Mind over matter at archery workshop with Paralympic champion Danielle

Paralympian archery gold medallist Danielle Brown MBE visits Spalding Grammar School for a Performing Under Pressure workshop with Archery GB academy yongsters Jacob Boden, Louis Perkins and Team GB archer Amy Gott of Fosdyke.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Paralympian archery gold medallist Danielle Brown MBE visits Spalding Grammar School for a Performing Under Pressure workshop with Archery GB academy yongsters Jacob Boden, Louis Perkins and Team GB archer Amy Gott of Fosdyke. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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A generation of young archers aiming to be future Olympic champions came face-to-face with the real thing at Spalding Grammar School on Saturday.

Double Paralympic gold medallist and three-time world champion Danielle Brown MBE (26) was in Spalding on Saturday for a Performing Under Pressure workshop to help give young archers the all-important mental edge in competition.

Archery GB academy youngsters Louis Perkins (13) of Spilsby and Jacob Boden (12) of Sleaford were joined by Team GB international Amy Gott (14) of Fosdyke at the one-day workshop.

Amy, a student at Thomas Cowley High School, Donington, who competed in Russia and South Korea for Team GB this summer, said: “I thought Danielle’s talk was very useful and very interesting.

“It really opened my eyes as to how much the sport of archery relies on the psychological and mental strength needed to perform at the top.

“Danielle gave us tips on how to take our minds off the situation of a competitive state when under pressure which motivated me even more.

“She also gave me a one-to-one session at lunchtime on how to cope with what I’ve been doing over the last few months.

“It was a very enjoyable day.”

Jacob said: “I’ve been doing archery for about three or four years after going to a country show in Revesby (near Boston).

“I was pretty excited about the workshop as I wanted to learn how to stand up against the pressure of competing.”

Louis said: “I’ve been doing archery for two years after watching the Avengers film and liking the character Hawkeye with his bow and arrow.

“I’ve taken the sport pretty seriously and really enjoy it, so I want to work as hard as I can and go to as many Olympics as I can.

“I also just want to learn how to cope with serious amounts of pressure when I’m shooting.”

The workshop featured advice from Danielle on how to replicate performances in practice at competitions, increasing confidence and self-belief, thriving under pressure and peaking for performance.

Danielle said: “I really enjoyed teaching everybody on Saturday and they were a fantastically interactive group.

“Both archers and coaches were keen on improving their performance and I really look forward to watching the progress of those who were at the workshop.”

The workshop was organised by Lincolnshire county coaching officer and Silver Spoon Bowmen of Spalding club official Barry Molsom who said: “The day spent with Danielle was a fascinating and inspiring experience.

“The archery experiences Danielle shared with us was proof that the workshop and knowledge will be of great benefit to both the archers and coaches who came along.”