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Seventh for Joe in British Modern Biathlon – now he wants top three place next year!

Student Joe Groves secured a national top 10 place when he competed for Havering Sixth Form College in the British Schools & Colleges Modern Biathlon championships.

Joe’s 7th place was a tremendous achievement considering he was one of only 3 competitors in the top 7 who attend state schools or colleges. The others were all from independent fee paying and boarding schools.

But not content with his success – and being the highest placed in the competition from any schools in the local area – Joe, 17, from Upminster, is now back in training and aiming to get a top 3 place next year.

His mum, Laura Groves, said: “Joe had come 9th in the competition last year so he was pleased to have beaten his personal best. But he had been ill the week before the competition with a heavy cold and he wasn't able to train so he was very happy with the results.”

The Under 17s Modern Biathlon comprises a 200 metre swim and a 1,600 metre run. It is the combined score in both events that decides where an athlete is placed.

Joe trains six or seven times a week, balancing his studies at College and his work as a part-time Lifeguard at the new Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre in Romford.


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