BIATHLON: Leweston School girls shine on national stage

Dorset Echo: GREAT PERFORMANCE: Some of the Leweston girls that competed at the Solihull event GREAT PERFORMANCE: Some of the Leweston girls that competed at the Solihull event

LEWESTON pupils excelled at the British Biathlon Championships at the Tudor Grange Sports Centre in Solihull.

Thirteen girls from the school took part in the finals and enjoyed great success representing Dorset Pentathletes.

Leading the charge were Victoria Halford, Rebecca Bowles and Georgie Watson, who beat rivals Millfield by 266 points to claim the under-17 title. Halford also received an individual bronze medal.

Olivia Manson (Year 10) was part of the victorious team who took home gold for the under-15s, and Anya Evans from the Prep School also helped the Dorset Pentathletes to another win, this time in the under-10 team category.

Aoife McCarthy, Amelia Bailey and Connie Reynolds represented Leweston in the under-16s where they finished fourth and were the highest placed school in their age group.

In order to qualify for this event athletes needed to take part in biathlons throughout the country with the top ranked competitors going on to feature in the finals.

There were more than 800 athletes in the various age categories in Solihull.

Leweston GB Biathle coach Mick Flaherty said: “This was a fantastic way for Leweston to round off a successful 2013 season.

“The girls have shown true dedication to the sport and this has been reflected in their impressive achievements.

“After these strong results, we hope to see girls qualifying for the National Schools Biathlon Finals in April 2014, which will take place at the Olympic Park in London.”

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