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Hollie Smith

Hollie Smith.

The 14-year-old compound archer, from Heanor and a student at Heanor Gate Science College, is a member of Derwent Bowmen and was selected for the Great Britain Youth Development Squad.

Hollie says: "The year 2015 has been one of my hardest years in archery so far, both mentally and physically it has had many ups and downs.

"My major up was being selected for my first international appearance with the GB team in May. I flew out to the European Youth Championships in Austria it was an amazing experience for me at the age of 13.

"It gave me a lot to digest and take in shooting in a huge football stadium was a unforgettable experience and made it more memorable to come back with a team gold in the Girls cadet compound event, shooting a European record twice.

I made the selection shoot for the World Championships in Yankton USA, but unfortunately I didn't make the team, which was one of the downs for me as I struggled both mentally and physically to understand the weather conditions.

With the weather being so windy, it had made me realise a big area where I needed to improve is my strength. It meant sacrificing defending my national title and other Junior Tournaments to be able to give me more opportunity to make scores for the 2016 World Championships selection shoot.

"I am very pleased to say I have made the selection criteria for 2016 and I am very pleased with my progress through the rest of 2015, having made changes to my equipment including a new bow.

"My goals for 2016 are to qualify for the Europa Cup trip to Romania along with wining back my national title and entering higher profile tournaments like the senior National Series.

"With my training, I am working hard in the gym and at home to increase my strength to a higher level, I am currently training four to five times a week, which includes shooting around 600 to 700 arrows. I am also working through the winter on my technique and execution of my shot."