Verner - Year 9 (joined Millfield Prep School in Year 7)
I chose Millfield because I love sport. I never considered myself an academic. But being part of the Millfield sporting community has taught me discipline which has benefited my academics. There is a strong ethos that academics always come first. I never dreamt that I could be in the top set, which surpassed all my expectations. Millfield has opened so many academic opportunities and experiences for me. The school offers amazing facilities, supportive coaches and a variety in academics, music and sport, as well spending time with like-minded peers from all over the world.
I chose Millfield because I love sport. There is a strong ethos that academics comes first. The balance between academics and sport suits me very well.The coaching and academic team are flexible in accommodating all my activities and interests with an individual programme. All my sports coaches, many of whom I met at the Prep School, made the transition to Millfield so much easier. With such a busy academic and sports programme, it is comforting to know that I have such an understanding team supporting me to be the best I can be.
Days are filled with academics, lunchtime training such as one-to-one fencing, shooting, strength and conditioning, drumming lessons and DT scholarship sessions. Weekends include competitions, Ten Tors and Year 9 outdoor activities. For an outsider the school days might seem long, but it passes very quickly. There are still so many things I wish I had time for; like wall climbing, squash, water polo and sailing, but there are simply not enough hours in a Millfield day.
I never thought I would say that holidays are boring and I just want to get back to school! One of my many highlights has been representing Millfield and Great Britain at the Triathle at the European and World Championships.My love of sport started at primary school, but Millfield introduced me to fencing, riding and shooting, which led me to Modern Pentathlon. One of my many highlights has been representing Millfield and Great Britain at the Triathle at the European and World Championships. I really enjoy team sports, but also pushing myself to see what I can achieve individually. In my opinion there is no other place than Millfield where you have access to so many sports all in one place. My ultimate goal would be to compete at the Olympics! But for now, I am just enjoying and doing the best I can in everything I am involved with. After Millfield, studying anything to do with sport at university would make me happy, but I am also interested in Aeronautical Engineering and Artificial Intelligence.
Verner with OMs Natalya Cole and Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe at the SW Regional Biathlon
Verner has continued to progress his athletic career, he has competed in his first National Youth Ranking event in May 2021 at Bath University, winning the swim and coming second in his shoot/run heat and finishing fourth overall.
In June 2021, he competed in the National Triathle (shoot/run/swim) Championships at Leweston School, finishing 2nd, and also qualified to represent TeamGB. Both the Biathle and Triathle World and European Championships will take place in Weiden, Germany at the end of August and Barcelona at the end of September.
We wish him continued success!
Triathle European and World Championships
Verner competed in the European Triathle Championships in Madeira in summer 2019. He won his heat but unfortunately missed out on a medal place by 1.5 seconds! The U15 Boys’ team achieved 1st place, with Verner being the 3rd fastest U15 GB boy.
There is no other place than Millfield where you have access to so many sports all in one place.
Verner - Year 9