championships in the past before progressing to tackle all five disciplines of the modern pentathlon.
 
They include Jamie Cooke, Britain’s 2011 world junior champion, and Joe Evans, who won a bronze medal on his World Cup debut in the USA a year ago.
 
For further information about the Schools’ Modern Biathlon Championships and full results go to http://www.pentathlongb.org/schools/results.php
 
Pentathlon GB is the National Governing Body for the Olympic Sport of Modern Pentathlon, which sees athletes compete in fencing, swimming, riding, and a run/shoot, all in one day.
 
For further information please see the PentathlonGB website at www.pentathlongb.org , like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PentathlonGB or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PentathlonGB
 
Further information about the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is available at http://queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk
 
For further information members of the media can contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or press@matchtight.co.uk


 
 

Emily lands eighth successive British Schools’ Biathlon title Saturday, 5th Apr 2014 Steve Ballinger

Hampshire athlete Emily Jenkinson won her eighth successive title at the British Schools’ Modern Biathlon Championships at the inspirational setting of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London today (Saturday).