Sharp shooter Joe Fairburn has always wanted to be an archery ace.
Now the ten-year-old from Leeds has got another three strings to his bow after landing a trio of national titles.
Joe picked up his first arrow at the tender age of five after he was inspired to take up the sport when he saw Robin Hood on television.
And now the Bramhope Primary pupil is now on target for a successful sporting year after winning three national championships in just four months.
Joe beat off tough competition at the National Field Archery Society 3D Championships in June in the under 12’s category.
He also scooped the Grand National Archery Society UK Junior Field Archery under 12 title where he smashed three records and he won his category at the NFAS National Championships last week.
Proud dad Colin Fairburn said: “It’s absolutely brilliant really and he works really hard.
“He managed to break five national records this year.”
And the youngster is working towards a place on Archery GB’s talent identification programme.
He is hoping to be selected to represent his country at the Olympics and in international competitions.
Colin said: “That would be the dream for him to compete for his country whether it’s the Olympics or world archery.”
Joe spends around 20 hours a week building up his strength and is a member of Panda Bowmen Archery Club, in Leeds. and Riggwelter Field Archers.
He also has special training from Cookridge Hall Health & Fitness and financial help from some local businesses and the Bramhope Trust and Bramhope Youth Development Trust.
His coaches knew Joe was going to be a superstar after he hit his first ever shot on target.
Colin, who has also taken up archery, added: “The first arrow he ever shot got right in the centre of the target.
“The support he has received has been excellent. I shoot as well but not very well. It’s not a particularly great spectator sport.
“It’s a good father and son thing and Joe just gets on and does his own thing although he just loves beating me. I can’t remember the last time I won.”
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