Ma­son rel­ishes se­nior switch

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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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