Mason relishes senior switch
BRITISH archer Lucy Mason believes the step-up from junior to senior level will be a difficult one - but she’s more than up for the challenge.
Mason enjoyed an impressive season in 2019, winning team bronze at the third World Cup stage in Turkey as well as gaining experience at the European Games in Belarus.
As she approaches her final year as a junior, the Cheltenham-born starlet says she’s acutely aware - but also ready for - the hurdles that lie ahead.
“This coming season will be my last season as a junior, so I’d like to get more competitive on a senior level and try and get more into top 10 and hopefully win some medals,” the 19-year-old said.
“I’ve done a few senior trips, so going into that transition is not going to be a brand-new experience. It’s not quite as daunting.
“The level for seniors is ridiculously high everybody shoots so well so you know what level you have to be at.
“It’s going to take a lot of hard work, but I’m willing to put that hard work in and hopefully it will all pay off and it’ll go well for me.
“There’s also the European Championships and I’m hoping to do well there and get a medal.”
Mason’s bronze medal in Antalya marked the height of her season, teaming up with fellow young prodigies Ella Gibson and Layla Annison to beat India in the third-place play-off.
The promising triumvirate were in action together at the National Tour Finals at Caldicot Castle last weekend, Mason finishing fourth and her two World Cup companions winning gold and silver respectively in the compound 50m event.
But despite finishing without a medal, Mason remained upbeat about her overall progression.
“I’ve had a bit of a tough season and have had a lot of problems, but the bronze medal in Turkey was really good,” she added.
“We managed to pull together in Turkey to win my second medal at a senior World Cup.
“We had to beat some really good teams to get there and we had to shoot really well in the final, so all in all we worked really, really hard for that medal and luckily our hard work paid off.”
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