TALENTED Evesham archer Sally Gilder is certainly one to watch for the future after being selected to represent Great Britain at the World Youth Championships.
The 18-year-old’s career continues to go from strength to strength after her selection for the prestigious championships, which got underway in Yankton, USA, on Monday and run until Sunday.
Gilder, who was ranked second in the national junior rankings in 2013, has progressed from Archery GB’s Central Performance Academy and is now in World Class talent confirmation.
Last month she represented Great Britain at the second stage of the Archery World Cup in Turkey but the Youth Championships will be her first senior event in GB colours since taking up archery in 2006.
The Vale resident has been selected as one of 23 cadet and junior archers who landed in the USA, where they will join 600 athletes from 60 countries across the world.
With an even split of recurve and compound archers, the team consists of 11 female and 12 male cadet (under 20s) and junior (under 17s) athletes who will be competing against the best in the world.
Gilder will be seen as one of the more experienced athletes in the team along with Bradley Denny and Patrick Huston who have all competed as part of the senior teams, whilst the rest have yet to compete on the world stage.
“It is a really exciting time for Archery GB’s youth team, albeit young the squad has some great experience within National and International competitions,” said Lloyd Brown, head of athlete and coach development at Archery GB.
“The squad of 23 archers, from across the UK, are the future of Archery GB and we are really proud of all of them for qualifying for the World Youth Championships.”
There are four categories of archers within the squad including junior teams for under 20s and cadet teams for under 17s.
Gilder will shoot alongside Bryony Pitman in the women’s junior recurve event.
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