Junior archer Jacob Boden claimed a national record at the weekend.
Thirteen-year-old Jacob, from Leasingham, is finally seeing the rewards after being involved in a serious car accident last September that meant he could not train properly for a number of months.
He has slowly returned to training with the help of physiotherapists and his coaches, and last week finished sixth out of 24 boys in his age group on both days of the Junior National Outdoor Championships at Lilleshall.
The weekend saw him travel to Northamptonshire for a Record Status shoot. Despite strong, gusty winds and one of the distances being threatened to be abandoned due to rain, Jacob was determined to finish strongly and try his best.
This he did and he is now awaiting ratification from Archery GB on his score to enable his name to be entered against the claim.
On speaking to his coach and being asked what he had been up to he said: “I just shot a national record.”
Jacob has been shooting since just before his 10th birthday and is part of Central Academy at Lilleshall, training with Archery GB coaches once a month. He was coming home from the academy when he was involved in the accident.
Jacob’s mother Rowena said: “It is his love of the sport that drove him on during recovery.”
Jacob is also part of the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Program run by Lincolnshire Sports Partnership and has secured funding as part of Sports Aid.
This funding goes towards travelling, training and equipment purchases. He is always on the lookout for further sponsorship.