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HEMEL HERO: Paralympian wins gold for Team GB

 Published on: 27th June 2022   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

Hemel Hempstead’s very own Paralympian hero, Jessica Stretton, MBE, has won gold for Great Britain once again.

The European Archery Championships 2022, which was open to disabled and able-bodied participants, took place in Munich on Monday, 6 June through to Sunday, 12 June. Jessica Stretton, along with Izzy Carpenter and Ella Gibson, emerged as Women’s Team European Champions as they defeated the teams from Denmark, Estonia and Italy.

“My European Championships experience was really great,” said Jessica. “It was such a surreal experience to be able to shoot with Ella and Izzy and to be able to come away with the gold is so amazing!”

Archery’s inclusivity is almost unparalleled in elite sport as demonstrated by Jessica, who was born with cerebral palsy, having the opportunity to compete amongst able-bodied athletes. Four other Para archers were also participating in the tournament. The GB’s Compound Programme Manager, Jon Nott, said: “It was just fantastic to have Jessica Stretton with our women’s team. She really cemented a dominating performance with Ella and Izzy.”

Simon Scott, the Compound Team Coach, was glowing in his reviews for the whole team: “The women’s team gold medal match was astonishing. I’ve never coached such a confident, strong and supportive team. All three girls were shooting incredibly…I knew there was absolutely no way they would not win that title!”

It was back in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games where Jessica first shot to stardom. Aged just 16, already the youngest archer in the Games, she became Great Britain’s youngest ever medallist in archery after she claimed gold in both the Women’s Individual Compound W1 and the Mixed W1 events. She was awarded an MBE in the 201 New Year Honours.




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