Margate teen archer selected to represent GB in European competition

Sophie Castle in action

A Margate teenager has been selected as an archer to represent Great Britain in the European Youth Cup in Slovenia in May.

Sophie Castle, 17, was selected by the England Archery Federation and is one of 16 youth competitors for GB.

The former Ursuline College student gained her place after meeting set criteria including being on course to compete at the 2019 World Youth Championships and/or the 2020 European Youth Championships;

Sophie, who is a student at Canterbury College, has been involved with archery for 10 years.

She said: “I belong to Canterbury Archers team that trains at Archbishop’s of Canterbury school.

“I got into archery by doing it in Spain on a summer camp. My grandfather asked me if I would be committed to the sport and if I so said he would support me with the equipment and other bits I needed.”

The youth cup competition takes place from May 13-19, and then Sophie has her sights set on achieving a place at the Olympics.

She said: “I want to be selected for the Europeans in Bucharest this year and also the world’s in Madrid. Then in 2020 I want to reach the Olympics. If not I am looking to be selected for the 2022 Commonwealth Games and the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

“I also want to move up the GB training squads and reach the national team. All my hard work is being put in to this and I want to do this to thank my family and grandparents for all their dedication.”

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