Jess bags a brilliant bronze at World Archery Para Championships

Jess Stretton training at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. Picture (c) Roger Bool
Jess Stretton training at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. Picture (c) Roger Bool

Hemel Hempstead-based archer Jess Stretton won a fantastic bronze medal at the World Archery Para Championships in Donaueschingen, Germany – one of 10 medals that the GB Para team achieved in total at the competition.

Jess, 15, has cerebral palsy and has been competing in the W1 category for archery since 2013 – taking up the sport after joining in with a have-a-go session when she was 12.

Jess won a gold medal for Great Britain at the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Junior Games in 2014, as well as being part of the team who won a bronze medal. She also won a gold medal at the Dutch Para world-ranking event in Almere in May 2015.

The array of medals won by the GB athletes in Donaueschingen means that the Para team has secured nine quota places for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.

After a day of impressive results in Germany, Britain continued their success in the women’s W1 competition as Jess faced Zhang Lu (China) in the bronze medal match and won with a final score of 130 to 125.

Michael Peart, Paralympic Coach at Archery GB, said: “We are proud of the successes at this year’s Para World Championships and meeting our targets for the competition.

“Against some challenging circumstances leading into the event, we are encouraged with our progress.

“Such is the increasing level of competition, we know we have to continue to improve to increase our competitiveness for Rio and beyond.”