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Archery ace Megan Bryer hits bullseye with Rainbow Communications Sports Award

By Robert Jones

Megan Bryer is the latest recipient of the Rainbow Communications Sports Award - in partnership with the Mary Peters Trust.

The 14-year-old took up archery six years ago and, while initially only taking part in the sport for fun, she is now aiming for the Olympics.

"Archery is a fantastic sport and one I really enjoy taking part in. It has enabled me to meet lots of new people and I have made a lot of friends from all over Ireland," she said.

"I currently train five or six days every week and I'm currently preparing for the Republic of Ireland's Senior Indoor Championships in March and the European Championships in July or The Lillehsall Youth Festival in August.

"My biggest achievements to date have been winning the U17 All Ireland Outdoor Series 2015 and coming second in both the Senior Ladies in the Irish Indoor Opens in November and most recently in the 2016 NIAS Senior Indoor Championships Ladies Recurve.

"In the near future my goal is to become the Senior Ladies Outdoor Champion in Northern Ireland and the Indoor Champion in the Republic of Ireland. Long term, my aim is to take part in the Olympics.

"I would like to thank Rainbow Communications and the Mary Peters Trust for selecting me for this sports award as the funding has enabled me to take part in International competitions."

Dame Mary Peters said: "So many of our young athletes give up so much to pursue their chosen sport.

"Between travel, practice, training camps and competitions their lives are hectic and they have very little time to fit in school and homework never mind any social time.

"Megan has so much dedication and love for her sport and I admire that, she will be a great success with that attitude."

Stuart Carson from Rainbow Communications, which is Northern Ireland's largest independent business telecoms company, said: "Megan is a great example of someone who is training hard to excel at archery and has set her sights high with the aim of taking part in the Olympics when she is older."

To find about how you can apply for the award, visit www.marypeterstrust.org.

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