Teenage archer aims for victory in contest

Eva Henderson - Buxton and Leek College
Eva Henderson - Buxton and Leek College

A sporty student will have her eye on the top prize when she flies out to Romania to take part in an archery competition.

Eva Henderson-Hirst, of Flagg, who is studying Outdoor Sports at Buxton and Leek College, is due to travel to Bucharest to represent Great Britain in a European Youth Archery competition.

Eva Henderson Hirst Archery

Eva Henderson Hirst Archery

The 17-year-old first took up a bow and arrow at the tender age of six, and with both parents - dad Dean Hirst – a level one coach and mum Jane Henderson-Hirst – working as a GB coach in the sport, Eva has trained hard to get selected for the national team.

A member of the Derwent Bowman, one of the biggest clubs in Derbyshire, she has put in hours of practice on her shooting.

Now, helped by sponsorship from the Derbyshire Institute of Sport and Matlock Lions, she will be taking part in five days of competitions running from July 18 to 23 in Bucharest and is pinning her hopes on bringing home a medal for team GB.

Eva said: “My whole family, including my two sisters, have got involved in archery.

“When I tell people that I enjoy archery they are always quite surprised as it’s not a sport they know much about but I have enjoyed it from the age of 6 and now have my own personal trainer and have qualified as a level one archery coach so that I can start to train others.

“I was selected for the GB Youth Team at the National Sports Centre in Telford and I’m very excited about my trip away.”