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On the road to Tokyo

AFTER emerging victorious at the Australian National Indoor Archery Championships and adding another national record to her quiver, local archer Sarah Haywood has set her sights on the 2020 Toyko Olympics.

The 21-year-old Midway Point local, who is a member of the Hobart Archers in Lauderdale, won the Australian National Indoor Archery Championships in the open recurve women division – a competition that occurs simultaneously across Australia, with all results collated online.

Ms Haywood took up archery in 2012 and has since represented Australia multiple times, including at the 2017 Youth World Championships in Argentina; the 2018 World Indoor Championships in Yankton, South Dakota, USA; the Archery World Cup in Berlin in 2018 and again in Shanghai in 2019; and finally, the World Championships in Holland earlier this year.

But this type of success doesn’t come without commitment, with Ms Haywood shooting around 1,600 arrows a week and attending the gym almost every day to build strength and fitness.

Ms Haywood said she had been interested in archery as a child and immediately fell in love with it when she attended a “Come and Try” session at Hobart Archers.

“I’d been doing it recreationally for a couple of years and then I saw how well the boys did at the Rio Olympics – that was really the motivation for me to get serious about archery and start competing,” she said.

“Since then, I’ve competed for Australia in several countries, so it really has progressed very quickly.

“I try to do as many competitions as I can, which can sometimes be a bit hard in Tassie, so I usually have to travel interstate for most things.”

Going into the Australian National Indoor Archery Championships, Ms Haywood said she had high hopes of winning, even though she hadn’t competed in indoor archery for two years.

“I’m really happy and pleased with the win, but a bit disappointed that I only made the one record,” she said.

“But that is only because I managed to break eight records in one day in 2017, so I have high expectations of myself.

“From here, I’m now aiming for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.”

Ms Haywood will travel to Fiji in March 2020 for the Oceana Championships to compete for one quota position (one female archer) in the Olympics.

Failing that, she will travel to Berlin to try and qualify as a team.

“It’s going to be a pretty tough year ahead for me,” she said.

Caption: Sarah Haywood, of the Hobart Archers in Lauderdale, is hoping to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Photo credit: Madison Jones.