Ella, 19, has more suc­cess in her sights

Gloucestershire Echo - - SPORT -

RIS­ING Bri­tish archery star Ella Gib­son has warned she has plenty more in the tank ahead of Septem­ber’s Na­tional Tour Fi­nals at Caldicot Cas­tle.

The 19-year-old has al­ready es­tab­lished her­self on the global stage in her maiden se­nior cam­paign by win­ning three World Cup medals – in­clud­ing GB’S first gold on the World Cup cir­cuit since 2012 in the mixed team event along­side James Ma­son.

Hav­ing only been in the sport for four years – and only shoot­ing in the compound dis­ci­pline for two and a half of those – the Cirences­ter ath­lete is con­fi­dent she can con­tinue to progress.

“I don’t think I’ve reached the top of my game yet but I’m happy with how things have gone so far,” she said.

“Be­fore I started do­ing the compound event, I did bare­bow af­ter some coaches from my club – Deer Park Archers – came to my sec­ondary school.

“I re­ally en­joyed it, so I joined and I haven’t looked back since. I changed to compound when I de­cided I wanted to shoot in­ter­na­tion­ally and one of my coaches rec­om­mended it.

“I had a go with the at­ti­tude that I would try and com­pete for GB – af­ter three months I’d bro­ken a na­tional record and later that year I was shoot­ing scores to be able to com­pete abroad.

“The year af­ter I started compound, I was com­pet­ing in the ju­nior ranks for GB, now this year I’m in the se­niors as well as I con­tinue my tran­si­tion.

“It’s been busy, but my scores have gone up a lot and as well as my three se­nior World Cup medals I’ve also won a gold and a bronze on the Euro­pean Youth Cup cir­cuit.

“I’m ranked 31st in the world, but I’d like to make it into the top 20 next year.”

Gib­son is pre­par­ing for her first Na­tional Tour Fi­nals at Caldicot, where she will be pit­ted against seven of the coun­try’s top compound archers in a bid to be crowned UK cham­pion.

The Glouces­ter­shire-based teenager be­lieves the com­pe­ti­tion rep­re­sents a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to ce­ment her place among the na­tional elite.

“I com­peted in the Key Event Fi­nal – the ju­nior tour­na­ment – last year and won it, so I’m ex­cited to step up now.

“I’m feeling good and shoot­ing well.”

Cirences­ter’s Ella Gib­son with her fel­low GB archery stars

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