SWGS sweep to victory at Schools Biathlon Qualifier
Last weekend 13 SWGS pupils took part in the National Schools Biathlon Qualifier held at Bath University. The event which has grown in popularity over the past few years is now so competitive that the Modern Pentathlon Association this year decided to hold regional qualifying rounds of which this was the 2nd - it drew upon schools from Avon Gloucester and Wiltshire.
The competition requires each competitor to both swim and run as fast as possible over a stated distance - the swim being 100metres and the run 1,000metres -points are then awarded on a sliding scale based around an optimum time. All SWGS girls performed exceptional well on the day which was very cold and windy and the results were fantastic!
The school were able to field 3 full teams in years 8, 10 and 11 and individuals in years 9, 12 & 13.
The year 8 team of Sarah Croager, Becky Esdaile, Georgie Holman and Phoebe Kalik produced personal bests in the run and in the swim to gain a well deserved 2nd place on the podium with Phoebe coming individually 3rd overall and Georgie taking 11th place with Becky 14th - this puts the girls at the top of the ranking list with an excellent chance of going through to the semi finals.
Sophie Kalik, SWGS only year 9 competitor produced a magnificent pb in the run to take her to first place before the swim -she then swam a pb to hold onto a great win for the school and a place in the semi -final.
The gauntlet was cast and our year 10 girls rose to the challenge with a tremendously impressive run by Bryony Osbourn to win the best run medal in her year. Her team mates of Hannah Croager and Ellie Wolverson followed up with an equally impressive swim which saw Ellie win and the team take 1st position with Ellie on her debut taking 4th place individually.
The year 11 girls had a great deal to live up to and they did not disappoint - Nicole Esdaile who had been off with a chest infection all week produced a gusty running performance coming forth to Louise Davidson who ran a personnel best finishing second to Emily Kalik who produced a seasons best time of 3.18secs ensuring the team went into the swim in a very strong position. The girls were magnificent in the pool with all the SWGS supporters cheering they came home in fantastic fashion with Nicole 1st in a time of 1.04 Louise hot on her heels in 2nd -1.05 and Emily 3rd in 1.07. The girls all took podium finishes - Emily 1st Louise 2nd and Nicole 3rd!
The team were delighted to win and produced one of the highest scores in the competition of 6444 points! Finally our two year 12 &13 girls Gabriella Pountey and Alexandra Richards produced another excellent performance for SWGS- finishing 4th-and 7th respectively with great personal achievements' across the two events.
All in all it was a great day of team spirit and camaraderie and everyone is now looking forward to the semi-finals with the chance of a going onto Crystal Palace for the Championships next year!