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Archery achievements

2016 has been another highly successful year for Glenfield archer Lizzie Warner. In spite of an injury last winter that hampered her preparations for the outdoor season, the 17 year old has still won national titles, broken national records, been to the Olympics, gained selection for GB juniors and competed successfully in senior tournaments.
She hadn't fully recovered from her injury by the start of the season and therefore wasn't really ready for the GB Selection Shoot in early June; nevertheless she still managed 4th place and was selected as non-travelling reserve for the European Youth Championships. By the Junior National Championships in July however, she was fully fit and overcame her rivals to take the girls under 18 recurve title, her 4th age group title in successive years. Her focus this year though, was the transition from junior to senior. As a consequence she competed mainly in senior competitions, with a fair degree of success. The highlight of the summer however, was her selection by the British Olympic Association, as the only woman archer, for their Ambition Programme, which was designed to give potential Olympians for 2020 first hand experience of the Games. Lizzie therefore, was sent to Rio where she visited the GB training camps and the Olympic village, talked to top Olympic athletes and watched the women's team finals in her own sport.
Lizzie has spent this winter working on building up her strength and refining her technique with her new coach, Italian Alberto Zagami. She has made good progress if her performance at the Indoor National Championships is anything to go by. In the Junior Championships on the Saturday, in a round consisting of 5 dozen arrows at 20 yards, she shot a PB to win the girls recurve title. In the senior championships the following day, shooting 5 dozen arrows at 18 metres, Lizzie beat her PB by a massive 26 points in the qualification round, finishing as the top UK archer but behind guest Aida Roman of Mexico. In the knock-out stage she shot brilliantly winning her four matches 6-2, 7-1, 6-2, 7-1, to reach the final. Here she came up against Roman, a medalist at the 2012 Olympic Games. She made the Mexican fight all the way taking 3 points from her but eventually lost 7-3. Lizzie however, was already assured of the UK title; a massive achievement for such a young archer.
Lizzie has recently received notification that she is a finalist in the Young Sportswoman category in the Mercury Sports Awards. She has also learnt that she has been selected for the GB junior team in the European Indoor Championships; a mixed blessing as she has to fund this herself. She already receives sponsorship locally from SJ Langtons, the butchers in the square at Glenfield, Thurmaston Dental Practice and Nottingham Building Society but she is hoping that a local business will help her with funding for the Championships in France in March.

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