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Archer Claims Silver at Nationals

One of our students Jacob stepped up to the mark when it matters to help guide England to home nations victory. He won a brilliant individual silver medal at the Junior National Indoor Championships with a personal best score in the under 16s boys' recurve class, competing in a field of 34 archers. 

Sleaford Maltsters were well represented in the category with Jacob's clubmate finishing in seventh place.

The result helped England top the team standings at Stoneleigh Park, pushing Wales into Second place, with Scotland third and Ireland fourth.

"It was great that my dad and my uncle managed to come down and see me shoot", Jacob said. 

"I felt so proud to be able to shoot in front of them wearing the England shirt". Jacob has been competing at the Junior Nationals Indoor Championships since he was 10, so the level of competition didn't come with much pressure for the 15 year old. But he did feel a certain amount of pressure to perform well for his country.

"I didn't want to feel like a passenger as part of the England team, I was more interested in this than chasing scores and medals.", he added. 

Archers faced a stop-start 60-arrow competition format with ends of only three arrows at a time, not conducive to building momentum. Jacob said: "I knew if I could get into a smooth rhythm and keep the shot strong then I'd be fine." 

Jacob was in the thick of things in a close-fought competition, falling just four points behind the eventual winner. He now returns to training, aiming to qualify to shoot for Great Britain next year with teams due to be sent to Italy, Greece and Argentina. 

Source | Sleaford Standard