David, who is from Rushall in Walsall, has a hobby which has seen him rise through the ranks to become a GB Development Squad archer. He explained: “When I was 9 we had a school fun day and they had an archery display where you could have a go. I was bitten straight away and with the help of my Dad we looked for a club which would take me, but I needed to be 10 for most of them. However, we came across the Lichfield Archers who are one of the best clubs in the region.
“The Lichfield Archers allowed me to join and they have great facilities with full size ranges for outdoor archery and full sized indoor areas. Dad started archery with me and we have enjoyed many opportunities to shoot together.”
David proved to be rather good at archery and at the age of 11 stepped up to a compound bow rather than the traditional bow most people associate with archery and he started in competitions, shooting 12 dozen arrows at targets over 4 distances during a day. By the age of 13 he was competing further afield.
At the age of 13 David was selected for the GB Archery Competition Youth Development Squad from which the best archers will represent their country. He has been 3 years in the squad with the best coaches in the country improving his skills.
At 13 David was given the taste of international competition as he chose to enter the World Indoor Archery series event in Nimes in France. David says the best way to improve is to compete against the best archers.
Selection for GB Development Squad has been a highpoint for David and Junior National Outdoor Championships are held with the test being to shoot at targets at distances of 30m, 50m, 70m and 90m. This summer David participated in a week long Archery GB Youth Festival at Lilleshall in Shropshire. Competing against up to 21 year olds, some from abroad, he came third overall in the cadets category in a competition where the scores after 72 arrows are counted.
For now David concedes it is time for a rest from archery as he wants to focus on his apprenticeship and his college work. His future career may be in the commercial vehicle world, but he will soon be back to pursue more success with his skills at archery.