13th November 2019 — Martha, a student at James Allen's Preparatory School, represented Great Britain last month as she travelled to Florida to compete in the Biathle World Championships. She finished an incredible 5th place in her event, and has worked extremely hard on her training over the past few months.
In speaking about the event, Martha said: ‘During October half-term, I travelled to St Petersburg in Florida to compete in the Biathle World Championships, representing Great Britain. I competed in the U11 girls biathle which consists of running 400m, swimming 50m in open water and running another 400m with transitions between each part. At the beginning of the event I felt excited and nervous and hoped I would finish in the top ten. Many countries took part including Guatemala, South Africa, Japan, Germany, America and Thailand. The hardest part of the race was climbing out of the water, transitioning (which involves putting on trainers very quickly) and doing the final run. The water was a little murky but much warmer than swimming in Manchester Quays for the qualifiers. The other bonus of competing in Florida were the dolphins swimming in the marina during morning training. Overall, I came in 5th position and felt very proud of my achievement. At the end of the competition, athletes swap items of kit to remember and share congratulations. I swapped my GB t-shirt for a Guatemala top and my hat for a South African one. Not all of my time in Florida was spent competing, I also visited lots of theme parks in Orlando. They were amazing!’
A huge congratulations to Martha.