Andrew into biathlon event national final

Andrew Kay from Valley Gardens Middle School has qualified for the national finals of the National Schools Pentatyhlon GB competition.

Andrew Kay from Valley Gardens Middle School has qualified for the national finals of the National Schools Pentatyhlon GB competition.

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A BUDDING athlete from North Tyneside takes his place in the British Schools’ Modern Biathlon Championships this weekend.

Andrew Kay, of Hertford Close, Whitley Bay qualified in his respective categories for a place in the competition, which is being held at Crystal Palace in London on Sunday.

The ten-year-old who attends Valley Gardens Middle School battled it out against 29 fellow pupils at the regional finals in Macclesfield recently, which involved swimming and running.

Andrew is the only pupil in the borough to be taking part in the prestigious national finals.

The youngster, who swims for Tynemouth Swimming Club, has been preparing for the event by training eight hours a week at Tynemouth Pool in North Shields.

Brian Smith, Andrew’s PE teacher, who organised Valley Gardens’ participation in the event, said: “All of the pupils performed brilliantly in Macclesfield and I am absolutely delighted that Andrew has reached a standard worthy of the national finals.”

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

The competition is open to all schools and comprises a 50m swim and 500m run for Year 5 to Year 7 pupils and teachers and a 100m swim and 1,000m run for Years 8 to 12 and 13.