Congratulations to JBug Harry Beeraje who recently won the Whitgift Schools Biathlon Qualifier for his age category. 

The race consisted of a 50m swim followed by an 800m run. Harry placed third in the swim and then came first in the run. He says, “The swim was first and I felt that it went well. The run was on the rugby pitches, and it had been raining a lot in the week before the race so the conditions were quite challenging but I am pleased to have won. 

“I competed in my first biathlon in Year 4, in January 2022. I won the South and Southeast qualifier which meant I went through the nationals in March 2022. I came second overall.  When I was in Year 5, I competed again and again came first in the qualifiers and second in the nationals. The first time I competed in the Whitgift Biathlon was last year, when I was in Year 5, although I still competed in the Year 6 category.” 

Despite being a year younger, Harry won the Whitgift Biathlon last year too, with a similar result, although has improved his swim time since then. 

Ms Cook, Harry’s swimming teacher at Trinity, says, “”It’s wonderful to see Harry’s hard work pay off. He comes and trains in the pool most mornings and we’ve been working on his diving. His involvement in water polo since joining Trinity has also increased his strength in the water. Well done, Harry!” 

Harry has been making his mark since joining Trinity in September, winning our Junior Mob Run in the first week of term, and competing in various races as part of the school team. Harry came first in the Year 6 Croydon Schools Cross Country race in October, leading from early on and going on to win comfortably. 

“At Trinity I play rugby, football and a bit of hockey as well which all benefits my running fitness.  I have also started water polo which has definitely helped my swimming stamina.” 

Photo shows Harry and other students after the Croydon Schools Cross Country race in October.

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