Duffield archer aiming to shoot his way to Olympic glory

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A Duffield archer is aiming to shoot his way into the history books by winning Olympic gold.

Struan Caughey (15), who is the current Derbyshire champion, is aiming to win a medal at the 2020 Toyko Olympics, before claiming gold in 2024.

The plan has been devised as part of a career development plan devised during his time at the National Centre of Excellence in Lilleshall.

Struan, who is the 9th ranked archer in the UK, is now hoping to represent GB at next year’s World Championships in Yukon, USA,and at the European Cup in Rome.

Said Struan: “It is going to be an amazing year if everything goes as I hope.

“When I went on the Talent Idenfication Programme at Lilleshall it really opened my eyes to what I can achieve if I work hard and am motivated.

“My scores are going up and I feel that the hard work I am putting in to archery is paying off.

“To represent GB next year would be amazing experience and would develop my career even furthe. It would also be a massive stepping stone to what I want to achieve.

“I have learnt so much at the Centre of Excellence and am developing well.

“I have got a clear 10 year plan in place and know what I want to achieve. We will see where it goes.”

Scottish-born Struan has already competed for his nation at the Junior Nationals Outdoor Championships at Lilleshall National Sports Centre where we achieved second place.

The Ecclesbourne School pupil is also currently the number one ranked archer in Scotland,

As part of his training regime, Struan trains 25 hours a week shooting arrows and doing core and strength and conditioning programmes.

Struan shoots for the Derwent Bowmenin Darley Dale and took up the sport after attending a summer camp five years ago.