Brother and sister, Malachy Watt (Year 6) and Mya Watt (Year 8) are celebrating their success at the British Schools’ Modern Biathlon Championships, which saw both siblings finish in the top 20 for their age category.
Mya and Malachy competed in a run and swim at the Biathlon Championships, which saw 1500 children from across the UK take part. Impressively, Mya finished 7th out of 83 in the U13 Girls category, while Malachy finished 17th out of 112 in the U11 Boys.
The results at the National Finals came as a pleasant surprise for both siblings and their family, whom had only ever competed in one previous biathlon.
Mya said: “Malachy and I are members of Derventio Swimming Club and recently joined the weekly running club at school. Our teacher, Mrs Moorhouse, encouraged us to enter a biathlon in Nottingham, which we both did really well in and as a result qualified for the National Finals. We’ve only ever competed in two biathlons in our lives, so our family and teachers were over the moon for us! We enjoyed it so much we now want to enter more biathlons and join a permanent running club.”
Mya and Malachy both complete their running training once a week here at Ockbrook. In addition, they complete their swimming training several times a week before school at 5.15am.
Their mother, Amy Watt added: “I am incredibly proud of Mya and Malachy! The pair only joined the school’s running club less than a year ago, and now they are achieving amazing things at the British Schools’ Modern Biathlon Championships against children who have been involved in the sport for much longer.”
The British Modern Biathlon series of competitions are a great starting point for athletes wishing to get involved in an exciting multi-discipline sporting environment. Modern biathlon consists of a separate swim and run for all age groups with the distances depending on the competitor’s age. The British Schools’ Modern Biathlon Championships is a part of the Modern Biathlon Series, a competition for all school age athletes and their teachers, whatever their educational background.