Over the past year we have seen and steady rise of one of our “small”est young archers Imogen Newby (10 yrs) from Braintree Bowmen Juniors. Most of you should know her by now…as the smallest one on the shooting line!
Imogen started the Archery GB Talent Development Programme about 18 months or so ago and is now trained by Archery GB Performance Coach Tony Ferguson, who is looking after athletes such as Lauren Bann and Alex Body but to name a few.
In the 2014/15 season she claimed numerous major event silver medals from the Essex Champs and SCAS Champs and also her JMB award, but 2015/16 is seeing a huge hike for this talented youngest.
The last winter season saw her break a multitude of club records and claim the Essex and SCAS Indoor Champion titles to her name. This summer she seems to be going from strength to strength.
In the space of 8 days Imogen’s summer campaign has claimed 7 county records, come with 5-6 points of the National Records for the Short Junior Western and the Metric V and had her first call up to the Essex County Squad.
Imogen trains 5-6 days a week following the guidelines set by Archery GB from the TDP. This includes Strength and Core Exercises, Technical Clini-band exercises and of shooting a decent volume of arrows.
Leon, Imogen’s Dad says “I think the key to Imogen is her determination to win. Even if she doesn’t win, she enjoys what she is doing. The training can be boring, I know this is what she would say, but she does it anyway. “
“I have helped with her home training since the start of the TDP and with the help of our club coaches, members and Perris Archery we got through really well I think. Not to forget Jo her Mum, feeding her the right food and doing all her laundry! Now Tony Ferguson is keeping a watchful eye on her and now I can stand aside more as she grows into the athlete we see today.”
Imogen’s plans this summer are to claim the Essex Outdoor, SCAS Outdoor, UK Junior Masters and National Outdoor Junior U12 Recurve titles. While we have a long way to go, things could turn to gold this summer and through next winter for Imogen. Just goes to show that with a little determination and training, anything is possible.
Good Luck Imogen.