Sunday, July 6, 2008

Two Sisters to Shoot at Olympics

Two Lothersdale sisters savour archery success ;

THE ELDEST: Danielle Brown

Two sisters from Lothersdale have had some excellent success in archery with the eldest Danielle Brown going to Paralympics and the youngest Georgina set to compete for Great Britain in the World Championships later this year.
ParalympicsGB has named Danielle as part of the 11-strong archery squad to represent Britain at this summer's Paralympic Games in Beijing.
Twenty-year-old Danielle is the youngest member of the ParalympicsGB archery squad for this summer's Games.
Danielle, who took up archery five years ago and within three years had made it to the international squad, won two gold medals at the world championships in Korea in 2007.
She said: "Going to Beijing will be a big thrill and I'm very excited about it.
"It is the result of a lot of hard work and I've actually deferred my university degree to concentrate on Beijing."
Danielle is joined in the ParalympicsGB archery team by Paralympic champions John Cavanagh (London) and Kathy Critchlow Smith (Oxford) as well as Games debutants Mike Karphillides (Luton), Mick Beard (Cornwall), Pippa Britton (Newport, South Wales), Lynne Burton (Chelmsford), Mel Clarke (Norwich), Kay Lucas (Ludlow), Fred Stevens (Hinckley, Leicestershire) and John Stubbs (Warrington).
Head coach and archery team manager Tim Hazell, said: "Danielle is a superb young talent that just gets better and better and is looking to add to her gold at the worlds.

THE YOUNGEST: Georgina Brown

"Overall this is a very strong squad we are sending out and I have no doubt that we will be bringing home some medals.
"I am delighted for all the archers who have made the squad, they are all there on merit and they will do us all proud."
ParalympicsGB Chief Executive for the Beijing Games, Phil Lane said: "It's fantastic to see so many archers qualify for the ParalympicsGB team for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.
"With the inclusion of the compound bow for the first time, ParalympicsGB have the opportunity to bring home more medals."
The Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games opens on September 6 and closes on September 17.
The archery events at the Games take place at the Olympic Green Archery Field and will run from September 9 to 15.
Following in her sister's footsteps Georgina Brown has followed in the footsteps of her elder sister Danielle's archery success with some excellent accomplishments of her own.
Like her sister and indeed the rest of the family, Geogie shoots the compound bow, which her father Duncan Brown said is unfortunately not yet an event in the Olympics (currently this is the recurve bow only).
This year however the compound bow has been added to the Paralympics for the first time and Danielle is a member of the 11-strong squad.
Georgie, a 15-year-old pupil at South Craven School and member of Aire Valley Archers, however, has had some individual successes of her own and has been selected as the compound girl representative to shoot for the England team in the Junior Outdoor Home Nations Tournament to be held this Saturday at Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire as part of the Junior Champs Weekend.
Georgie's latest success is to be selected to shoot for the Great Britain archery team for the Youth World Championships in Antalya, Turkey, from October 6-12.
In order to be selected Georgie first needed to attain scores above a set criteria in order to be invited to a selection shoot held on June 12 at Lilleshall.
At the selection shoot three positions were available for the Compound Cadet girl category with four other girl cadets having also attained the required standard.
Georgie not only came through the morning shoot in first place but in a round-robin league table in the afternoon she won every match to come through in first place.
Her father Duncan said: "Georgie has come on leaps and bounds this year. I personally think she a lot of potential. She's breaking all of Danielle's records."
In addition to the achievements already mentioned, Georgie's other archery successes include: Northern Counties girl indoor compound champion 2005, 2006 and 2007 (shot every November - the girl champion is for U-18s).
Yorkshire Indoors girl indoor compound champion 2006 and 2008 (shot each March - the girl champion is for U-18s).
Yorkshire Target (outdoor) compound girl champion 2007 and 2008 (shot each June - the girl champion is for U-18s).
Junior National Indoor Champion 2007 - U-16 girl compound bow (shot each December).
2:41pm Thursday 3rd July 2008

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