National title target for record-breaker Imogen

ON TARGET: Imogen Newby broke seven records in eight days

ON TARGET: Imogen Newby broke seven records in eight days

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Halstead’s record-breaking archer Imogen Newby has high hopes of continuing her impressive form by winning at next month’s nationals.

After breaking seven records in the space of eight days, the 10-year-old is targeting success at the Junior National Outdoor Championships in Shropshire.

“It’ll be tough as the best of the best will be there,” she said. “But I still want to win it.”

Newby broke the Short Junior Windsor record with a score of 946, before breaking more records while representing Essex in their recent county match against Kent.

During the contest Newby beat the county under-12 Metric V record by scoring 1,308 points, which yielded four more records in various distances, with her overall total just five points short of equalling the national record.

Leon Newby, Imogen’s father, has been astounded by her success since she first tried the sport in 2012.

“Immy has shot up so much this year,” he said. “It’s just crazy! The major thing is she’s stronger now and has a lot more power in her limbs.

“At the Nationals last year it didn’t go quite as well as she thought it would. This year she wants to win it. I think she can do it if she puts her mind to it.”

Following the Nationals, the Braintree Bowmen archer will compete in the Junior UK Masters in August.

“It’s an invitational event and to get in you have to submit three scores over a certain level,” Leon said. “It’s something like four per cent of the country who achieve the score.”

Being on the Archery GB Development Programme and regular training from Archery GB’s Tony Ferguson has played a big part in Imogen’s success this year, according to dad Leon, who believes she has a good chance of becoming an Olympian in 2020.

“The training has got her to an unbelievable standard,” he said. “The 2020 Olympics would be the first she could qualify for, and if she keeps up the hard work and puts the hours in, it is possible.”