A University student has tasted success in an international archery tournament.
Naomi Jones, who is studying for a Masters degree in Archaeology, was part of the Team GB side that came third at the World Indoor Archery Championships in Las Vegas in February.
The three-person GB team beat Italy to clinch the bronze medal.
As well as this achievement, Naomi’s recent successes include securing the Scottish outdoor championships trophy, the British Indoor Championships trophy, and a medal at the International Field Archery Association (IFAA) European Championships.
I was really fortunate to have had some great preparation in the run up to the championships, as support from the university allowed me to go to several events prior to this. This experience was vital for making sure I was prepared for the kind of high-level competition I saw in America.
The University’s top-notch facilities at the Centre for Sports and Exercise - which include an indoor archery range and a sheltered outdoor range at Peffermill Playing Fields - have served as the training ground for many premier archers in recent years.
As well as the University archery team regularly winning the British Universities Championships, students and alumni have had success in international competitions.
This year, Erik Rowbotham won the IFAA amateur male freestyle event, while in 2010 five University archers represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Naomi is a member of the University’s Individual Sports Performance Programme, which helps athletes reach their sporting potential.
The programme encompasses supervised strength and conditioning support, sports massage and nutrition, and prevention and treatment of injury.
It is open to any University student who is competing at junior international standard or better.
Naomi has also been awarded an Edinburgh Global Elite Sports Bursary in order to support her sporting ambitions.
The support that my teammates and I receive from the Performance programme and our Performance coach, Alistair Whittingham, really ensures that our technique and performances are up to the top-level competition we attend.
Our sports facilities and programmes are among the finest in the UK.
We provide bursaries, training programmes and a range of support services to help gifted students realise their sporting potential.
The University’s sports centre has recently undergone a £4.8 million extension, improving Edinburgh’s state-of-the-art sports conditioning and physical activity resources.
This article was published on May 17, 2012