Jack Grogan - Nethermoss Archers
ALTHOUGH not having entered a competition since November 2013, Jack Grogan has not been resting on the laurels of his previous successes.
He regularly spends many days at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre training hard and being coached by world renowned Olympic Archery coaches Lloyd Brown and Songi Woo.
The intensive training paid off in Jack's first competition of the year held at the Telford International Centre over last weekend.
The European Archery Festival which is normally held in Nimes, Southern France, was transferred to Telford for the first time, and was hailed as a great success, so much so that talks are taking place to hold it at Telford again next year. Drawing nearly 900 archers from all over the world, and thousands of spectators, it was a massive event.
There were four qualifying sessions being held over Friday and Saturday, and Jack was entered into the Saturday afternoon session.
The qualifying round started well for Jack and after the first dozen arrows, had a slight lead over his nearest competitor. As the tournament progressed, Jack's lead increased to the extent that he had the highest junior score of all four sessions (World Archery - formally FITA - class archers as juniors up to the age of twenty), which seeded him as number one position. After half an hour's break, it was straight into the 'Head to Head' elimination rounds. Again Jack shot well winning all rounds, securing him a strong position in Sundays finals.
In Sunday’s semi final Jack shot against Canadian David Van Der Spek, and again Jack won which put him into the Final Gold/Silver match against number two seed, Florian Tissot from France. The tense match final was won by Jack, much to the delight of the crowds who went wild with the result.