Archer Marsie in tough Chinese test

Archer Marsie Henderson-Hirst
Archer Marsie Henderson-Hirst

Marsie Henderson-Hirst has returned from the World Youth Archery Championships in China, after representing her country at the week-long event in the Far East.

The 16-year-old from Flagg reached the last 32 of the Junior Compound individuals event which took place on the Wednesday.

She lost out 133-148 to eventual silver medallist Janine Meissner of Germany, after overcoming Hong Kong opponent Taz Siu Chung 130-128 in the opening round.

Marsie, a member of Derwent Bowmen Archery Club in Darley Dale, then competed in the Compound Junior Women’s team event along with fellow Brits Daisy Clark and Georgina Brown on the Thursday.

Despite a brave effort, the three youngsters were edged out by India in the quarter-finals, losing 226-222.

India went on to claim bronze, with Team USA grabbing gold.

Overall GB finished joint-fourth in the medals table, with two golds and a bronze.

Archery GB’s Chairman David Harrison reflected on a successful tournament.

He said: “A huge well done to all our archers at the World Archery Championships.

“Two golds, a bronze and a fourth! We are really proud.”