Jones on target with Team GB shot
PAIGE JONES, of Balderton, has hit her target and fired herself into the Great Britain archery squad.
But despite her recent success, Jones still has her eyes on what she believes is the next step up, the Commonwealth and European Games.
The 16-year-old, who claimed a gold and two silver medals at the Great Britain Archery Youth Festival at Lilleshall in early September, was ecstatic when she found out she had been called up.
“I remember the exact moment I found out I was in the squad,” said Jones.
“I had submitted my scores about a month ago and I knew the email would come through with the news.
“Ten people were going to be named, so I was hopeful but not too confident.
“I had just come out of sixth form after having a really long week.
“Then I got the news, I had been selected for the Great Britain squad.
“I was absolutely speechless, really happy.
“My mum was nearly crying, I could see it in her face.
“She knew I was good at archery, but I do not think she realised how good I am actually getting.”
After an impressive performance in the individuals category, Jones beat the highest-ranked archer, Kai Thomas-Prause as she went on to claim the gold medal.
The Newark Academy student followed up her gold with two silver medals in the team event and mixed team event to round off a successful tournament.
“That was the turning point for me,” she said.
“Nobody could believe how far I have came on.
“I did not enter thinking if I do well I will get a call up for Great Britain, I just wanted to get my name out there.
“The school have been really helpful, they put up posters with news about my events and always ask about how I do (at competitions).
“Everybody has been so supportive, especially my friends and family.”
Jones, who has been a member of Belvoir Archers for three years, uses a compound bow.
She will join up for the first stage of development squad on October 20 to continue her training, which has so far consisted of monthly sessions at Lilleshall.
After stage one, the archer will find out what her next step is heading into the summer season, she said:
“I just need to keep focused and continue training at the minute,” she said.