Jess raring to go as the World Archery Para Championships loom large

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

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

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Hemel Hempstead’s Jess Stretton is all set to represent Great Britain at the World Archery Para Championships in Donaueschingen, Germany.

Jess, 15, has cerebral palsy and has been competing in the W1 category for archery since 2013 - she took up the sport after taking part in 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.

Jess also won a gold medal at the Dutch Para world-ranking event in Almere in May 2015, and the teen hot-shot now has her sights set firmly on next year’s Paralympics in Rio.

The World Archery Para Championships is a biennial tournament which runs for a week, starting this Sunday. It is the largest Para event in the World Archery calendar and a key tournament for winning quota places in the run-up to Rio.

Michael Peart, Paralympic Coach at Archery GB, said: “The team has been working extremely hard in the build-up to this year’s World Archery Para Championships and are looking forward to competing on the world stage, whether that’s for the first time or as a familiar environment.

“This event is key on the Road to Rio, not only in achieving quota places, but also in giving the archers experience in a high-pressured shooting situation.

“We hope to build on the success of the tournament in 2013 and lay the foundations for the Paralympics in Rio next year.”

Two years ago the British team dominated the World Archery Para Championships, winning a total of two gold, three silver and two bronze medals and this year’s team will be hoping to continue this success.

The team combines new talent with experience, with Paralympians John Stubbs, Paul Browne, Kate Murray and John Cavanagh bringing their tournament expertise to the field. However, for many of the archers, including Jess, this will be their first World Archery Para Championships.

To follow the process of the archers at the World Archery Para Championships, please visit www.facebook.com/ArcheryGB or follow @archerygb on Twitter.