Castle Court School’s presence at international level in the increasingly popular biathle racing challenge continues. Last year, Jed Skilton won the GB National Youth D category, and came third as an individual and won the team event with team GB at the international finals held in Dubai. This year Ben Samuel takes up the mantle.
Ben, a previous national age group winner at biathlon, took up the challenge of biathle this season and qualified for the international finals that were held in Limassol, Cyprus on 5th October 2013.
Biathle, is a challenging race that sees competitors taking part in a continuous race of run-swim-run of 500m, 50m and 500m.
The event was as expected, very challenging, and Ben did exceptionally well, coming fifth as an individual, and helping the GB team come first in his age category. An enormous success!
Nick Robinson, Assistant Head and Director of Sport at Castle Court commented, “For Castle Court to be represented in the GB Biathle squad two years in a row is a great testament to the hard work of both the children and the specialist coaching team to which all children have access. Ben has worked extremely hard on both his running and swimming and to have two disciplines at such a high level is testament to his dedication and talent.”
Richard Stevenson, Headmaster, added “We are now developing a strong reputation in swimming, biathle and biathlon. It is so exciting for all in the biathle/biathlon squad at Castle Court to see Ben doing so well. The squad has had winners on the international biathle podium before and on the national biathlon podium for three years in a row. With over 22 children reaching the regional biathlon finals this year, Castle Court’s largest squad to date, we look forward to this reputation continuing.”