On her way home from the NatWest Island Games in the Isle of Wight, Aalin George gained a Grand Master Bowman status after competing in the Junior National Outdoor Competition at Lilleshall over the weekend where she was joined by her younger sister Kirsten.
Following Aalin’s outstanding performance at the Games where she won individual gold in the women’s Fita and individual silver in the women’s head-to-head competition, setting new IG records in the process, she excelled in her two competitions at Lilleshall.
On Saturday, shooting the Junior National Fita Star round, Aalin finished with a score of 1378 which was a new national junior record. She also set a new record at the longest distance of 70m as well as for the long metric which is the two longest distances of 70m and 60m combined with the scores being 348 and 345 respectively. The scores she recorded at the Games and Lilleshall were the remaining two scores she required to attain Grand Master Bowman status (at senior level) putting her in the top one per cent of GB archers.
On Sunday she went on to compete for the Junior National Compound Championship, shooting a Hereford round of six dozen arrows at 80 yards, four dozen at 60 yards and two dozen at 50 yards. The maximum possible for this round is 1296. Of her 144 arrows, 137 of them were in the gold giving her an overall score of 1280. Once again this was a new national junior record for the round by 16 points and 96 points ahead of the second place archer.
Sister Kirsten, shooting in a younger age group than Aalin, competed in a Metric three round on Saturday with a score of 1345 which placed her in third position. On Sunday she shot a Bristol three round with an overall score of 1274 putting her in second position. These results indicate that Kirsten will be one to watch for the future.