Bow­man’s big haul

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS -

ACE archer Jai Fran­cis brought home a swag of medals af­ter win­ning se­lec­tion to com­pete in two ma­jor com­pe­ti­tions.

The High Wy­combe teenager ( 14) re­turned from Mel­bourne, where he col­lected three gold, one sil­ver and best all round male com­pound in four events in a sec­ond year at the Na­tional Youth Archery Cham­pi­onships.

Over the course of 12 days in April, the cham­pion bow­man also took aim in the Trans Tas­man Chal­lenge.

He added two more gold medals and two sil­ver to his haul in four events, con­tribut­ing to Aus­tralia beat­ing New Zealand and re­tain­ing the cup for an­other two years.

Alan said his son’s hard work and prepa­ra­tion paid off and with just two days be­tween com­pe­ti­tions, it felt like fin­ish­ing a marathon.

“Both my wife Shan­non and I could not be prouder of what Jai, WA and Aus­tralia have achieved,” he said.

The La Salle Col­lege stu­dent, who took up archery about two years ago, won the state and na­tional in­door di­vi­sion in 2016 and set a new na­tional record for a cub.

Pic­ture: Alan Fran­cis

Bow­man Jai Fran­cis won eight medals from eight events.

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