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International school’s speed skating triumph

Lagoa’s International School of the Algarve’s Speed Skating Club has achieved much success recently and training for the 2011 National Championships has already started.

The club, which consists of teams of students from both National and International sections of the school, currently with an average age of 9.8 years, seems to be going from strength to strength as in the last season they have competed in Portuguese Federation Championship events on many occasions achieving great results.

The ‘Infantis Femininos’ team (9-10 years) became national champions for the second time both in outdoor and indoor events.

This team includes Andreia Neves 5A, Carolina Ferreira 5B, Catarina Oliveira 5A, Laura Nagiller 5A and Teresa Lamy 5B.

At the same time, the ‘Escolares Masculinos’ team (7-8 years) won third place in the National Outdoor Championship.

In preparation for the 2011 National Championships, the teams began training in January and organised a successful event at the “cathedral” of speed skating in Geisingen, Germany.

During the Carnival break, the school’s teams took part in the biggest international speed skating event ever held on the Iberian Peninsula, staged in Lagos.

With a field of 300 athletes representing Portugal, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands and other European nations, the school’s team won second place overall.

Carolina Ferreira 5B won the individual category ‘Infantis Femininos’ for the third time in a row.

Other athletes achieving individual success were Manuel Martins 3B (4th), Laura Nagiller 5B (5th) and Duarte Nuno de Souza Year 6 (2nd).