Ashville students break school record for biathlon qualification

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A record number of Ashville College pupils will be competing in the British Schools’ Modern Biathlon Championship finals this year, competing in 100 plus strong boys’ and girls’ competitions.

Six pupils from the independent Harrogate school qualified for the finals of the prestigious national competition after superb performances in preliminary competitions.

The pupils, Joshua Scurrah, James Shackleton, Thomas Linley, Seb Lee, and Elliot Brewins in the boys’ competition, and Charlotte Parris in the girls’, all qualified by way of their place on the national ranking list, achieved through previous competition.

Last year, the school fielded two pupils in the finals, and both Joshua and Charlotte have qualified again this year, having been placed 15th and 23rd respectively last time around.

This year’s final will take place at the London Aquatics Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, on April 5 and 6, the venue where Team GB won three medals at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Duncan Archer, Ashville College’s Head of Swimming and Athletics, said: “Our biathletes have done the school proud in qualifying for this national final. This year six Ashville pupils made it through to the finals – a new record for the school.

“Our talented young swimmers are really looking forward to competing at the Olympic venue, where some of their inspirations, Rebecca Adlington and Michael Jamieson won medals in 2012, and the running section of the competition will take place through the Olympic Park.”

Mr Archer added: “In both preliminary events and last year’s final Ashville has been rubbing shoulders with some of the top swimming and biathlon schools in the country, and we’re looking forward to going head-to-head with them again.

“These performances highlight the dedication and focus of the pupils, plus the links between local clubs that allow Ashville staff to coach and train pupils to such a high standard.”