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Oscar Orford of the Silverspoon Bowmen is selected for the European Youth Archery Championships

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A member of Donington-based Silverspoon Bowmen has been selected to represent their country at the European Youth Archery Championships this month.

Oscar Orford from Thurlby is part of the squad of 24 archers who will be shooting alongside more than 300 athletes from 36 countries, over six action-packed days of competition.

The 17-year-old is currently the third ranked junior in the United Kingdom and 35th senior, and made his international debut this year at the Indoor European Championships in Slovenia.

Oscar Orford. Photo: World Archery (58441488)
Oscar Orford. Photo: World Archery (58441488)

He uses the Mybo Revolution 37 bow and has been shooting for four years, with his biggest achievement being making it to Slovenia for the European Indoor Championships.

Orford will be taking part in the Compound Under 18 men’s event as Great Britain’s archers look to continue a tremendous year of success.

They have won gold, silver and bronze medals multiple events worldwide, including the European Championships in Munich, World Games in the USA, Para Archery European Cup in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, the Hyundai Archery World Cup in Medellin, Colombia, and the European Youth Cup in Bucharest.

The European Youth Archery Championships is the perfect opportunity for young archers aged 21 and under to make their name on home soil and showcase the immense talent within the team, with the encouragement of local support.

The event takes place at Lilleshall National Sports Centre from August 15-20, and there are multiple medals to be won in both individual and team events.

With practice and qualification rounds, as well as team and individual matches and finals taking place, the days will be action packed and the event promises to attract hundreds of archers and spectators.

Compound programme manager Jon Nott said: “I am very proud of this team we are fielding for the European Youth Championships.

“This group of athletes have worked incredibly hard since the UK came out of lockdown to get back to being at the level required to be competitive at an event like this.

“It’s a great honour to be able to compete for Great Britain on home soil at this event, and we have a team that will be competing for medals in all disciplines.

“We encourage as many people as possible to come and support our youth athletes and to cheer them on.”

Neil Armitage, chief executive at Archery GB, added: “It is always wonderful to have our archers compete at home and for us to host such a prestigious event at Lilleshall is very exciting.

“Just last month we were thrilled to have the Queen’s Baton Relay pass through our grounds, providing another opportunity to showcase all that is inclusive, diverse and exciting about the sport.

“Our athletes have had an incredible year so far, competing in national and international competitions, winning medals on the world’s stage and raising the profile of our wonderful sport.

“The hard work and dedication is clear and we look forward to seeing how the team performs next month and to welcoming archers from 36 countries to our home field.”

The European Youth Archery Championships are held on behalf of World Archery Europe every two years.

The 2018 tournament took place in Patras, Greece and the planned 2020 event at Lilleshall was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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