Stone sharp shooter Griff soars to GB top six slot

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Stone archer Griff Jones shot to number six in the British junior rankings to cement his place in Archery GB’s performance academy and boost his chance of selection to the England squad. The in-form 14-year-old recurve archer completed an outstanding season in which he sliced 13 points off his indoor and outdoor handicaps and leaped from 18th place to sixth in the under-18s table, putting him in contention for a national squad place.

His personal best performance was in the Cleve Archers Junior Open near Bristol, where he shot 1317 out of a maximum score of 1440 over distances ranging from 30m to 60m. The Stafford Grammar School student is now preparing for next month’s junior national indoor championships at the Ricoh Arena, the home of Coventry City FC, and is targeting a trip to Samoa next year for the Junior Commonwealth Games. Jones would also relish the chance to compete in the selection shoot for the World Archery Youth Games in the USA.

   “I’d hoped to make it into the top 10 but didn’t expect to reach number six. That should get me on the radar. Getting to compete in Samoa is certainly one of my goals and almost a dream, as is taking part in the world championships.

“The competition for places will be very tough though. At the selection shoots I’d be competing against people two years older than me who have experience of shooting internationally out of this country. The experience of participating alongside others ranked in the top 10 would be fantastic,”

said Jones, who is a member of both Stafford Archers and Lichfield Archers.

During the winter he will concentrate on short range shooting, while working with his coaches to improve his technique, strength and conditioning.