TWO young lads have earned the highest award for under-18 archers – Junior Master Bowmen.
The achievement came for Alex Taylor (13) and Jacob Boden (10) at a shoot in York last week.
Alex was shooting a compound bow and Jacob – who only took up the sport two years ago – a recurve.
The lads have been members of Swineshead’s North End Archers club for almost two years.
Coach Terry Ducker said: “This is a fantastic achievement for both junior boys especially since Alex is 13, but more so for Jacob who’s only 10.”
Archery rounds consist of 12 dozen arrows shot at record status shoots in all conditions around the region and sometimes further afield.
Going by the governing body’s score tables, archers have to shoot three rounds over a certain score to qualify for the award.
Alex said: “I’m very proud and happy of my achievement as I have worked hard for over a year to attain this award.
“I have shot in all conditions all over the country to record three scores over the qualifying scores required.
“I’ve only been shooting the compound bow for a year, putting in hours of hard work and practice.
“I would like to thank my parents who have sacrificed time to let me take archery to this level and a special thanks to Terry for the hours of coaching and hard work to help me to gain this award.”
Jacob was “very proud” of himself and relieved that after all the cancellations this year, due to weather, he has finally managed to do it after gaining his first two scores back in April and May.
He added: “It was possible because I have a fantastic coach and some great club members.”
Both lads regularly shoot for the county as well as for the club.