Andrew is still pursuing dream

Andrew Randall, Derwent Bowmen
Andrew Randall, Derwent Bowmen

ARCHERY ace Andrew Randall has the Olympics in his sights after coming close to a stunning victory at the country’s top archery tournament.

The 19-year-old, a member of the Darley Bridge-based Derwent Bowmen Archery Club, saw off double Olympian Larry Godfrey in the semi-finals of the Archery GB National Series Grand Final tournament, at Speke Hall in Liverpool.

That paired him against double Olympic bronze medallist and reigning champion Simon Terry in the final.

The British number one took the first two sets to roar into a 4-0 lead. But Andrew refused to be intimidated and clawed his way back by winning the next two sets himself, to level at 4-4.

In the deciding set, Terry used all his experience to see off Andrew’s challenge. But the former Lady Manners School pupil, who reached the Grand Final with stunning performances at five qualifying tournaments, now has a taste for the big time. And the Olympics is in his sights.

“This was a fantastic experience, and I’ve loved every minute of it. Performing in front of big crowds, and against some of the world’s, let alone the country’s, top archers has been amazing. Simon is an Olympic archer, and one day I want to be one too.

“I’m very realistic, and while it would be a dream come true to take part in London next year, I’m looking at Rio 2016 as my Olympic aspiration.”

Andrew was the British National Junior Champion last year, and has now broken into the country’s top 10 ranking, currently ranked at number nine.