A SHOOTING star is on target to realising her dream of competing at the Commonwealth Games after accepting an invitation to join the Great Britain archery squad.
Hotshot Marsie Henderson-Hirst, a member of the Darley Bridge-based Derwent Bowmen Archery Club, has already represented Derbyshire, the East Midlands and England at the sport, which she only took up seven years ago.
Now the 15-year-old, from Flagg, has been called up for the Great Britain junior compound archery team and faces trials later this year as she bids for selection for a top international event held in Denmark.
But, as the sport is completely self-funded, Marsie is appealing for sponsorship from local businesses to help her continue working towards her ultimate goal of competing at the Commonwealth Games.
“I’ve enjoyed quite a lot of success in various competitions, so I was delighted to be selected for the Great Britain squad,” she commented.
The pupil at Lady Manners School in Bakewell originally began shooting a recurve bow, after completing a beginners course at her local club, but later switched to compound bowstyle, a popular form of archery and her current discipline.
Shoots for Derbyshire and the East Midlands soon followed, and in 2010 she won the under-14 girls’ category at the National Junior Championships, in the process setting a new national record and a personal best.
Marsie went on to represent England at the Junior National Championships at Lilleshall the following year, where she was the overall winner and equalled two British national records, and from this she was invited to compete at the Euronations.
Marsie added: “This is why I really need sponsorship. I attend lots of shoots, many are two-day competitions, so the travelling expenses, accommodation costs and entry fees are a big burden.”
More recently, the teenager rubbed shoulders with some of the sport’s champions after being given the chance to be a Young Games Maker at an archery test event for the London 2012 Olympics.
Voluntary roles such as this are vital to ensuring the successful delivery of the Games.
Anyone wishing to offer sponsorship to support Marsie can email firstname.lastname@example.org.