Black Country Bugle

Teenage archer to hit the target

- By DAN SHAW dshaw@blackcount­

15-YEAR-OLD Walsall girl Alia Fallouh is one of the team of 24 young archers that will represent Great Britain at the European Youth Archery Championsh­ips this month.

The championsh­ip is held at Lilleshall National Sports Centre, August 15-20, with more than 300 archers from 36 countries taking part. There are multiple medals to be won in both individual and team events, with practice and qualificat­ion rounds, as well as team and individual matches and finals taking place, all expected to attract hundreds of archers and spectators.

Alia Fallouh has been shooting for five years and is the Junior National Championsh­ips recurve bow women under 16 champion for 2022 and 2021. She also took third place in the Archery GB Junior National Indoor Championsh­ips 2021 in the recurve junior women compeition and second place in the 2021 Junior Masters recurve cadet women.

Great Britain’s archers are continuing a tremendous year of success, with gold, silver and bronze medals being won at events worldwide including the European Championsh­ips in Germany, the World Games in the USA, Para Archery European Cup in the Czech Republic, the Archery World Cup in Colombia, and the European Youth Cup in Romania.

Team manager Jon Nott said, “I am very proud of this team we are fielding for the European Youth Championsh­ips. This group of athletes have worked incredibly hard since the UK came out of lockdown to get back to being at the level required to be competitiv­e at an event like this.

“It’s a great honour to be able to compete for Great Britain on home soil at this event, and we have a team that will be competing for medals in all discipline­s.”

The European Youth Archery Championsh­ips is held every two years. The planned 2020 event at Lilleshall was cancelled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Tickets are available to book via Eventbrite.

 ?? ?? Walsall’s Alia Fallouh represents Team GB in the 2022 European Youth Archery Championsh­ips (World Archery)
Walsall’s Alia Fallouh represents Team GB in the 2022 European Youth Archery Championsh­ips (World Archery)

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