St Swithun’s junior school recently welcomed Olympian Kate French to help its biathlon team prepare for the National Schools Finals at Crystal Palace.
Kate competed in Rio in the modern pentathlon and only recently secured a silver at the World Cup in Los Angeles.
At the track, Kate worked with the girls on dynamic warmup, mobility and form. They then headed to the pool to work on stroke technique and tumble turns. Kate spoke at length about her training schedule and her journey so far before touring the junior school with sports scholars, Mia Goodale and Sasha Law.
Director of sport at St Swithun’s Junior School Roger Marshall said “To have someone like Kate, at the top of her game, come into school shows the girls that if they work hard at their chosen field they can achieve great things, as she has done over the last 12 months. Kate had a great rapport with the girls.’
The St Swithun’s pupils competing in the National Biathlon Finals at Crystal Palace are Mia Goodale, Isabelle Law, Charlotte Orman, Hermione Murray, Immy Watson and Amelia Johns. Grace Clark is out with an injury.