Emma eyes Olympics

On target: Perth College Year 7 student Emma Nolan. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d420842
On target: Perth College Year 7 student Emma Nolan. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d420842

The Year 7 Perth College student had an impressive meet at the National Youth Archery Championships in Adelaide in April winning gold in the U12 target event and silver in the two-day field event. She also won a bronze in the U14 match-play event.

The 12-year-old who took up the sport only two years ago and does not consider herself talented, said she liked the sport and wanted to do well.

‘I was looking for a club to join and had friends taking part so I joined Yokine Archery Club ” I was very intrigued,’ she said.

‘I love lots of things about archery, it is a great feeling when you finally find what you have been doing wrong in your technique and then fix it and you see the results.

‘Archery is a very calming sport and I love just zoning in on what I am doing right at the moment.

‘It also tests my concentration and I also love shooting in competitions and beating my own score because this shows that my training is working and I am making progress.

‘I love the feeling of getting it right and hitting the target ” it’s quite addictive.’

Emma balances her sport with studies, which also includes playing the piano and flute but she said music practice has taken a backseat because of the amount of time she devotes to archery.

She has also been invited to compete at the Geosan Amateur Archery Championships in South Korea in August and hopes to go far.

‘I try not to think about what I might want to do in the future, but like any kid that does a sport of course it would be my dream to represent Australia in the Olympics, but I have a lot more hours of hard work to go yet.’