Two sharp shooting archers are right on target to become Britain’s next Olympic hopefuls.
Joe Fairburn and Catherine Dales, both from Leeds, are among just a dozen youngsters from the north of England to be selected for the new Archery GB Academy.
They will be trained by a selection of top coaches in a bid to help them become the country’s next Olympic superstars.
Joe, 11, and Catherine, 14, will be expected to shoot around 1,000 arrows each week to help them achieve their Olympic dreams.
Joe’s proud father Colin, who lives in Bramhope, told the YEP: “I was just thrilled to bits for Joe when he was selected.
“He has put in an awful lot of hard work into it and the amount of work he will have to do is massive.
“He’s got to shoot 1,000 arrows a week and it will help to prepare him for the next step.
“He’s got his sights set on representing Great Britain at some point in the future.”
Prince Henry’s Grammar School pupil Joe, who picked up his first arrow at the tender age of five, added three strings to his bow after landing a trio of titles last year.
Wetherby High pupil Catherine took up archery nearly four years ago after a family holiday.
Catherine’s mum Karen, from Scholes, added: “We were just over the moon that all the hard work has paid off.
“It’s going to be a very long process but she is very excited about the new challenge.”
The youngsters are set to train at the academy in Beverley once a month.
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Joe Fairburn and Catherine Dales are some of the country’s brightest archery stars after they were selected for the Archery GB Performance Academy.
Archers who have been selected for the scheme are mostly aged between 10 and 16.
But Joe and Catherine are looking for local businesses or individuals to sponsor them to make their Olympic dreams a reality.
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