YOUNG athletes and swimmers showed off their talents on the track and in the local pool at the fourth annual Cirencester Rotary Junior Biathlon.

Around 70 youngsters across a range of age groups, from under nine to under 14, turned out to compete in the event, staged at both Deer Park School and the town’s nearby leisure centre.

The Biathlon, organised by Cirencester Rotary Club, attracted serious competitors and those who were taking part for fun.

Co-organiser, Rotarian Andy Kerr said: “We were very pleased that so many young people participated and for the invaluable support provided by their families.”

Those taking part included many who were in a competitive biathlon for the very first time but also some regulars from previous years, some of whom had gone on to even greater challenges, including competing at national levels.

Every child who completed both elements received a medal and there were prizes for best times posted in each discipline and age category.

This year, medals were presented by GB Pentathlete Jamie Harper, who in August finished fourth in the mixed relay at the Junior World Championships, missing a medal by one second.

Andy explained: “Jamie began by competing in local biathlons before progressing to the GB team for the Pentathlon.

“Having him present the medals provided competitors with a unique opportunity to discuss with him how they might improve their own performance. His talk was an inspiration and he generously gave his time to speak individually with many children and their parents.”

Rotary president Jim Beaman said of the event: “We are proud to support local children in improving their fitness and for some to have a chance to compete at a national level. We are also most grateful to all the Rotarians, their families and friends who gave up their time to help organise and deliver such an excellent event.”

Cirencester Rotary Club meets on a Wednesday night at the Royal Agricultural University.

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