Bradley Denny of Archers of Raunds returned from China this week where he competed in the Youth Olympic Games. This is what he had to say about his experience on his Facebook page.
“I have really enjoyed competing in the Youth Olympic Games. I have had my best individual result at international competition so far! Being knocked out in the 1/4 finals and with a final rank of 8th. I’m even more pleased with our shooting in the mix team, also getting knocked out in the 1/4 finals being decided with a shoot-off and with a final rank of 5th place.
I would seriously like to Thank friends and family and the support they showed for me from back home, on this particular trip being in China for so long, it was very helpful! All the words of encouragement were really nice to read and know that so many people are behind me!”
Bradley Denny of Archers of Raunds, along with Joe Ground and Jack Masefield powered through shoot-offs with both Italy and Russia to land a cadet recurve gold medal clash with Germany – and they took the honours in fine style, winning 6-2.
Also, a few days ago it was announced that Brad, along with Bryony Pitman have been selected by the British Olympic Association to represent Great Britain at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing.
The pair, both 17, will be among 33 British athletes competing across 14 sports for the Games, which run from 16 to 28 August.
Bradley and Bryony secured their places during the World Youth Archery Championships in Wuxi last year. But what could it mean for them? As well as finding out more about the Chinese culture, the Olympic Movement and its values, they will be mixing with around 3,600 athletes from 200 nations.
Bradley said: “Nanjing is going to be fantastic experience for me and I’m so proud to have been selected to represent Team GB at the Youth Olympic Games. It’s a big multi-sport event, which is rare for archery, so it’s a chance to meet and learn from so many other athletes. Hopefully it can be a stepping-stone for my dream to, one day, compete at the Olympics.”
Both Jon Bull and Bradley Denny have won team medals for Great Britain at the European Outdoor Youth Championships in Ljubljana, Slovenia!
The GB Recurve cadets team of Brad, Joe Ground and Jack Masefield, beat Turkey in the gold medal match with a 5-3 victory. Having beaten Czech Republic 6-0, Russia 6-2 and the Netherlands 6-2 along the way.
The Compound junior team of Jon Bull, Jake Burn and Jordan Mitchell, beat the Italian team in the quarter final 230-223 and then Russia 227-222 in the semi’s to reach the gold medal final. The Swedish team were just a little to strong for them in the end, so it was Silver for them on the day.
Jon Bull had a great tournament overall, just missing out on an individual medal finishing in fourth place losing 144-135 to Christos Aerikos of Greece in the bronze medal match.