Marvellous Montgomery lands another national title
PUBLISHED: 08:56 15 December 2011
Exmouth’s James Montgomery has been crowned a national Champion.
The 17-year-old archer James Montgomery rounded off what had, until this past month, been a year of injury and disappointment, with a tremendous win in the Junior National Indoor Championships, held in Telford on the first Sunday of the month.
The teenager is a member of the Archery GB Olympic development squad and also a member of the Exmouth Archers.
He suffered a wrist injury in April, which put an end to his chances of representing Great Britain this year and was forced to take a two month break from the sport to recover.
However, his hard work and determination to get back to full fitness showed by the end of the outdoor season, when he achieved his Junior Master Bowman (highest classification for an Under-18 Archer) and also his Senior Master Bowman classification, earning him an invitation to shoot at the invitation only UK Masters competition next year.
He then competed in The National Junior Championships at Telford on the first weekend of the month, this his final title at the top junior honour before he enters the senior ranks.
He scored an outstanding total of 590 points which is just ten points shy of a maximum and that was sufficient to land him his second national indoor title of his junior years.
Montgomery is now looking forward to shooting against all of the elite adults within competitions in 2012 and it is highly likely that he will feature in the Olympics in the years to come!
Another local archer to do very well at Telford was Catherine (Caz) Harwood who shot among many elite archers and battled her way to fourth position overall in the ‘Head to Head’ competition which sees archers compete on an arrow to arrow basis.
Harwood is another local archer who looks set to keep the Exmouth and local area flag flying high in the sport for many years to come.