On Saturday, October 5 young archery prodigy, Tom Rice represented the Junior Lancashire Archery County Squad in his first competition at the Junior Inter-Counties shoot in Penrith, Cumbria. Tom and the squad made the 100mile journey to Penrith hoping for success in the competition. The Tournament was made up of five counties covering Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire, Yorkshire and Northumberland.
Tom showed no nerves throughout and looked at easy as he went up against some phenomenal archers. Tom shot a Bristol three round which is six dozen arrows at 50 yards, four dozen arrows at 40 yards and then two dozen arrows at 30 yards. Not only did Tom get a six gold end with his second dozen arrows at 50 yards, but he also achieved a new personal best for the round and won first Place Junior Boys for the Bristol three round, gaining a Red Rose Award and set a new Lancashire Record. Tom said: “My first archery competition representing Lancashire was fantastic, although I was very tired by the time I arrived back home, my experience had left me feeling amazing.”
Since picking up his first compound bow, only nine months ago, Tom has gained so much from the sport. He cannot wait for his next competition in November where he will be representing his own club Nethermoss Archers at the Lancashire Archery Association Indoor Championships.