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Leek schoolgirl qualifies for national biathlon

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 18, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

Abbie Fryer-Winder gets ready to compete in the British Schools Biathlon Championships.

Abbie Fryer-Winder gets ready to compete in the British Schools Biathlon Championships.

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A young schoolgirl has qualified for the British Schools Biathlon Championships.

Abbie Fryer-Winder, aged 10, of Newtown, Longnor has won a place in the finals after taking part in a series of Biathlons where she finished in the top three which ensured her qualification.

The Biathlon involved a swimming sessions and then a run. They are held at different times and then the two times are added together.

The championship final event will be held at the Olympic Park in London on Friday, April 4.

Abbie, who attends St Edward's Church of England Academy in Leek, said: "I am really excited when I knew I had gained qualification for the British Schools Biathlon Championships, especially as I knew I would be able to swim in the Olympic Pool.

"I am now really looking forward to the event and travelling to London."

Headteacher of St Edward's, Liz Clarke, said: "The Academy are exceptionally proud that Abbie has shown the resilience needed to reach this level of competition.

"We encourage all our pupils to take part in community sport and she is a very valued member of our successful School Cross Country team who won the county finals. We wish her all the best for the event."

Abbie's mum, Heather Fryer-Winder, said that the family was very proud of Abbie's achievement.

She said: "We are very proud that Abbie has qualified for the British Schools Biathlon Championships.

"The school has supported her all along the way.

"We were surprised, but very happy when she came in as one of the top qualifiers.

"Abbie took part in a series of Biathlons and finished in the top three which earned her a place to go to the finals.

"I will now be going down to London with her during the event.

"This will consist of a swim in the Aquatic pool and run on the concourse leading up to the Olympic Pool.

"The events are done separately at different times and not one after the other."

Abbie, pictured right, is a member of Leek Swimming Club.

She is now preparing for her next few week's of training ready for the championships.

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