Ella, 19, has more success in her sights
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