Penicuik archer Joe Seez wins Scotland call after title triumphs

Joe Seez can't wait to compete in the National Indoor Championships next month

Joe Seez can't wait to compete in the National Indoor Championships next month

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Penicuik Archers shooter Joe Seez is setting his sights on the Olympics after being selected to represent Scotland’s junior squad at the National Indoor Championships in Stoneleigh next month.

Seez, who recently turned 15, won both the Scottish Under-16 and Overall Boy titles at the Junior, Under-21 and Novice Scottish Archery Championships in Montrose earlier this year.

The youngster was delighted with his success, saying: “I was so happy to win the Under-16 boys title, and then to also be awarded overall junior boy was amazing. It’s incredible that I beat such strong competition.”

With Tokyo 2020 on the horizon, Joe revealed his Olympic ambitions. “I’d like to continue to shoot for Scotland, but would also like to shoot for Great Britain, travel the world and shoot in the Olympics one day.”

Joe started shooting four-and-a-half years ago when he was inspired by demonstrations at the town’s Gala Day. He now attends the Scottish Junior Archery Academy and is being coached by the University of Edinburgh’s Alistair Whittingham. This year alone, Joe has broken two Scottish records at Under-16 level, one of which had stood for seven years.

The next major step for Seez is next month’s National Indoors where he will shoot alongside and against some of Britain’s most talented young archers.

“I’m really looking forward to the challenge of shooting against the top archers in the UK,” he added.