It's time to introduce you to another of our brilliant new junior ambassadors, letting them tell their story in their own words of who they are, what they love and why they chose to become an Archery GB ambassador. This month, we hear from Alex Shehata-Morgan.
Hi, I’m Alex, a 16-year-old recurve archer from Evesham Archery Club.
I have been involved with archery for as long as I can remember. I used to go and watch my dad compete at tournaments from when I was three years old and I had my first bow, a fibreglass one, when I was four with my own target to shoot at.
It was inevitable that I would get into archery at some point, especially with my dad shooting a lot, but it was watching the archery at the 2012 Olympics in London that really motivated me to start archery. The earliest I could do my beginners course was when I was 8, and I really enjoyed it. I had my first recurve bow for my 9th birthday and the following year I entered my first competitions, coming 3rd, 2nd and 1st in my first three tournaments. Later that year I came first in my age group in the County and Regional Junior Championships. I also got my Junior Master Bowman classification the same year and was invited to shoot for the county at the Regional Junior Intercounty Competition.
At the Junior Masters in 2018, I finished second after a one-arrow shoot-off in the final. I retained my JMB in 2018 and won the County and Regional Junior Champs for my age group again.
Since then, I have been working hard on my technique and have regular coaching sessions which I really look forward to. I have also been working on my strength and conditioning and have weekly 1-2-1 PT sessions. I guess it has been working as I have since won the regional junior title again and the county junior title twice.
My club runs at least five beginners' sessions a year, and we would often be shooting on the far side of the field, when the coaches were running the sessions. We would usually go over and say hello to the beginners, have a chat to them, and watch the coaching. This got me thinking about how I could help people get into archery and stay in the sport I enjoy so much. This is why I applied to be an Archery GB Ambassador. While my application was being processed, I also joined the club committee as a junior rep and have started my session coach qualification.
I hope that being an Ambassador and coach will be a great combination to help get more juniors into archery and help them along their journey. I am really looking forward to what the next two years bring.