Jenkins target Rio after British place

GOING FOR GOLD: Bromyard Bowmen’s Vicky Jenkins has been picked for Great Britain’s disability archery squad. Picture: CAROLYN WARREN

GOING FOR GOLD: Bromyard Bowmen’s Vicky Jenkins has been picked for Great Britain’s disability archery squad. Picture: CAROLYN WARREN

First published in Sport

BROMYARD Bowmen’s Vicky Jenkins is aiming for the Rio 2016 Paralympics after showing a keen eye for success.

The 36-year-old wheelchair archer has gone from strength to strength on joining the Clive Richards Sports Groundbased club last May, resulting in selection for the Great Britain disability squad.

Jenkins used to be a qualified helicopter instructor, working at Wolverhampton and Gloucester airports before becoming ill with a neurology problem 14 years ago.

She took up archery four years ago, shooting a compound bow from a wheelchair, and later moved to the Tenbury Road club.

Jenkins made great progress in tournaments, shooting alongside and competing against able-bodied archers.

In short time, she achieved her Bowman classification — the third highest archery classification below Master Bowman and Grand Master Bowman.

Jenkins also received a Six Gold End badge awarded to those who get all six arrows in the centre gold at a distance of 60 yards or more.

After being talent-spotted, she was invited by Archery GB to the National Sports Centre at Lilleshall for assessment and coaching from the disability squad coaches.

Jenkins and her fellow club members at Bromyard were thrilled when she was chosen for the GB team to train for international competitions.

She will head to Bangkok in March to represent GB and her sights are firmly set on the goal of the Rio Paralympics.

The talented archer emphasised how friendly the club members have been and also the quality of coaching, particularly the advice and encouragement shown by chairman and level two coach Eddy Payne.

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