A sixth form student from Marling School has triumphed in a national triathlon competition and qualified for the world championship in his age group.

Jack Powis, swam, cycled and ran his way to first place in the under-21 category on the Olympic distance course at a qualifying event held in Chester last weekend. His success means that he will represent Great Britain at the 2019 world championships that will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Jack said: “I finished 15th out of 892 overall in the whole race but first in my age group.

I came out of the 1500m swim leg about 40th out of over 100 in my wave but then managed to climb to 5th after the 40k bike ride, which is my strongest discipline.

I finished with a strong personal best in the 10k run while only dropping a few placings.”

Mark Nicholson, head of PE at Marling, said: “I’m delighted with Jack’s success and it’s really exciting that he will be representing his country next year.

"Triathlon takes a lot of dedication and Jack has obviously worked very hard to achieve such a great result.”

For more information about Marling (co-educational from 2019) 6th form, go to www.marling.gloucs.sch.uk/sixthform