Archers hit the target in France

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The trio returned to the Island with two victories and a second place, the wins achieved by recurve bowmen Mike Coward and Mick Jezequel in the veteran and super veteran classes respectively.

Seventeen-year-old student Lucy O’Sullivan, who is still a junior, continued her fine form too by taking second spot in the senior ladies’ compound section after recording a junior British record FITA 18 score of 571 ex-600.

Compound archer O’Sullivan, who won the British Outdoor junior championship title last summer, beat her previous best indoor score by two points.

And her performance in Cherbourg, and at last February’s British Championships at Lilleshall, means she has now shot the necessary qualifying scores allowing her to compete in the European Indoor Championships, in March, in Torino, Italy.

Former Island cricketer Coward, who emerged from a field of eleven archers to win with a two-round score of 1,088, said: ‘It’s nice to have a degree of success in a new sport, yes I’m chuffed I’ve been shooting around three years since returning to the sport.

‘I tried it and enjoyed it a lot before I had children and now the children are getting older it was time to take it up again.

‘I won in France by 40 points, I did not shoot that well and I know I can do better.

I’m targeting an Island Games now and if the Jersey’s three clubs can sort out their differences I’d like to see an Island team represent archery in the 2010 Commonwealth Games.’

Coward now shoots four nights a week together with five or six times a week at home during the summer months.

‘I love it and I want to do well.

I’d also like to see more youngsters coming into the sport.

‘Young Lucy O’Sullivan is doing really well and on Wednesday night practising for a competition she scored an amazing 598 ex-600 – that’s 58 bulls and two arrows in the nine which is awesome.

‘Admittedly she was shooting at the slightly larger recurve targets but just two shots out of 60 outside the bullseye was just amazing.

‘I didn’t realise that I liked archery until I tried it and I would imagine there are hundreds of youngsters around who would love to try it but they don’t know where to go.

‘Archery should be looking to promote their sport more, it’s about time it had a big open day for youngsters to come along and try.

‘I’m sure is would be well supported and you never know but there might be another couple of Lucy’s out there and they could go on to give her more competition and help raise the standards all round.

Super vet Mick Jezequel beat off the challenge of six other competitors in Cherbourg to win with a score of 992.

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