Archer James, 13, wins national title
PUBLISHED: 09:29 04 January 2008 | UPDATED: 15:53 09 June 2010
EXMOUTH Archer s James Montgomery overcame the odds to win a national title at the Junior Indoor Championships
EXMOUTH Archer's James Montgomery overcame the odds to win a national title at the Junior Indoor Championships.
Montgomery, who is 13, thought his chances of competing at the National Sports Centre in Staffordshire had gone after fracturing his bow arm in a fall at school.
With his arm out of plaster just weeks before the championships, Montgomery defied his injury to claim the title of Britain's top U14 indoor bowman.
The competition, which attracted more than 250 young archers from across the UK, was shot on a round of 60 arrows, giving a maximum possible score of 600. In a tense match that finally depended on the last end of three arrows, Montgomery scored 567 points to win his age group by a single point.
Montgomery shot so well he was singled out by Great Britain selectors and invited for trial with a view to joining an elite training squad.
He is following in the footsteps of another Exmouth Archer, Antony Wood, who won the same national title last year.
Glen Montgomery, James's father, said: "When he broke his arm we really thought that was it.
"He was already entered in the event and when he was put in plaster we thought there was no way he would recover in time.