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Biathlon puts Chester's Queen's Lower schoolgirls through their paces

PUBLISHED: 08:59 09 November 2012 | UPDATED: 22:19 20 February 2013

Year 5 girls finishing their Biathlon on the Lower School field (L-R) Freya Ainsworth, from Wirral, Abigail Anwyl, from Rhyl,  Saskia Ball, from near Chester  and Sasha Audas from Chester.

Year 5 girls finishing their Biathlon on the Lower School field (L-R) Freya Ainsworth, from Wirral, Abigail Anwyl, from Rhyl, Saskia Ball, from near Chester and Sasha Audas from Chester.

Pupils from Chester's Queen's Lower School were put through their paces by a team of experts looking for future stars of the modern pentathlon.

Pupils from Chesters Queens Lower School were put through their paces by a team of experts looking for future stars of the modern pentathlon.

The girls, aged from seven to 11, took part in a time trial biathlon at the Lower School site, using the schools facilities of swimming pool and outdoor space. The girls competed in an appropriate format, as set out by Pentathlon GB, the governing body of the sport.

As well as spotting future stars, the event was sponsored to raise money for the bursary fund and the playground. A number of means-tested bursaries are currently available for girls entering Queens Senior School and Sixth Form if they meet the entrance requirements.

The biathlon was organised with the help of Chester Academy, which is based at Chester Racecourse and is a not-for-profit multi-sports and health club which promotes the Modern Pentathlon as a sport.

Modern pentathlon includes swimming, running, fencing, horse-riding and shooting. The Queens School has a very successful riding club and fencing clubs at both the Lower and Senior Schools. The Lower School Open Day, on Saturday November 10th, is an opportunity for parents of both Reception and Year 3 prospective pupils to find out more.

Felicity Taylor, Head of the Lower School, said: The girls had so much fun and, with the pool on site, it was great to be able to give them the experience of quick transition from one discipline to the next.

We had a few issues with the school chickens wanting to join in the run, but the girls saw them off!

Chester Academys Chief Executive Clare Wilson said: We were very impressed with the standard of both swimming and running at the event. Given that Queens also has a strong background in fencing and horse-riding, it makes me very optimistic for the future of the sport locally.

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