YOUNG archer Kathryn Taylor says finishing the year as Britain’s number one junior is better than winning her first national title.
The 16-year-old from Webheath was listed as No 1 Junior Girl in the official rankings of Archery GB – shooting the recurve, the Olympic style bow – in the UK.
It has been a memorable year for the Ridgeway Academy pupil, who had been placed 21st in the 2018 rankings.
Taylor improved her handicap from 128 to 97 this year, becoming Junior Ladies’ under 16 champion in her first national championships and breaking two national records during the season.
She was delighted to be ranked No 1.
“Knowing there are some really good junior girls out there, I thought if I tried really hard I could make the top ten this year, but a slight change in technique and equipment just before the Junior Nationals gave a big improvement to my scores,” said Taylor.
“I thought winning the Nationals under 16 group was good, but this is even better.”
The national rankings are based on performances of all under 18s at world and UK record status events around the country over the last year. Junior archers are required to submit their best three scores from competitions throughout the outdoor season from March to September.
Taylor trains at Meriden Archery Club and with Droitwich Archery Society in the winter months and her proud parents say she has improved beyond measure over the last nine months.
She is coached by Clive Jeacock, former Great Britain team coach, and mum and dad Beverley and Paul Taylor, who are both former GB internationals.
She has also helped Warwickshire to win the County Championship trophy and was part of the West Midlands team which won the Regional Championship and is starting to get good results when shooting in the senior (over 18) category.
On the back of completing her mock GCSE exams, Taylor’s next major event will be the National Indoor Championships at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire this weekend.