Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Archery: Sophie Benton's rapid rise to the top is on target

Aiming high: Sophie Benton is a UK champion less than a year after taking up the archery

NORTHERN Ireland archer Sophie Benton is literally aiming for the top after winning the under-15 Junior Ladies Barebow Championship.

The 14-year-old County Down girl has just been crowned a UK Champion, succeeding in the Field Archery Championship at Loughbrickland.

Displaying her natural talent, Sophie broke her own one day record of 250 by scoring 268 at the competition.

Sophie has had a rapid rise in the sport, having been playing it for less than a year. She explained: "I got a bow and arrow set for my birthday last August and started a beginner's course in November. I love it, you get hooked on it really easily."

Sophie has even got her Dad involved.

"Dad does archery as well. He started after me; he saw me enjoying it and thought he'd give it a go!" she said.

Sophie intends to continue competing and is looking forward to future events with her Newtownards club, the Lough Cuan Bowmen.

Her auspicious start will certainly help her along the way.

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