Hill House School pair to represent Great Britain at European Biathle Championships

Olivia Martin and Greta Highfield
Olivia Martin and Greta Highfield

Hill House School pupils Olivia Martin and Greta Highfield have qualified to represent Great Britain at the European Biathle Championships in Germany.

Biathle is a continuous run-swim-run.

Both girls were selected after racing in Cheltenham on a course that involved swimming in the famous Sandford Park Lido.

Year Five pupil Greta, in the Youth E girls category, was the leader from the start and has established herself as the top biathlete in the country for her age.

Year 7 pupil Olivia, in a tough field of over 50, finished in fifth position and with the top six earning Great Britain qualification she booked herself a place in Germany.

Hill House School has its own junior swimming squad which competes in galas and events across the region.

Both girls were introduced to biathle events through the squad and have become well known and feared opponents on the national circuit.

Jon Lawrie, teacher in charge of swimming at Hill House, said: “I am thrilled for both Greta and Olivia as they have worked so hard to qualify for the European Championships.

“More and more pupils in the school are wanting to enter these events after seeing what these girls have achieved.”