- GO GOLD Ambassador
- Archery GB
- Groby Community College
- Achievements from Application:
- Senior British Champion
- UK Under 18 Girls Recurve Champion indoor and outdoor
- Chosen by ArcheryGB for BOA's Ambition Programme as only woman archer selected. Visited Rio as part of that selection.
- Leicester Mercury Young Sportswomen of the Year 2016
This athlete also receives free leisure facility access from: Everyone Active
National Series Final
I competed on Sunday in the Grand Final of the National Series, the big event of our domestic season. There are 6 stages during the summer with an archer's best three positions counting for the rankings. I'd finished 3rd and 2nd in the first two stages and 2nd in the final stage (I missed three and four because I was in Croatia for the Europa Cup). The top 8 went through to the final and I was pleased to finish 3rd in the rankings. The final was shot at 70 metres in front of the Think Tank Museum in Birmingham.
9th Oct, 2017
European Cup in Croatia
I had a great trip to Croatia for the European Cup. I ranked 20th in qualification with a competition personal best, which I was really pleased with. I won my first h2h in the 1/32's but I unfortunately I got knocked out of the h2h's in the 1/16's. I would have liked to have got further in the h2h's, but I did all could do and I've learnt a lot that I can carry forwards into the future. It was a brilliant trip and I enjoyed every minute shooting for Great Britain.
10th Sep, 2017
Junior Outdoor National's Championships
On the Saturday, at the metric event, I won the ladies under 18 recurve title. Then on the Sunday, which is the actual national championships, I shot a personal best at the round and also meant that I won the under 18's national title. This is my 5th consecutive winning title I've won in my age group at the national championships! I was really pleased with my performance over the weekend and I was so happy to enjoy my last junior nationals and finish them so well.
28th Jul, 2017
National Series Stage 2
My ranking round in the 2nd stage on Sunday again wasn't as good as I hoped it would be, but the conditions were difficult and I was pleasantly surprised I'd ranked 6th. I really seemed to get in the zone in the head-to-heads and I made it to the final of the head-to-heads. Although I lost the match I was really pleased to finish 2nd.
This means that I am currently leading the National Series rankings after 2 of the 6 stages. This exceeded all my expectations and I can't wait for the rest of the season.
6th Jun, 2017
National Series Stage 1
I was really pleased with my shooting in the first two stages of the National Series. All the top archers compete over 6 stages for a place in the National Series Final, which is the big domestic event in our sport, along with the National Championships. In stage 1 I finished 3rd, which I couldn't quite believe. There were so many great archers there that I went with no expectations. My ranking round was a bit lower than I would have liked, but I definitely pulled it back in the head-to-heads and I was very pleased with the end result.
6th Jun, 2017
Beginning of the Outdoor Season
In April I competed in my first tournament of the outdoor season, where I won the senior women's title and scored a personal best. Two weeks later I participated in the first GB selection shoot for the World Youth Championships. I won the qualification round on Saturday and finished 3rd in the head-to-heads on Sunday. On the Monday I won all my head-to-heads in the round-robins against the other top 6 archers.
11th May, 2017
European Indoor Championships
I've had a very successful winter. I was pleased with my performances at the National Championships, where I won both the junior and senior titles, this led to my selection to shoot for GB juniors in the European Indoor Championships. I'm 17 years old and was competing in a tournament for under 21's. I didn't do as well as I'd hoped in the individual but I shot really well in the team competition. We shot great as a team and we won bronze after defeating Poland in the bronze medal match 6-0.
3rd May, 2017
Indoor Season Training
I spend one weekend a month at the Confirmation Academy at Lilleshall working with my GB coach Alberto Zagami, who is from Italy. I also see him once a week in between the academies, sometimes at Lilleshall. I've spent the winter making adjustments to my technique and building up my strength so I can shoot a higher poundage bow in the summer. I've slowly increased the poundage over the last few months and I'm now pulling about 37 pounds compared to 31 at the end of last outdoor season.
17th Feb, 2017
Leicester Mercury Sports Awards
I won the Young Sportswoman of the year at the Leicester Mercury Sports Awards! It was a great event with some truely amazing people. It was such a great way to start 2017. We were all very worried about Alan Birchenall though after he collapsed half way through the evening. It's good to see that he is well now.
3rd Feb, 2017
Senior National Championships
In the knock out stages we shot ends of three arrows with 2 points going to the archer getting the higher score, the first to 6 points won the match. I won my matches 6-2, 7-1, 6-2, 7-1 to reach the final. I went up against Roman who won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics. I shot really well and managed to take 3 points from her but eventually I lost 7-3. It was a good experience to shoot against such a top quality opponent. Although because Aida Roman was not British, I am Senior British Champion!
16th Jan, 2017
National Championships Weekend
I had a great weekend at the indoor National Championships. I won the junior title (5 dozen arrows over 20 yards) on the Saturday with a PB of 582. On the Sunday, the Senior Championships (5 dozen arrows over 18 metres) went far better than I could have ever imagined. My score of 571 (out of 600) in the qualification round was 26 better than my PB. The top 32 after the qualification round went through to the knockout stages. I was 2nd behind guest archer Aida Roman of Mexico so I was the top ranked UK archer.
16th Jan, 2017
End of the Outdoor Season
The outdoor season's now finished. I've not quite equaled the achievements of last year when I competed for GB in the World Championships and Europa Cup and won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games, but it's still been a successful summer. In spite of my injury in the winter season I still made the GB squad as the non travelling reserve, was the under 18 national championship, broke a national record and made the transition to competing with the seniors. And also selected as the only female archers to go to Rio.
23rd Oct, 2016
Rio Olympic Games
I had the best experience in Rio at the Olympic Games. I learnt so much in the few days I was there. I visited the GB Training Camp in Belo Horizonte and the Athlete's Village and met many amazing people. I got to see not only my own sport but also rowing and water polo, which was incredible to watch. The British House and the British School were also very interesting to visit. I'm more determined than ever to get to the Olympics, and if I do this experience will definitely help me in my preparations.
1st Sep, 2016
I've been selected by the British Olympic Association, on the recommendation of Archery GB, for their Ambition Programme. The aim of this is to give athletes the experience of an Olympic Games in preparation for Tokyo in 2020. It means that I'm going to Rio! Archery GB is only sending one man and one woman so it's a great honor. I've already been to The NEC to collect my kit and attend workshops and talks in preparation for the visit. I leave on August 5th and spend 5 days there.
More Information: http://www.archerygb.org/news/7223.php#.V5XZLLgrK00
25th Jul, 2016
I shot well in the Junior National Championships. The competition is shot over 12 dozen arrows and takes all day. I began the morning well and had an early lead. I managed to keep ahead all day and finished as the girls under 18 recurve champion. It's the 4th year in a row I've been a national outdoor champion in my age group, so I was very pleased.
25th Jul, 2016
GB Selection Shoot
I was injured during the winter and it's taken a long time to get back to full fitness. I was shooting quite a low poundage bow to avoid being injured again and have slowly been increasing the poundage. I wasn't quite ready for the GB selection shoot for the European Youth Championships. So after a long weekend of competition in difficult conditions I just missed out on selection for the girls cadet team (under 18). I finished 4th and was picked as the non travelling reserve, I was happy with my shooting because it was so close the whole weekend.
25th Jul, 2016
I've enjoyed the two events I've attended recently thanks to LRS.
Attended a 'This Girl Can' event aimed at encouraging girls who aren't usually involved in sport to try new activities and get involved. I was pleased to go along as a Go Gold Ambassador. It was an enjoyable event and I got the chance to talk to the girls.
Also found the Sports Psychology Workshop useful. I've learnt many mental strategies with Archery GB but this helped build on my knowledge and introduced different techniques. There are definitely things I'll use to help benefit my shooting.
17th Mar, 2016
The GB junior rankings came out a short time ago. I'm ranked in 4th place in the junior girls (under 18) recurve, the highest placed under 16 archer.
I also found out recently that I've won the girls under 16 recurve section in Archery GB's Summer Metrics, a postal shoot.
I went to Blaby's Sports Alliance Awards Evening before Christmas and was pleased to win the Junior Sportsperson of the Year Award. It was a really good evening.
More Information: http://www.archerygb.org/
5th Jan, 2015
Equalling the National Record
I have to increase the poundage on my bow for next summer. It'll help me when shooting longer distances, especially in wind. I'll to have to increase the poundage steadily throughout the winter season; I made a start before Christmas. I saw my coach and we put some new limbs on at lunchtime. I then went and shot a competition in the afternoon – and equalled the junior girls (U18) national record for the 'Worcester' round. I also broke the county and EMAS senior record. I was really pleased because my sister, Sarah, won the senior women's recurve.
5th Jan, 2015
Indoor Senior Nationals
I also shot in the Senior Indoor National Championships, again at the Ricoh Arena. I came 12th in the ranking round in the Women's Recurve, a brilliant result. I was the youngest competitor and I finished ahead of some senior GB archers. I shot 543, a PB and a county record. After the ranking round we shot head-to-heads in a knockout format. I almost made it to the ¼ finals; I was up against a senior England international archer. It was a very close match but I lost 6-4.
18th Dec, 2014
Indoor Junior Nationals
I did well in the Junior Indoor National Championships at the Ricoh Arena. I finished 2nd in the girls under 16 recurve. I made a mistake in my first dozen arrows and didn't place the arrow on the rest properly, so I had a miss. I managed to pull it back but not enough to win; I missed out by a point. I was also shooting for England in the Home Nations match. We won fairly convincingly. I was also a member of the East Midlands team that came 2nd in the regional competition.
18th Dec, 2014
I've been picked for the England junior team for the Home Nations International in two weeks time. Only two female recurve archers are in the team. The tournament is for under 18's so as I'm only just 15, my birthday was last week, I'm very pleased. It's the third time I've been selected for England this year. Only one other archer will have shot in all three of England's matches. Last week I was also invited by England to attend the selection shoot in April for the Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa.
More Information: http://www.englisharcheryfederation.org/Home.htm
25th Nov, 2014
Start of the Indoor Season
I'm using the winter to work on improving my technique ready for next summer. It's the World Youth Championships in America next year and I want to be picked for GB for this. I'm still entering indoor competitions though and I'm pleased with how they've gone so far. I've made some changes to my technique and haven't yet got them perfect but I've shot good scores and finished as the first junior in the two competitions I've entered. Last week I won the girl's recurve at the EMAS Championships. I beat nearly all the seniors as well as the juniors.
25th Nov, 2014
I did well at Corus Deeside Archery Club's tournament in North Wales. It was very calm for a change so conditions were ideal. I shot a Metric 3 round (3 dozen arrows at 50, then 40, 30 and 20 metres). I was very pleased with my shooting, especially as I broke the national record for the double round. I also did well the following weekend at Bowmen of Glen. It was a 6 dozen round at 60 metres and I shot a PB again.
9th Oct, 2014
Academies Cup (Part 2)
We shot a team competition on the Saturday morning and then the head-to-heads in the afternoon. In the quarter finals I was against the girl who had won the under 18 title at the National Championships (I had won the under 16s). It was a close match but I managed to win it. The semi-final was also close but this time I lost. That put me into the bronze medal match on the Sunday. It wasn't so windy then and I shot really well. I won the match to take 3rd place.
9th Sep, 2014