Millfield Prep's Modern Pentathlon squad had a busy summer full of international and domestic competitions. The team continued to fly the Millfield flag over the holidays as they gained valuable experience.
European Championships, Germany (by parent, Emma Dowden)
Whilst the majority of pupils and parents were navigating Glastonbury Festival and heading into the final week of term, an eight-strong Millfield Prep contingent were travelling to Erding, Germany.
Having been selected for Team GB and Ireland at the Modern Pentathlon European Championships, Raffie B, Kruze F, Eva D, Lois M, Polly W, Elsie S, Hope L (Ireland) Ruby B and Iona M were ready for an unforgettable experience.
The team arrived to start training ahead of six events: Biathle, Triathle, Laser Run and mixed relays for all three disciplines.
The children all wore their nation's kit with pride, recognising the privilege of the opportunity and the enormity of the occasion of a European Championships. All of the athletes did themselves and the school proud, returning with medal success and some fantastic memories and shared experiences.
The Millfield parent contingent quickly formed a support group dealing with logistics, changing timetables, catering, transportation, recreational activities and of course, general entourage duties.
We had all the weather from a heatwave to rain, 6.30am registration times at the competition venue, lots of smiles and fun as well as the occasional fraught moment!
At the end of the week, parents could breathe a sigh of relief and reflect on individual and team success, friendships made and strengthened, lifelong memories cemented for the athletes alongside learnings and all while being ambassadors for Millfield.
Congratulations to all of our athlete’s that attended the European Championships, an incredible experience and memories that will last a lifetime.
GB Biathle Series, Salford Quays (by Mrs Bodman)
Heavy rain seemed to be the theme of the day in Manchester for the Biathle World Qualifier Championships in July. Our U13 pupils braved the conditions first with a continuous 400 metre run, followed by a 50 metre swim and 400 metre run to finish. Kruze F finished an impressive race in 2nd position, qualifying for the World Championships in Bali. Hugh M finished in 13th position.
The U13 girls were not to be outdone, with a triple Millfield threat of Lois M 1st, Polly W 2nd and Eva D 3rd, with Bea Soper claiming the last qualifying place for the World Championships, finishing in 6th position.
The challenge increased for Ruby B and Iona M at U15, both competing a year younger for their age group and having to complete an 800m run, 100m swim, finishing with another 800m run. Ruby finished in 4th position and Iona in 6th, both qualifying for the World Championships.
GB Triathle Series
Congratulations to the following pupils who qualified for the Triathle World Championships in Bali:
U11 Boys - Raffie B, U13 Girls - Lois M, Eva D, U15 Girls - Ruby B, U15 Boys - Mateo S E, Hunter K, Alex T (Reserve)
All of our athletes can be extremely proud of their efforts this summer. There were some fantastic performances and memories made. Focus and preparation has been quickly set on 2023-24, where we look ahead to another exciting year.