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Eva Henderson-Hirst

Eva Henderson Hirst.

The 16-year-old archer, from Flagg and a student at Buxton and Leek College, is a member of Derwent Bowmen, winning the National Junior Outdoor Championships and has been selected onto the Great Britain Archery Academy.

Eva says: "My competitive year 2015 has been great. I have exceeded my goals in many elements.

"An unexpected achievement this year was junior team (I am currently a cadet - a younger age category) selection for the European Cup in Rome. I performed well getting a competition PB in the team element of the competition. The trip was a great experience and gave me a valuable insight into the junior competitive level.

"My second somewhat unplanned achievement was a top seven senior lady qualifying place at the national series final. This gave me a place at the national series final which was hosted at Wollaton Hall in Nottinghamshire. I finished seventh, which I felt really proud of.

"I also retained my Junior National Outdoor title for the second year.

"My goals for next season will include defending that title again, attending and qualifying for the National Series final for a second year and qualifying for the GB team in an international trip.

"To underpin these planned achievements, I am working hard on my strength and fitness levels, which I train on four times a week.

"I am currently in a technical training phase and working hard on small technical advances that I'm making during the winter season. I shoot over 1,000 arrows a week, and train both at home and at my club."