Girls from our school are celebrating their national successes, after winning several titles at the Pentathlon GB’s British Schools’ Modern Biathlon Championships. 

Competition was tough, with over 1600 young athletes taking part in the Biathlon National Championships, held in the inspirational setting of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. The Biathlon competition consists of a run and a swim, and each athlete’s time and position in both events is then converted to points which are added together to give an overall ranking. Sub-heading Jane Brown fought off all the competition in the Under 14 category to gain first place and become the National Champion. She ran 1600m followed by a 100m swim to scoop the National title. “Running and swimming are my two most favourite sports so I really enjoy the biathlon” said Jane. “It was amazing to take part in the competition and swim in the same pool as the Olympic Games, and when I realised I had come first it was breath-taking.”

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Jane Brown fought off all the competition in the Under 14 category to gain first place and become the National Champion. She ran 1600m.

We were also very successful with two of our teams. The Under 17 team – Imogen Bishop, Gaby Smith and Lucy Howarth claimed a national title finishing in 1st position, and the Under 19 team – Amy Larsen, Lucy Pages and Megan Fitzgerald – finished 3rd overall. We were also very successful with two of our teams. The Under 17 team – Imogen Bishop, Gaby Smith and Lucy Howarth claimed a national title finishing in 1st position, and the Under 19 team fhf djhsuky sjaa ajuyuy auy a fghfgf sjuyi ui auyaouy ao.

Mrs Kelly, PE Teacher, at Central High who has been training the teams said: “The key to the girls’ success is hard work, determination, and the amount of time they spend training. All of the girls attend local swimming and running clubs both in and outside of School.” Over 1600 young athletes took part in the Biathlon National Championships, which combine swimming and running, and were held in the inspirational setting of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. Competitors swam in the London 2012 Olympic pool at the iconic London Aquatics Centre and ran on the athletics track just outside the centre. The competition comes less than two years after Britain’s Samantha Murray produced a terrific swim in the same pool en route to winning the silver medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

“The 15 athletes which represented Central Newcastle High School all performed extremely well and we had four top ten individual finishers for the whole competition: Jane Brown as National title winner finishing in 1st place, Lucy Howarth and Lucy Pages in joint  7th and Olivia Katory in 9th place.”

It is part of the Olympic Legacy commitment to host a range of local, regional and national events for both junior and senior school competitors. Anthony Temple QC, Chairman of Pentathlon GB, commented that it was exciting for young athletes from around the country to compete at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, declaring, “It is hugely inspirational for young athletes to have the opportunity to compete in the pool where the world’s finest modern pentathletes battled it out for Olympic medals less than two years ago.”