Archery
McCarthy aiming to be a local hero

04/04 Updated: 04/04 12:37

TALENTED teenage archer Caitlin McCarthy has been hand-picked as a future British Olympian after being chosen to be part of the Lloyds TSB Local Heroes initiative.

The 16-year-old will receive a cash injection of £1,000 towards training and competing and is one of only 264 youngsters selected from across England and Wales.

The Stratford upon Avon Grammar School for Girls pupil attended the launch of the scheme at Wembley Stadium, where she rubbed shoulders with Olympic diving silver medallist Leon Taylor.

And McCarthy, a Royal Leamington Spa Archery Society member, admits her recent recognition will be just the confidence boost she needs ahead of a hectic 2012 season.

“It’s so nice to get this recognition not just for myself but for my sport,” said McCarthy, who also was treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Olympic Park in East London.

“It’s helped my friends understand that what I’m doing is something I take very seriously because they don’t always realise how much hard work I have to put in.

“It’s such a fantastic feeling to be involved with the scheme and to know that people want to help you achieve your goals.

“I’ve got the Junior National Outdoor Championships coming up in July at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Newport, and the money will be such a help with travelling and accommodation costs.”

In partnership with SportsAid the Lloyds TSB initiative is designed to ensure more talent reaches the top of their sport.

In total 346 talented athletes are part of the programme with 82 Bank of Scotland Local Heroes north of the border also receiving funding towards training and competing.

Lloyds TSB Local Heroes, in partnership with SportsAid, provides support and funding to 346 of Britain’s most talented developing athletes on their journey to London 2012 and beyond. Since 2008, the programme has supported 1,000 athletes. Follow future stars at facebook.com/lloydstsblocalheroes

Popular Stories »

More sport »

Try spree helps fight for survival

Kenilworth 87 Dunlop 5 AN EMPHATIC 15-try victory

Late goal dents Saints title bid

Pershore Town 2 Southam United 2 A LAST

Brakes boss adds Steele to squad

LEAMINGTON manager Paul Holleran strengthened his striking options

Kenilworth march into colts final

Kenilworth Colts 34 Old Coventrians Colts 14 KENILWORTH

Local News »

Regional sport »


Stratford Observer
Jackson ready for Snetterton test

AFTER a five-week mid-season break, Airwaves Racing driver Mat Jackson ...

Rugby Observer
Town face tough season opener

RUGBY Town face a tough start to their Southern League ...

Coventry Observer
Sky Blues boss Steven Pressley content with summer work

In the first first of a two part interview Steven ...

Redditch Standard
Inspired Lauren reaches T54 final

LAUREN Rowles - the 16-year-old wheelchair racer from Cofton Hackett ...

Other Interests »

Business Directory »

See your advert here »