High Wycombe archer on target at two major competitions


Hot shot bowman Jai Francis won eight medals from eight events: 5 gold and 3 silver.
Hot shot bowman Jai Francis won eight medals from eight events: 5 gold and 3 silver.

ACE archer Jai Francis brought home a swag of medals after winning selection to compete in two major competitions.

The High Wycombe teenager (14) returned from Melbourne where he collected three gold, one silver and best all round male compound in four events in a second year at the National Youth Archery Championships.

Over the course of 12 days in April, the champion bowman also took aim in the Trans Tasman Challenge.

He added two more gold medals and two silver to his haul in four events, contributing to Australia beating New Zealand and retaining the prized cup for another two years.

Jai Francis with his Trans Tasman trophy.

Alan said his son’s hard work and preparation paid off and with just two days between competitions, it felt like finishing a marathon.

“Both my wife Shannon and I could not be prouder of what Jai, WA and Australia have achieved,” he said.

The La Salle College student, who took up archery about two years ago, won the state and national indoor division in 2016, and set a new national record for a cub.

He is currently ranked number one across all three archery disciplines of Clout, Field and Target for the intermediate division.

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