The 2015 Outdoor season is finally behind us and it’s been an absolute whirlwind! Although we are waiting for the Archery GB Junior Rankings to be announced the Senior Rankings have just been released and Eleanor (age 16 and the youngest on the list) is ranked at No 9 out of a field of 122 ladies. This is an amazing feat which marks the culmination of a year in which both girls were assessed by the Head Olympic Coach to have 95+% perfect technique and tipped as stars of the future.
The support the girls receive from the GLL Sport Foundation (GSF) in partnership with SportsAid is invaluable in supporting their achievements and we and they wish to thank you wholeheartedly for your funding. The costs of supporting two National level athletes grows year on year as they need to travel further afield to seek out increased competition, the events they enter become more expensive and their equipment needs increase as they both grow and make use of better quality kit. Their SportsAid / GSF funding is, by a long way, their main source of aid and, as I have recently been made redundant, a genuine enabler for their sport.
Eleanor was invited up to Lilleshall (home of AGB) last Saturday to be assessed for inclusion in future Olympic squads and we will of course let you know if there is any news in this quarter. Louisa is still only 12 but the youngest GB archer to be able to shoot and compete against adults at the Olympic 70m distance. Her debut Lady Fita scores put her within touching distance of her own Master Bowman classification and, if she manages to become a MB in 2016 (her season objective) she may well be the youngest archer to ever have done so.
It remains a very exciting time for both girls and we cannot believe the progress they have made and continue to make!