Archer Jenny bounces back from injury with two silver medals

Archer Jenny Bryan, who won two silver medals at the European Youth Championships.
Archer Jenny Bryan, who won two silver medals at the European Youth Championships.

Teenage archer Jenny Bryan, from Kirkby, bounced back from a serious injury to bring home the bling from the European Youth Championships in Greece.

The prestigious event was Jenny’s first international competition since she damaged her shoulder last November.

She was unable to shoot at all for five months, but after training hard, she enjoyed a glorious return, landing two superb silver medals.

The 15-year-old, who goes to Ashfield School in Kirkby, was seeded 11 out of 30 competitors in the U17s’ individual event. But she proceeded to knock out home favourite Annez Athanasiadi 135-128 and also the second and third seeds on her way to the gold-medal match, which she lost to English rival Layla Annison, who is the world champion in her age group.

Alongside teammates Annison and Holly Clifford, Jenny also shot for the gold medal in the cadet team final after the trio had secured the European record.

Jenny is a member of the Sherwood Archers club and is sponsored by Custom Built Archery, of Eakring. She started shooting at the age of seven and has steadily improved, breaking national records and representing England twice.

Her next competition will be for England at the Junior Commonwealth Games.