'I like the fact that archery is both an individual and team sport. In most competitions you are striving to get a certain score and knowing that it's all up to you. Then in some competitions you are part of a team and it's important to encourage each other'
Lizzie first tried a beginner's course in archery when she was eight years old. Her brother and sister had tried archery at PGL, had then joined Kirby Muxloe Archery Club and Lizzie wanted to have a go as well. She hasn't looked back, and since then has progressed to representing Great Britain in the World Youth Championships and the Europa Cup. Lizzie has also been selected by Archery Great Britain for the British Olympic Association's Ambition Programme, designed to give potential Olympians experience of the games in preparation for Tokyo 2020. As part of this programme she was sent to Rio for some first-hand experience.
Training involves shooting up to 1000 arrows per week plus a mix of aerobic exercise, strength, conditioning, and bow training. Lizzie trains for 20 hours a week, usually over six days. Fortunately, she can do a lot of her training at home, which makes it easier to fit in her schoolwork.
Lizzie is a member of Archery Great Britain's Academy and meets with their coach once a week as well as attending the academy camp once a month.
Representing Great Britain in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is Lizzie's goal and to this end she hopes to be selected for the Great Britain Junior team for the World Youth Championships in Argentina this year. She knows it's an ambitious target as she will be up to 4 years younger than her rivals but if she continues to progress it should be well within her reach. She also hopes to compete nationally at senior level and make the top 10 in the senior rankings.
Recent Competitions and Results
Selected for GB Juniors (under 21s) for the Europa Cup in Croatia after leading the rankings in the three selection shoots.
3rd in stage 1 of the Senior National Series and 2nd in stage 2, leading the National Series rankings after the first two stages.
European Indoor Junior Championships – shooting for GB Juniors (under 21). Bronze medal in the team event.
Junior National Outdoor Championships – Under 18 Girls Recurve Champion (5th age group title in successive years)
Winner of the Young Sportswoman of the Year Award in the Leicester Mercury Sports Awards
Junior National Indoor Championships - Girls Recurve – Junior National Champion
Senior National Indoor Championships - Women's Recurve – Senior National Champion
Junior National Outdoor Championships – Under 18 Girls Recurve Champion (4th age group title in successive years)
East Midlands Outdoor Championships – Girls Recurve Champion
Winner of Leicester Mercury’s Young Achiever Sports Award
Commonwealth Youth Games – Individual event – Silver
Commonwealth Youth Games – Team event – Bronze
Competed for GB in the World Youth Championships in America and the Europa Cup in Rome
Competed for the winning England team in the Home Nations match
East Midlands Outdoor Championships - Girls Recurve Champion