James Allen's Prep School biathletes win second national title

Senior and middle school athletes from JAGS took on the snow as well as schools from around the country at the British Schools Biathlon Championship, coming away with two team gold medals.

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20th March 2018 — This is the second national title in six months for the athletes from the middle school in who won the Under 10 team race to add to the gold they won at the British Modern Biathlon Championship in November. Athletes from the senior school were also celebrating after winning team gold in the Under 12 race.

The event took place at Crystal Palace sports centre on 17th March and consisted of a 50m swim followed by an 800m run on the athletics track in conditions more suited to the winter Olympic sport with the same name.

Neither the cold nor the snow could freeze the spirits of the energetic schoolgirls as Sophia Sahai, Margaret Forster and Anna Forster worked together to all finish in the top 10 in a field of over 100 competitors; the combined times they achieved were enough to secure team gold by some distance above the second placed team.

After the race, Anna said:

"It feels great to be national champions. You can always win if you try hard, people are always willing to help you but you also have to believe in yourself.

Sophia added:

“It was a great experience and an amazing achievement; we are very proud. We would like to thank our parents and the PE Team for supporting and training us.”

In the under 12s race, Ivanna Tymczyszyn finished just outside the top 10 in a field of 125 competitors and strong performances from her team mates Hannah Sawyer and Erin Cox were enough to earn the school’s second gold medal of the day. They add the national title to the Gold medal they won in the South East regional tournament in October.

The event was organised by Pentathlon GB, the national governing body for the Olympic sport of modern pentathlon in Great Britain.

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James Allen's Preparatory School (Girls 4-11) is a day school in South East London.

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