New target for young Leeds archery champion

Field archery champion Joe Fairburn.
Field archery champion Joe Fairburn.
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Sharp shooter Joe Fairburn is tackling a gruelling challenge to help him retain his archery title.

The 11-year-old from Leeds is aiming to raise hundreds of pounds to defend his national title.

The talented youngster, 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.

The Bramhope Primary pupil wants to raise £500 during a cycling and rowing challenge at Cookridge Hall Health Club.

The money will help to pay for his trip to Ireland to compete in the national championships.

Joe will saddle up and get on his bike to cycle 10km.

He will follow up with a 4km row to raise the cash to help keep his archery dreams alive.

Proud dad Colin Fairburn said: “When we found out the competition was going to be in Northern Ireland we told Joe that he would have to raise some money himself.

“It’s not like jumping in the car and driving to Wales.

“He came up with the idea of a fitness challenge at Cookridge Hall and his training is coming along really well.”

Joe intends to donate any additional money raised through the challenge to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

The talented youngster is working towards a place on Archery GB’s talent identification programme, and he is hoping to be selected to represent his country at the next Olympics.

Colin added: “He’s changed his bow style this year so that’s a different challenge for him.

“His aim is to shoot for Great Britain.”

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 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 won his category at the NFAS National Championships last year.

His coaches knew Joe was going to be a success after he managed to hit his first ever target on shot.

Joe looks set to complete his challenge at Cookridge Hall on Friday, February 22.

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