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Bablake boys power through to junior biathlon semi-finals.

SEVEN Bablake boys have won their way through to the National Semi Finals of the Junior Schools Biathlon Competition staged at Macclesfield later this month.

The squad of Jack Crinigan, George Parker, Xander Bennett, Kieran Thomas, Conor Jelly, Ethan Sohal and Lucas Bennett, who have been training hard throughout the past 12 months, are eagerly awaiting their chance to show their talents at the higher level in a sport that combines running and swimming.

Since January last year, the West Midlands Modern Pentathlon Association has been holding regular training sessions at Bablake for young athletes and swimmers from across the West Midlands. Coaches from City of Coventry Swimming Club and Coventry Godiva Harriers have put the children through their paces and this new venture is clearly paying off for the Bablake boys and other local children who train at the school.

Bablake Junior has a strong running tradition and its pupils often compete successfully at the Coventry Schools Cross Country events. The addition of swimming training further allows its youngsters to unlock their potential. Shooting, also part of the Modern Pentathlon, will be introduced over the coming months.

Headmaster Neil Price said: "I'm delighted with the children's endeavours. Competing in running and swimming separately is tough, but combining the two takes real commitment. I am pleased to see our pupils displaying such determination."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 6, 2012
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