King’s Fifth Former Ollie Hill has recently been selected for the British Biathlon Union (BBU) National Development Team after successfully completing a four-phased National Talent Campaign over the last six months.
Ollie is now aspiring to compete in the British National Championships at the end of January 2022 followed by the IBU Junior European and World Championships which are held every year, and then eventually the Youth Olympic Winter Games in 2024.
Biathlon is regarded as one of the most physically and mentally demanding sports in the world where you move from the high cardiovascular activity of cross-country skiing to the fine motor skills required for target shooting. Participants are required to ski at maximum intensity with a rifle on their back then stop and shoot targets. Each miss results in a penalty which ultimately adds to the length they must ski, and some races are 20km long!
Ollie is an all-around athlete having been selected for the BBU National Development Team, participating in the National Rugby 7’s academy and having competed at National Level in both cross-country running, where he came 13th in the National Schools Championships out of over 200 finalists, and Pentathlon. Ollie believes his dedication to endurance sports will help him succeed at the highest level in Biathlon.
Ollie reflected on his sporting achievements. “I’ve been participating in the sport for as long as I can remember, principally throughout my time spent at King’s, where I have been since the age of two. It is such a key aspect of my life and I couldn’t imagine not participating in sport: I’ve always loved trying out new sports and working at them to become the best that I can be, and Biathlon has been no exception. I began the sport less than a year ago, and already I have big aspirations for what’s to come for me in the future.
Ollie has been selected to train and compete with the Great British team in a variety of incredible locations – Germany, Norway, Canada. This is an opportunity like no other, and in order to achieve his dreams and follow his passion, he is now rapidly raising money to fund his flights, accommodation, equipment and so on. The challenge is now on for Ollie to source donations.
Ollie will use the sponsorship money raised to purchase a rifle and winter kit, as well as equipment. He is also required to attend several European snow training camps over the next few months and he anticipates further opportunities as he develops as a biathlete. The kit Ollie still needs is training and racing skis, boots, and a biathlon rifle when his firearms licence is eventually granted. He also needs various clothes for training as he is going to Norway, Germany and Canada with the GB team over the next 3 months.
There are various ways in which Ollie’s journey can be supported from following his progress on social media to supporting him financially. In return for sponsorship, Ollie is offering sponsorship packages that can include clothing or kit branding, personal appearances, tickets to events, social media and promotion.
Visit Ollie’s Justgiving page for more information.
Ollie wishes to thank Mr Doodes and the school for their continued support, which has made it possible for Ollie to participate in training camps and to compete with GB in the coming months.
We wish Ollie the best of luck with his progress as a Biathlete!