Union High School

Biathlon

Biathlon is a relatively new sport at Union High. Our first competitors started in 2016.

Biathlon is a multi-sport discipline which involves running and swimming over various distances for different age groups. This is a great family sport where the young and older athletics are competing against the clock in different age groups.  These two disciplines take place at different times on the same day. The running takes place first and the swim follows. Times are recorded for each athlete and points are allocated according to times recorded. The ideal is to achieve a combined score of at least 2000 points.

From league events, Provincial teams are selected to compete at Inter-Provincial events and the SA Championships at the end of the season.
 

Results 2017 / 18

Date Fixture
31 March On the 31st of March, two of our athletes travelled to Pretoria to represent Eastern Province in the South African Biathlon Championships. We are very proud of Candice Russel and Cameron Muir who both performed well at the event and surpassed the 2000 point benchmark. Candice placed 15th out of a field of 25 and scored an impressive 2114 points, while Cameron managed 12th spot in a field of 24, scoring 2065 points. These results are especially commendable when you consider that these placements reflect their positions in the entire country. Well done to you both!
Results
Cameron Muir
Run time : 6:34:69
Run points : 982
Swim time : 1:12:72
Swim points : 1083
Total points : 2065
Position : 12/24

Candice Russell
Run time : 3:32:41
Run points : 1063
Swim time : 1:20:92
Swim points : 1051
Total points : 2114
Position : 15/25
26 February The final event in the biathlon season is the SA Biathlon Championships. This year it is to be held in Pretoria at the end of March. 
Congratulations to the following on their selection to the EP Team to attend SA Championships:
Girls U/15: Kendal Krige
Boys U/15: Corniel Vorster (Reserve)
Girls U/17: Micela Loock (Reserve);  Jenna McNaughton (Reserve)
Both Micela and Jenna have been included in the Senior Ladies Team
Girls U/19: Candice Russel
Boys U/19: Cameron Muir
21 February EP Biathlon Championships - Port Elizabeth
Nine of our Union Biathletes were invited to participate in the event and certainly did Union proud.
Congratulations to the following medal winners:
U/17 Girls
Micela Loock - Silver
Jenna McNaughton - Bronze
U/19 Girls
Candice Russell - Silver
U/19 Boys
Cameron Muir - Gold

Individual results:
  Run time Score Swim time Score Total
Drew Dobinson (U/13) 3:56,74 972 1:34,53 935 1907
Kendall Krige (U/15) 4:05,89 891 1:25,09 1000 1891
Corniel Vorster (U/15) 5:09,87 1001 1:26,32 957 1958
Micela Loocke (U/17) 3:41,76 1011 1:28,62 964 1975
Jenna McNaughton (U/17) 3:46,61 997 1:30,72 943 1940
Candice Russel (U/19) 3:34,34 1053 1:23,18 1029 2082
Cameron Muir (U/19) 6:25,87 1026 1:10,41 1106 2132
VC Beldon 7:49,95 606 1:30,53 905 1511
Ben Kroon 8:55,72 277 1:16,00 1050 1327
 
3 February Interprovincial Biathlon – Oudtshoorn
Seven of Union’s biathletes were selected to represent Eastern Province in the Interprovincial Championships held in Oudsthoorn over the weekend. Of these seven, six participated in the event which hosted over 560 children from around the country. The pace was blistering throughout and I am proud to say that almost every one of our learners managed to improve on their previous personal bests. These learners represented Union exceedingly well and it was exciting to see them all giving their best and performing so wonderfully. Very well done to all of them!
Their individual results were as follows:
  Run time Score Swim time Score Total Position
overall
Drew Dobinson (U/13) 3:55:75 977 1:32:87 952 1929 23/42
Kendall Krige (U/15)  4:00:49 918 1:21:71 1073 1951 19/23
Micela Loocke (U/17) 3:34:53 1047 1:25:69 994 2041 17/29
Jenna McNaughton (U/17) 3:34:02 1050 1:28:64 964 2014 20/29
Candice Russel (U/19) 3:40:37 1023 1:24:15 1019 2042 9/12
Cameron Muir (U/19) 6:47:69 917 1:12:74 1098 2000 7/14

24 January The EP Biathlon team to compete in an Inter Provincial Meeting in Oudtshoorn on Saturday 3 February 2018 has been announced. The team was selected from the results of all the EP League meetings since September 2017.
Congratulations to the following biathletes:
Cameron Muir:  EP A Team boys u/19
Candice Russell:  EP A Team girls u/19
Sanja du Plessis:  EP B Team girls u/19
Micela Loock:  EP B Team girls u/17
Jenna McNaughton:  EP B Team girls u/17
Kendall Krige:  EP Development Team girls u/15
Drew Dobinson:  EP Development Team girls u/13
20 January On Saturday 20 January, 5 Union Biathletes entered into the last EP Biathlon league event for the season. After the long holiday these 5 biathetes took up the challenge and gained mixed results.

Drew Dobinson competed in her first meeting and did well to obtain the best result for Union - closest to the bench mark of 2000 points. Kendall Krige also did well, following closely behind her. Jason Wright also competed in his first event, with a fine time in the swim. Ben Kroon and Corniel Vorster also swam a good races.
  Run time Score Swim time Score Total
Drew Dobinson (U/13) 3.58.7 1 962 1.35.45 926 1888
Kendall Krige (U/15) 4.10.22 869 1.25.87 992 1861
Corniel Vorster (U/15) 6.08.34 709 1.28.21 932 1641
Jason Wright (U/17) 7.59.75 557 1.14.62 1064 1621
Ben Kroon (U/19) 9.19.80 156 1.12.92 1081 1237
           

The remainder of the events this season are by invitation only, with the invitations being based on qualifying performances throughout the season which started in September 2017. We await those names.

28 October Eastern Province Inter-Provincial Biathlon
Candice Russell (4th in girls under 19)
Sanja du Plessis (7th in girls under 19)
Cameron Muir (2nd in boys under 19)
Micela Loock (8th in girls under 17)
Jenna McNaughton (5th in girls under 17).
18 October  Eastern Province Biathlon – League Event
A
small group of Union biathletes competed in the third EP Biathlon League event in Port Elizabeth. They had mixed results, with some improving on either their running time or their swimming time. Candice Russell improved on her total points. The results were:
U/17 Girls : Jenna McNaughton – 6th (1843)
Amanda Brink – 7th (1606)
U/19 Girls : Candice Russell – 2nd (2033)
Sanja du Plessis – 5th (1821)
U/15 Boys : Corniel Vorster – 3rd (962)
U/19 Boys : VC Beldon – 2nd (1463)
Ben Kroon – 3rd (1361)
Unfortunately Cameron Muir and Micela Loock withdrew due to illness.
The following learners have been selected to represent Eastern Province in an Inter-Provincial meeting taking place in Port Elizabeth on the 28th of October:
Micela Loock – EP ‘A’ – Girls U/17
Jenna McNaughton – EP ‘B’ – Girls U/17
Candice Russell – EP ‘A’ – Girls U/19
Sanja du Plessis – P ‘B’ – Girls U/19
Cameron Muir – EP ‘A’ – Boys U/19
Best of luck to these learners
7 October Eastern Province Biathlon – League Event
On the 7th of October VC Beldon (left) and Cameron Muir (right) took part in an inter-provincial biathlon held in Bloemfontein. It consisted of a 2km run and 100m swim, with certain benchmark time that the run and swim needed to be done in. Despite the wet weather, the results from the boys were very pleasing. Congratulations to Cameron Muir, who was placed second and VC Beldon fourth.
16 September Eastern Province Biathlon – League Event
A group of 9 Union biathletes competed in an Eastern Province league event in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
Biathlon Results – EP League 2 – 16 September 2017
Boys U/15 – Corniel Vorster – 9th (1570)
Boys U/19 – Ben Kroon – 6th (1375)
VC Beldon – 5th (1603)
Cameron Muir – 1st (2025)
Girls U/17 – Jenna McNaughton – 4th (1859)
Micela Loock – 2nd (2007)
Girls U/19 – Sanja du Plessis - 3rd (1851)
Candice Russell – 2nd (2025)
21 February EP Championships
Gerrit Brink received a silver medal in the Boys Under 19 category, Cameron Muir received silver in the Boys Under 17 category, Candice Russel received silver and Micela Loock bronze in the Girls Under 17 category.
Union High is currently placed 6th out of the 16 schools that are part of the EP Biathlon School League
4 February Highgate Inter-Provincial - Oudtshoorn
Athletes represented EP:
U/19 Gerrit Brink
U/17 Cameron Muir & Micela Loock
21 January League 4
U/19 Boys- Gerrit Brink 2nd 1996 points
U/17 Boys- Cameron Muir 1st 2158 points;  Michael Krige 13th 1651 points
U/17 Girls- Candice Russell 2nd 1942 points;  Micela Loock 3rd 1851 points
U/13 Boys- Corniel Vorster 10th 1621 points
3 October League 3
U/19 Boys- Ross Stanley 1st 1798 points
U/17 Boys- Cameron Muir 1st 2127 points
1 October Southern Free State Inter-Provincial - Bloemfontein 
Athletes represented EP:
U/17 Gerrit Brink
U/15 Mack Rubidge
U/13 Corniel Vorster & Philip Kroon
17 September League 2
U/19 Boys Gerrit Brink - 1st 1911 points;  Ross Stanley - 2nd 1827 points
U/17 Boys Cameron Muir - 1st 2117 points;  Michael Krige - 9th 1750 points
U/17 Girls Candice Russell – 3rd 1957 points;  Rebecca Langmead – 5th 1871 points
Amanda Brink - 6th 1516 points
U/13 Boys Philip Kroon - 8th 1689 points;  Corniel Vorster - 11th 1634 points
U/13 Girls Kendall Krige – 10th 1709 points
3 September League 1
U/19 Boys Gerrit Brink – 2nd 1802 points
U/17 Girls Amanda Brink – 3rd 1441 points
U/15 Boys Mack Rubidge - 3rd 1677 points