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Thirsk athlete represents Britain at junior games

[Thursday 06 April 2006]

With one eye on the Olympics, a Thirsk teenager is gearing up to take the sporting world by storm.

Sam Sanderson is representing Great Britain at the Youth International Tetrathlon. The competition - made up of swimming, running, shooting and fencing - gets underway in Somerset today.

Sam Sanderson gearing up to take the sporting world by storm
Sam Sanderson gearing up to take the
sporting world by storm

But, it doesn't stop there for the 15 year old and Sam is hoping his continued success will take him to London in 2012 where he is aiming to make a name for himself in the Olympics.

The avid swimmer became involved in the modern pentathlon after winning the Northern Regions School Biathlon and then taking 4th place in the national competition last year. The tough multi discipline of the sport appealed to him so he cut his 13 hours a week swimming schedule to pick up training for other elements of the competition, which includes shooting, fencing, swimming, running and show jumping.

The tough schedule is now paying off - last year he took a string of prizes: Yorkshire region triathlon champion, third place in the European triathlon trials, sixth place in the national triathlon, second place in the Northern Schools Biathlon and this year he took third place in the British Tetrathlon Championships.

Sam has also run at County level for his school on both track and cross country and qualified for the British Youth Fencing championships after a silver medal at the Yorkshire Championships.

And, in between all that training and competing Sam still seems to have enough energy left over to study for his upcoming GCSE's.

The Thirsk School pupil is one of Hambleton District Council's 'Talented Young Sportspeople'. Through the authority's awards scheme local stars are helped with travelling and coaching expenses to further their talents.

The scheme also gives them access to council leisure facilities to help with training. Currently 31 young people are receiving cash from the scheme.

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