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Ulster's rising star Huston is bang on target for World glory

 

By Steven Beacom

Belfast's Patrick Huston has set his sights on gold medal glory at next month's World Archery Championships after being selected to compete in Mexico for the Great Britain team.

The 21-year-old is already a multiple world junior champion but is determined to hit the big time in the senior ranks and will enter the competition in fantastic form having enjoyed an excellent season to date.

He has made it into the top 20 in the world rankings for the first time, was victorious at the prestigious Veronicas Cup and last month took home an individual silver and team bronze from the European Field Championships.

Now comes the challenge to take on the best on the planet and aim for a podium place.

"Archery is a sport that never really stops. My indoor season wasn't anything particularly spectacular, but the outdoor season has been an absolute blast for me," said Telford-based Huston, who competed for Team GB in the Rio 2016 Olympics, losing in the last 32.

"I opened up the season by going to the Veronicas Cup in Slovenia, where I took individual gold and mixed team gold.

"It was a world ranking event so it pushed my world ranking into the top 20 for the first time.

"It's been my best season so far, which is great after the mental comedown of not reaching my targets in Rio.

"The European Field Championships were the highlight of my year. I've done a lot of tournaments internationally as a senior but this was the first field championships, so to be able to come home with two medals was awesome."

On the World Championships, the former Campbell College pupil is not lacking self-belief.

"I'll be bringing home a medal. I'll definitely be a world champion when I come home," he said.

Huston is part of Team GB's Recurve squad for the Championships in Mexico City from October 15 to 22.

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