A 10-year-old archer who has set her sights on the 2020 Olympics is seeking sponsors to help her achieve her gold medal dream.
Imogen Newby was only eight when she first picked up a bow and arrow at the have-a-go stand at a classic car show, but in just two years she has claimed a number of titles.
Now she ranks 47th in the country for under-18s and sixth for junior under-12s.
Newby, of Ramsey Road, Halstead, a member of Braintree Bowmen, is currently on a training programme which allows her to train with Britain’s top coaches at the Great Britain (GB) Archery training ground in Shropshire once every three months.
But she is hoping to raise £500 to fund 10 additional hours of key training with GB coaches.
Newby’s biggest ambition is to get her hands on an Olympic gold medal, and her first opportunity will be the 2020 Games in Tokyo.
Newby has had an impressive year in the sport, but hopes next year can be even more successful.
“Achieving my junior master bowman, which only four per cent on the UK achieve, is awesome,” said Newby, who is a pupil at Chappel Church of England primary school. “For 2014 I wanted to improve on last year’s scores and stay on the Archery GB Talent Development Programme.
“Next year I am looking towards winning the county and National Championships before I go up an age group to the under-14s.”
At the moment, Newby trains for 20 hours a week.
Her father Leon Newby, who is also a keen archer, said she has had to sacrifice her free time to fit the training and competitions around her education.
He has encouraged Imogen to pursue her sporting dreams ever since she shot her first arrow in 2012.
“She just took to it like a duck to water,” he said. “She loved it and has never looked back since.”
He said this extra funding will be vital for improving her technique if she wants to reach the 2020 Olympics.
For more information about helping Newby, visit her Talentbacker profile online.