Each month we shine the spotlight on one of our key SFAA personnel or one of our members. This month, it's the turn of one of our younger archers, Tommy Witton.
Tommy started shooting 5 years ago as a cherubic faced youth with Forest Spirit following taster sessions in Centre Parcs and then at Cluny Clays.
Equally at home in a sports hall and the forest, he has also competed in a number of Target/FITA competitions in the last couple of years and hopes that this will continue in the years ahead through his University studies.
He has been selected on a couple of occasions to represent Scotland in the British Target Indoor Championships and was also in the running for a Youth Commonwealth Games place for a while in 2015.
He is his own greatest critic and at 17, Tommy has chosen to bypass the young adult category and head straight into Adult Male Freestyle Recurve to – in his words - “play with the big boys “. Previous to that he has enjoyed significant success picking up numerous club, Scottish and UK Junior titles along the way and has set records that will prove difficult to beat.
He continues to be tempted by other shooting styles and making his own longbow is a particular fancy of his, but his heart remains firmly with recurve.
Having just wrestled new kit from his parents, something in his psyche has flipped too, offering him improved focus (and a fair few points on his average) meaning he put in a particularly strong finish to the clubs season long indoor championship.
Tommy is hoping to sit the accredited IFAA Level 1 coaching at some point and has often been called upon by the club to help young (and new) archers in particular.
The year ahead will be one of change for Tommy and his competition entries will no doubt be impacted by his further education choices. However, it’s safe to assume that he will be pushing for medals amongst the older archers in his category and, fingers crossed, chants of “we love you Tommy!” will be heard at some point.