Imogen Newby - Team GB

imogen_detailMy name is Imogen Grace Newby. I was born June 2004 and live in the small market town of Halstead in Essex, England. I started shooting at 8 years of age, following the London 2012 Olympic Games. I have been an Archery GB Performance Academy Athlete for 2 years, heading for the 2024 Olympic Games. On my journey I have claimed county, regional and national titles, I have represented the county of Essex and hold 12 county and 3 national records and last year won the U14 National Indoor Champs for the 2nd year and was the Cub Champion at the AGB Youth Festival.

Why Artebo and what does it do for you?

I love Artebo Chestguards. I first saw the Artebo chestguard at my first Junior National Outdoor Championships back in 2013. One of my competitors wore one and I was intrigued what it was as I had basic plastic mesh chestguard. The material allows the archer to have a snug fit regardless of size and the Velcro fastening is so easy to get the chest guard on and off. But it is ALL about the fit.

The chestguard has a short sleeve which comes into its own on a cold day when you wear additional layers. The sleeve covers baggy over garments and keep everything close to the body, allowing the archer to shoot without the worry of garments getting in the way of the string and aiding a clean release.

It is lightweight and easily washable by hand and will dry overnight ready to wear the following day.

 

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How did you first get involved in your sport?

I got into archery when my grandma and grandpa took me and my family to a classic car show in Brightlingsea. After being persuaded by my Dad to have a go at a Phoenix archery club stand and in his word’s, I came off with the biggest smile on my face he had ever seen and my archery career started.

What are your long-term targets?

My main long term target is to represent my country and win a gold medal in the 2024 Olympics. To do this means the world to me. I would also love to represent my country in other big competitions.

What do you do in your free time?

Because of all the training I do I don’t get much free time. But when I do get some free time I love to read, listen to music, a little bit of photography, watch films and be with my family.

My achievements

2016

  • Junior National Indoor U14 Ladies Recurve Champion (546 24 golds)
  • Berkshire U14 Visiting Portsmouth Champion (560)
  • Junior Ladies U14 Essex County FITA 18m Record 530 (was 448)
  • Archery GB Youth Festival Ladies Individual Cub Champion
  • Archery GB Youth Festival Mixed Cub Team Champion
  • Essex Ladies U14 Imperial Recurve Champion
  • Essex Ladies U14 Metric Recurve Champion
  • SCAS Ladies U14 Metric Recurve Champion
  • SCAS Ladies U14 Imperial Recurve Champion
  • Junior Ladies U12 Bristol V Recurve County Record

2015

  • Essex Ladies U12 Indoor Recurve Champion
  • Junior Ladies U14 Double Metric IV National Record
  • Junior National Indoor Ladies U12 Recurve Champion
  • UK Masters Ladies U12 Recurve Champion
  • UK Masters Overall U18 Ladies Recurve Silver Medalist
  • Essex Ladies U12 Imperial Recurve Champion
  • Essex Ladies U12 Metric Recurve Champion
  • Junior Ladies U12 20m distance (122cm face) National Record
  • Junior National Outdoor Ladies U12 Recurve Metric Silver Medalist
  • Junior National Outdoor Ladies U12 Recurve Imperial Silver Medalist
  • SCAS Ladies U12 Metric Recurve Champion
  • SCAS Ladies U12 Imperial Recurve Champion
  • Junior Ladies U12 Essex County Bristol IV Recurve County Record
  • Junior Ladies U12 Essex County Short Junior Windsor County Record
  • Junior Ladies U12 Essex County Short Junior Western County Record
  • Junior Ladies U12 Metric V County Record
  • Junior Ladies U12 Double Metric V County Record
  • Junior Ladies U12 Long Metric V County Record
  • Junior Ladies U12 20m 122cm County Record
  • Junior Ladies U12 15m 122cm County Record
  • Junior Ladies U12 10m 80cm County Record
  • Junior Ladies U12 15m 80cm County Record

2014

  • Essex Ladies U12 Indoor Recurve Champion
  • Essex Ladies U12 Imperial Recurve Champion
  • Essex Ladies U12 Metric Recurve Champion
  • SCAS Ladies U12 Metric Recurve Champion
  • SCAS Ladies U12 Imperial Recurve Champion

How long have you been shooting?

I have been shooting since October 2012 but started in August just after the London Olympic Games.

How often do you shoot?

I train for approx. 20 hours a week I shoot at least 4 times a week on blank boss and target faces. I also do pre-hab, strength and core and physio work out 3 times a week.

Foto: Derek Sizeland

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