archer hits the target with national competition win
young Burnham-On-Sea archery enthusiast is celebrating success after
winning a national competition.
Joyce and her brother Darragh Joyce competed at the Junior National
Archery Competition, held at Lilleshall in Shropshire, over the
competed on both the Saturday and Sunday, shooting a 144 arrow Metric
round on the Saturday and a 144 arrow Imperial round on the Sunday,
which in the heat of the weekend was a very demanding task.
was competing in the U12 girls longbow category, while Darragh was
competing in the U14 recurve category.
both Saturday and Sunday Molly not only won the national title in
her age group but was also the highest scoring longbow archer on
the Saturday she had to shoot at a target placed between 30m and
10m away, and on the Sunday it was between 30 yards and 10 yards
her scores were huge personal bests and qualified towards a Junior
Master Bowman classification, for which she now needs to shoot a
third qualifying score.
Saturday Darragh placed 2nd, and on the Sunday placed 3rd, shooting
at a target between 50m and 20m away on the Saturday, and 50 and
20 yards on the Sunday.
meant that he has been on the podium in all 8 national outdoor competitions
he has competed in since the age of 10. His performance was all
the more impressive in that he shot all weekend wearing an orthopaedic
boot having broken a bone in his foot 4 weeks previously.
children are members of Burnham Company of Archers, based at the
attends King Alfred School, and Molly is in her final few weeks
at Brent Knoll Primary before joining her brother at King Alfred
School next year.