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Sherborne schoolgirl helps Great Britain win biathle gold in Dubai

By Western Gazette - Sherborne  |  Posted: December 01, 2012

Sherborne's Victoria Halford at the World Championships in Dubai

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A Sherborne schoolgirl has secured her second gold medal for Great Britain in a year.

Leweston School pupil Victoria Halford, 15, helped Great Britain win the gold medal in the U16 team event at the World Biathle Championships in Dubai earlier this month.

The event consisted of a 1,000m run, 200-metre swim, followed by another 1,000m run. The British team took home 21 individual and 11 team medals, putting them top in the medal table – their best-ever performance.

Last year Victoria brought home a gold medal for team GB. This was her sixth successive year representing Great Britain at the World Championships where she first competed in the U10 category.

National coach, Mick Flaherty, who accompanied the team to Dubai, has been the biathlon, swimming and modern pentathlon coach at Leweston since September.

He said: “It has been a pleasure to work at Leweston with some outstanding athletes such as Victoria – who I have been coaching since she was ten. To be more directly involved with her coaching programme at school and with other up-and-coming athletes who have the talent and opportunity to follow in her footsteps is a rewarding experience.”

Earlier in the year Victoria was selected for the pentathlon GB England talent pool programme.

This is the first formal stage of the talent development pathway for athletes in the sport of modern pentathlon.

Mr Flaherty will be running a pentathlon/triathlon training camp for ten to 18 year olds between April 8 and 13, 2013, at Leweston School.

Contact the school for more information.

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