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BIATHLE: Leweston trio fire GB to Cyprus first
7:20pm Monday 14th October 2013 in Sport
LEWESTON School pupils Anya Evans, Elektra Covell and Victoria Halford assured their status as international athletes by helping Great Britain to finish top of the medal table at the World Biathle Championships in Limassol, Cyprus.
The girls went to Cyprus on the back of training sessions with British team-mates and Mick Flaherty, Leweston and national team coach, at their school.
And their hard work certainly paid off with the girls putting in some great individual performances to help their country clinch gold in 14 of 20 age categories.
Nine-year-old Evans came eighth in the 10-years-and-under race with Elektra, 10, coming 12th to help the British team win gold.
Year 12 pupil Halford, 16, came fourth in the Under-16 race, which was also won by the British team. Although international representation was a new experience for Evans and Covell, it was not a first for Halford – this was her seventh successive year competing for Great Britain at the World Championships.
In the last year, Leweston has hosted two biathle/tetrathlon/ triathlon training camps for young athletes aged 10 to 18 incorporating shooting, swimming, running, fencing and cycling.
Leweston has also hosted three regional biathle competitions and in 2014, in addition to its Easter and summer camps, the school will be hosting the inaugural British Schools Biathle Champ-ionships on June 22 which will be open to pupils from both independent and state schools.
Flaherty, who accompanied the team to Cyprus, has been the biathlon, swimming and modern pentathlon coach at Leweston since September 2012.
He said: “It has been a pleasure to work at Leweston with some outstanding athletes, some of whom I have been coaching for some years.
“To be more directly involved with their coaching programme at school and with other up and coming athletes who have the talent and opportunity to follow in these girls’ footsteps is a rewarding experience.
“It is exciting for me as a coach to enable the girls to take up the challenge of biathle and to help them 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.”
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