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Whether shes running or swimming, Rossall Junior School pupil, Emily Mc Neill, eats up the miles and the medals, and at the tender age of ten is already a British Biathle champion and number two in her age group in world competition.

Emily, of Cleveleys, is a remarkable competitor in the Biathle, which is the early years athletics competition for budding Pentathletes: incorporating a 500m run, 50m open water swim and another 500m run in one continuous event. The star junior athlete of the Fleetwood independent school is already British Girls Biathle Champion in her age group and in November she earned a silver medal in the 14th Biathle World Championship in Dubai in the Youth E event and also helped Team GB to win a silver medal in the team event.

But, Emilys not one to rest on her laurels, because since her return from the Gulf shes swept the board at the Blackpool Aquatics Amateur Swimming Club Championship, winning all ten events and setting club record times in the 400m freestyle, 50m & 200m breaststroke. As a result, shes now been approved for entry into the Blackpool Council Excellence Programme for elite athletes and is now a step, and a stroke, nearer to achieving her ambition of one day competing at the Olympics in the Modern Pentathlon.

Rossall Junior School head, Katie Lee believes Emily has what it takes to compete at the highest level. She commented: Emily is an extremely gifted athlete, but she also realises that success comes from hard work and practise, which is mature for someone of her age.
I hope she continues to progress, because as were the regional training camp for the Team GB Pentathlon squad, shes in the right place to tap into the very best coaches in the sport.
To be honest, I think she has all the attributes to be a senior world and Olympic champion. Theres obviously a long way to go and one doesnt want to load pressure onto young shoulders, but the signs are positive and well give her all the support we can to help her achieve her goals.

Published: January 30 2013

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