September 2018: Max is on target in archery competitions

KEEN archer and Year 7 student, Max Smith was on target when he won two trophies in national competitions

Max is a member of Team Firebird from Gawthorpe Forresters.

He said: “My dad Nathan and brother Harry have been doing archery for over six years and I joined them about two years ago.”

At the National Field Archery Society 2018 3D championships at Flete Estate in Devon and a second NFAS competition in Cornbury Park Estate in Oxfordshire, he won ‘club boy’.

His longbow is taller than him and he was shooting at 3D bosses, which are solid straw filled targets that are in the shape of animals including buffalo, tigers, leopards and many more.

Max said: “In Devon in my class I had to complete two courses with 50 targets in each over two days.

“There were more than 300 people competing, although it was not as busy as last year.

“I think it is fun doing archery and it gets me out of the house and going into the woods where there is wildlife and fungi and trees. I also like meeting up with my archery friends every Wednesday.”

He hopes to be an archery coach and eventually run his own club. Max would also like to be a NFAS safety official so he would be responsible for checking courses to make sure everything is done properly.