National podium place for modern penathlete from St Albans

PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 December 2016

Raissa Vickery with her prize from the British Modern Biathlon National Championships

Raissa Vickery with her prize from the British Modern Biathlon National Championships

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A promising modern pentathlete from St Albans has transferred her form on the world stage to the national one.

Fresh from her fifth place at the World Championships in Florida, nine-year-old Raissa Vickery travelled to Birmigham’s Tudor Grange Leisure Centre in high hopes for the British Modern Biathlon National Championships.

Following the regional qualifiers, the competition was as tough as expected with a big turnout of high-standard athletes.

James Vickery, Raissa’s father, said: “She competed in the U10 girls age group and came third overall nationally which we are really happy with, especially as Triathlon is her main event.

“You get some pure runners and swimmers which makes it an interesting balance. Luckily the weather held out as well, so although it was cold, there was no rain.”

Next up for the St Albans High School Prep student is the British Schools’ Modern Biathlon Championships at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.

That will be followed by European and World Championship Qualifiers.

To get involved or find out more about biathlon, contact Denise Silk at Dacorum Modern Pentathlon Club.

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