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Gold medals and glory for biathlete Bryony

Year 12 student Bryony Martel enjoyed gold medals and a summer of success as she competed in biathlon events across Europe.

Year 12 student Bryony Martel enjoyed gold medals and a series of top-three finishes as she competed in biathlon events across Europe. Below, Bryony describes her summer of success ...

 The summer was very exciting for me - three countries in the space of five weeks. I really don't know how professional athletes can travel so much so often.

In the first World Tour series event in Austria, I didn't know what to expect as it was my first ever event abroad for Biathlon instead of Modern Pentathlon.

I ended up surprising myself with a personal best time of 14:04 and winning the gold medal, which was such a shock.

After Austria, the next event In the World Tour was in Erding, Germany. I competed in the mixed relay event where I did the running element and came second, which was another shock.

The next event was the European Championships in Setubal, Portugal. I spent a few days training in the 35 degree heat first and in the sea to get used to the conditions.

There were more than 12 countries competing and each age group was full so I didn't expect much.

I was in a good place after the first run and had a great swim. In the second run I overtook two girls in my age group to finish in fourth place individually just a couple of seconds off third, which is a shame.

However, I made up for it by making the GB girls Youth A  team and we won Gold in the European Championships Team event.

 After Portugal I qualified for the Word Championships in Guatemala in October. Sadly, I will not be competing as I cannot raise enough to cover the cost of the trip, so I will have to wait another year.

I then had a short break and have gone back to Pentathlon where I competed in the Yorkshire Regional Tetrathlon Championships (fencing, swimming, static shoot and a run & shoot) in the Open Women's age group. I won the fencing, shooting and swimming and came second in the combined event, meaning I was the overall winner.

Most recently, I competed in the final World Tour Series event hosted in Weymouth, which was also the final event in the GB series.

I came third in the World Series event and finished second overall in the Youth A girls category in the GB series, winning £75 in Sweatshop vouchers - which are useful as I am in need of some new trainers.

Bryony Martel
Year 12