Olympic dreams for teen archers

Two Bridlington Juniors Michael Smith and Blain Nicholson who both attend  Bridlington School have been selected to attend training at the performance unit at Lilleshall National Sport Centre in Shropshire, the home of Archery G.B
Two Bridlington Juniors Michael Smith and Blain Nicholson who both attend Bridlington School have been selected to attend training at the performance unit at Lilleshall National Sport Centre in Shropshire, the home of Archery G.B

TWO teenagers have been chosen to attend the home of Birtish archery as they work towards their ultimate goal – competing for Britain at the 2016 Olympics.

Michael Smith and Blain Nicholson, both pupils at Bridlington School, will travel to the performance unit at Lilleshall National Sport Centre in Shropshire once a month.

The pair are both members of the Archers of East Riding club and have been training with the Yorkshire archery squad for the past three years where they have travelled the length and breadth of the country, competing at national competitions

Having impressed their coaches at county level, their names were put forward to the GB archery training team.

For two days a month at Lilleshall, they will work on their technique and fitness with the national squad’s head coach Lloyd Brown.

In the new year they will be training at a new academy which is based at Warrington College at a purpose built sports facility used by other Olympic disciplines.

The academy is a new concept working with coaching for 14-19 years olds, to feed into the Olympic development programme. The aim for Michael and Blain is to take part in the 2016 Olympic games to be held in Rio in Brazil