27th February 2011

Seven young athletes who are all members of Atlantis Horsham SC will be competing for their schools at the Schools Biathlon Championships at Crystal Palace on 27th March.

The championships are organised by Pentathlon GB, the national governing body for modern pentathlon, and provide an opportunity for young people to participate in multi-sport competition in an enjoyable, safe and competitive environment.

4500 pupils have taken part in the qualifying rounds and some 750 young people from over 250 schools will contest the finals.  Year 5 to 7 pupils compete over a 50m swim and 500m run, while years 8 to 13 contest a 100m swim and 1000m run.

The 7 Atlantis girls shone at the semi-finals that took place at Crystal Palace on 13th February.  They all showed their sporting talent on land as well as water.

Brighton College Year 5 pupils Maddie Carey and Jess Matlock propelled their team to a score of 6804 points, coming second from the ten schools competing and qualifying for the finals.

Year 6 girl Kate Windle helped St Catherine’s Bramley to a team score of 6930 points to come second in their age group.  Leah Clarke of Brighton College, competing as an individual, compiled 2306.  Both qualify for the finals.

In year 8 Bethany Matlock and Bethany Clarke helped their Brighton College team to a 5th place finish, while Ella Windle’s St Catherine’s Bramley team came 7th in this hard-fought group.  All three girls qualify for the finals as individuals.

Atlantis Head Coach Bill Penny said:  “It is tremendous that seven Atlantis swimmers have qualified for the finals of the Schools Biathlon.  Swimming is a great sport in its own right, but it also offers a tremendous foundation for other sports, not least in terms of fitness.  I wish them all well for the finals”.