St John’s students demonstrate their sporting prowess

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Budding sporting stars from St John’s College excelled in the Portsmouth Sprint Triathlon.

A series of superb results highlighted the dedication and talent of the Southsea school students.

They were all well trained in how to cope with the transition, as well as how to manage their efforts over the three disciplines – swim, bike, run.

Portsmouth’s international age group triathlete Emma Gueterbock provided expert coaching for the students and it clearly paid off.

Melvin Beck finished in a brilliant third place in the youth super sprint race, while Alice Wheaton came third in the youth female race.

Fellow St John’s College pupils Emily Guiry, Seren Hawkes, Gaia Osborne, Angus McIntosh, Isabella Harrison-Fraser,Freya Gueterbock, Alex Gambs, Maggie Antell, Angus Gueterbock, and Joseph Watts also took part in the Southsea event put on by Portsmouth City Council.

Teacher Kit Wapshott said: ‘For nearly all of them it was a first triathlon.

‘While we were pleased about the performance and how they did it, it was also about longevity.

‘A very high percentage of them have entered at least one other triathlon.

‘Emma Gueterbock did weekly sessions with them, very specifically looking at transitions.

‘Their good performance is testament to Emma’s training. She prepared them fantastically.’

‘We were delighted with how they did – very proud.’

A lot of the triathletes are in the Athletes Development Group (ADG) at St John’s College.

The group was set up for students in year 10 and above, who are of county standard in their chosen sport.

Student Fergus Guiry, 15, plays rugby for Sussex and Harlequins as well as representing the school in several sports.

He’s one of a number of talented pupils in the group, with personalised training sessions, skill sessions and nutrition advice delivered by the ADG lead coach David Flynn.