Nicolas to Represent GB at European Championships
20 King's Hall athletes travelled to Dorset last weekend to take part in the South West Biathle and Triathle Relays. With each year group forming a team of 3, the children took part in a series of races, fighting off competition from over 14 competing teams.
All of the pupils performed exceptionally, with Year 4 boys, Theo Bennett, Theo Sherridan and Nicolas DuToit placing first out of 16 teams!
Nicolas also won the Under 11 Triathle, as a result of which he will represent Great Britain when competing in the European Championships later this summer.
The nine year old, who is a keen runner and swimmer, became involved in biathle and biathlon competitions after the school decided to enter these events for the first time last year.
Nicolas took part in his first Biathle competition this time last year at Leweston School, of which he won. Since then, he has continued to have great success in other biathle and biathlon competitions.
In March, he finished 12th nationally in the British School Biathlon Championships at Crystal Palace.
The young athlete has a hectic schedule of activities, all of which contribute to his preparation for the triathle. On Monday evenings, he attends swimming club, while on Friday he attends the Pentathlon Club at King’s College. This involves one hour of swimming training, followed by another hour of running, laser shooting and fencing, organised by former England Pentathlete, Lydia Rosling.
Nicolas also attends Athletics Club at school and is a member of Taunton Vale Hockey Club.
Last weekend, after the first shoot, he was in last position and worked incredibly hard, clawing back a few places with each discipline until the final run, where he managed to take the lead and fend off a fellow athlete in the final sprint finish.
Anna Hardy, his athletics coach at King’s Hall, said: “Nicolas has a real talent for multi-events and this was clear to see when he won the first ever biathle competition he took part in last year.”
“He has continued to go from strength to strength, due to the hard work he puts into his training and we are so pleased for him that he has earnt this opportunity to represent GB at the European Championships.”
A huge congratulations to all pupils who took part in the relays. The event's strong competition meant each race was a test of bravery as well as of athletic ability.