Great Britain debut for schoolboy athlete Oscar

DENSHAW schoolboy Oscar Schofield will make his debut for Great Britain at biathle in June.

Oscar Schofield

The 11-year-old is to compete in the European Championships which are being held in Madeira.

Oscar will compete in the Under-13 section of the event which comprises a run, swim and further run.

Mum Claire said Oscar, who qualified following trials, is excited about the prospect of representing Great Britain.

She added it will make up for missing last year’s world biathle championships after qualifying for the event in Egypt.

“It was in October and Oscar didn’t go as he had only just started his new school (Bury Grammar) so we didn’t want to take him out,” explained Claire.

Oscar also recently finished fourth in the British Modern Biathle Schools’ Championships at Crystal Palace.

Oscar is also a talented triathlete and pentathlete whose potential is such that he is on the England Talent Pathway.

“It is quite something for Oscar to be accepted for the Pathway as normally they don’t take anybody until they are aged 13,” said Claire.

Oscar runs for Sale Harriers, swims for Rochdale-based Aquabears, trains at Marshall Fencing Club, Oldham, and is a member of the North West Biathle Club.

“Oscar’s only night off is Tuesday, and he still swims after school,” explained Claire.

He is an accomplished runner and last year was runner-up in the Manchester Junior Run and is being tipped to win this year’s race on Sunday, May 19. It is part of the Great Manchester 10k and half marathon.

Oscar was also part of Sale Harriers’ U13 team that recently won the Manchester Cross Country League.

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