My seasons goals were to qualify for the European Youth Championships, The World Field Champs in Italy and for the senior 3D squad for the European 3D Championships in Sweden. The start of the season was a little strange. I had problems with getting my arrows to fly straight, and in the end it seemed that I was in between spines. This made things pretty tricky and unfortunately for me it was happening around the selection shoot for the European Youth Champs. Needless to say it didn't go particularly well which was frustrating to say the least.
In late April/early May I got my new bows from KG Archery which were a little heavier poundage and hey presto, everything started coming together. I began to shoot like I know I can, winning the All British Field Champs (u18's) and gained my qualification scores and selection for the World Fields. It was also very satisfying to come fourth overall in the first leg of the National Tour, narrowly losing out to Patrick Huston for the Bronze. I also shot a competition PB for 70m In the qualification round and my other target rounds have also given me the required scores for the selection shoots next year as I turn junior.
My next challenge was to qualify for the 3D team! My preparations began by shooting the EFAA Bowhunter Championships at Woodend. It was the first time I'd shot this kind of round since the 2015 IFAA World Championships in Hungary, but this time I was shooting Instinctive style (no sights, a bare bow, wooden riser & carbon arrows). It was pleasing to know that I hadn't lost my ability to gauge distance and I came out the winner of the junior category. This gave me confidence going into the 3D selection shoot for the senior GB team which was held at Avalon Archers. I eventually came 3rd over the 2 days, and it meant a nervous wait until the other selection shoot in Northern Ireland was completed later in June. Luckily for me, I managed to hold on to the 3rd selection place, so booked my place on the plane to Sweden.
I am now in full practice mode for the World Fields and the 3D's and I am looking forward to seeing how my season finishes.Huge thanks to all my sponsors and supporters, and of course my coach Kath Fitzpatrick
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The Bramhope Trust
Bramhope Youth Development Trust
Cookridge Hall Health and Fitness
Pro Boss Archery
Leeds Sports Federation
Prince Henry's Grammar School, Otley
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