Well, it's half way through the year so I thought it about time I did a catch up blog.
It's been an interesting year so far.
In March I decided to refocus my training and left the Archery GB Academy in favour of the competition route. This decision was not taken lightly and was due to circumstances beyond my control and which I won't go into here. Anyway, I teamed up with my personal coach Kath Fitzpatrick again (not that we had ever 'un-teamed up!').
In early April I went out to Arizona to shoot in the AZ Cup. We stayed with our good friends out there and enjoyed some gorgeous weather. In terms of the archery, I didn't shoot brilliantly but still managed to scrape a 9th place - which considering how I shot was pleasing.
March, April & May were very busy months with field archery and consolidating my scores for selection for the European Championships in Slovenia in August.
May also saw the beginning of the selection shoots for the World Junior Target Championships in Argentina. I didn't have the best of starts for various technical reasons, and as the later selection shoot clashed with the European Field Champs I made the difficult decision to focus on field for this year as far as my international focus was concerned. It was a decision that paid immediate benefits. Later in May I shot my best ever field scores ever at the All British Field Championships breaking Patrick Huston's national record for the age category. I then continued my good form into target archery shooting my best ever 70m 720 score (638) at the National Series in Evesham.
In early June I was selected to represent Great Britain in Slovenia in August which I was really please with. Later in the month I also broke 2 national records in target archery.
I also picked up my new NX-55 limbs from KG Archery, and they are AWESOME. So quick and of superb quality.
July has seen my good form continue at the Junior National Outdoor Championships where I won the National Championships breaking another national record in the process. I have just returned from the National Series weekend in Surrey where I shot well and my scores are progressing nicely.
As you can see it's been a busy half year!