2018 was a mixed year for me but on the whole I have been pleased with my shooting and progress. I began the year with 3 aims in mind - to qualify for the Youth Olympics, make the GB Field team for the World Field Championships and get selected for the GB Senior 3D team for the European Championships.
The first challenge was made all the more difficult when I had a growth spurt early in the new year. The consequence was that I ended up in between spines for my arrows so things tended not to go where I wanted them to. Despite my best efforts, the selection shoot didn't go to plan and subsequently I failed to get selected for the target team. Ironically, about a month later everything fell into place and I began shooting really well, finishing 4th in the first leg of the National Tour narrowly missing out on bronze.
Throughout the spring and summer I concentrated on my field shooting and gained selection to both teams by putting in some really good scores. I even managed to come 3rd in the senior qualification matrix for the World Field Championships which was really pleasing. My scores have also given me a good chance to qualify for next years European Field Championships.
In September I went to Italy with the field team and finished 8th in the World Champs (junior division). I felt that I could have shot better to be honest but it's all a learning process and it gave me good experience for next years international competitions.
Later in September I flew out with the senior 3D team to Sweden to compete in the European Championships. I shot to par, however the competition in my Instinctive class was, to be fair way better than what I could manage and I ended up 31st. It was a great experience though and I'm glad I went and at least I qualified in my own right.
I am now taking a few weeks off (I think I deserve it), before focusing on improving my form ready for next seasons field and target competitions. I am also shortly taking my Level 1 coaching assessment!
Finally thank you to my coach Kath Fitzpatrick and all of my sponsors and supporters, without whom I couldn't do half of what I do. Here's to a great winters training.