Teenage sharp shooter Griff Jones has been called up to the England under-18 archery team to compete at the Junior National Outdoor Championships.
The 15-year-old recurve archer from Stone is one of only three boys picked to represent England in the championships, which also incorporate the annual Home Nations Competition. The trio will challenge top performers from Scotland, Ireland and Wales in a bid to capture team honours, while at the same time battling against each other for overall individual success in the junior nationals.
Lilleshall National Sports Centre will host the two day event in July. The Stafford Grammar School student is a member of Archery GB’s elite under-18 development squad which regularly trains at Lilleshall and he is relishing the chance to compete on home turf.
“I do see it as an advantage as I know my way around and enjoy shooting there. I’m pretty much at my peak in terms of strength at the moment and my shooting scores have been consistent in recent competitions over various distances. So I’m hoping for a good result,” he said.
Griff’s national selection follows an impressive run of form towards the end of last year’s outdoor season which has continued into the new term. He narrowly missed out on a trip to Samoa for the Commonwealth Youth Games in September after finishing a creditable fourth in the qualifying event, but with years in hand in the age group there are likely to be further opportunities ahead.
“I’m ecstatic to be picked for England. I know I’m going to enjoy taking part and I’ll gain a lot experience which will help me improve. Ultimately I really want to shoot for Great Britain and travel abroad to compete and the good thing is I’ve still got several years in the under-18s,”
added Griff, who belongs to both Stafford Archers and Lichfield Archers.