Local archers Bradley Denny and Jon Bull have been selected to represent Great Britain at the European Outdoor Youth Championships.
The competition takes place in Ljubljana, Slovenia between May 19 and 20 and the squad was chosen following a selection shoot of the UK’s top youth archers at Lilleshall last weekend.
A team of 12 male and seven female archers has been selected in both junior (U20) and cadet categories (U 17) in recurve and compound categories. The athletes will compete in both an individual and team event.
Sixteen-year-old Denny, who is a member of Archers of Raunds, has been chosen within the cadet age group shooting recurve having recently returned from competing with the senior team at the first round of the World Cup in Shanghai.
Bull, of Targetcraft Archers, will represent Britain in the men’s junior compound team.
Lloyd Brown, Olympic Coach of Archery GB: “We have high hopes for our recurve archers at this event.
“It gives them a chance to shoot against the best archers in their age group, which will tell us exactly where they are at and whether the training in the off season at the regional performance academies has paid dividends.”
Following the qualification round, the archers will compete in a head-to-head event, run in the same format as the Olympics/Paralympics, with a 70m target for the recurve archers and a 50m target for the compound archers.
The Great Britain team will compete with over 300 archers from all over Europe at the Stožice Hippodrome, which is situated outside Slovenia’s capital city Ljubljana for the 14th European Outdoor Youth Championships. Britain is sending the third largest team to the Championships.