Lucy Europe’s No 2 junior archer

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The 15-year-old Beaulieu pupil has shot up the rankings following her initial selection for the GB U16 squad almost two years ago.

Earlier this year she finished with individual and team silver medals in the junior Europa Cup in Germany, then in the second leg of the same competition in the Czech Republic she won individual silver and team bronze medals.

Competing in the Double FITA Star event in Norfolk last weekend, the Senior Grand Master Bowman – a title awarded based on accumulated points over the summer – she won the junior section.

O’Sullivan, supported by Condor and ESC, then competed in Guernsey and claimed yet another junior National record – and can now lay claim to more than 15 record-breaking scores.

‘She’s nipping at the heels of the senior records,’ Lucy’s father Tony said.

‘We were on the boat, on the way back from Guernsey, when she received the call-up for Athens.

That will be a very tough competition, with the top European archers taking part.

Then she will be going to Mexico from 14-21 October, to compete in the World Junior championships, for which she qualified at No 1 in Great Britain.’ Lucy’s school has been very understanding, added O’Sullivan senior: ‘The new headmaster said that she can catch up with her schoolwork when she gets back, and that for now she should just concentrate on the archery.

‘But throughout her success she has kept her feet firmly on the ground – and she has some schoolwork to catch up on this week before we leave for Athens!’

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