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Archery - John Byrne crowned 2014's Staffordshire Champion

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 02, 2014

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LEEK Archery Club member John Byrne is celebrating a remarkable achievement only four years after taking up the sport.

The 62-year-old retired psychiatric nurse was recently crowned as 2014's Staffordshire champion.

John scored 657 out of a possible 720 points to take the title at the Lilleshall national sports centre, after aiming six dozen arrows at a target 30 yards away.

He joined Leek Archery Club after spotting an advertisement in the Post & Times.

John said: "I'd just retired from working for the local mental health crisis team and I was looking for a new interest.

"I had been thinking about archery so I jumped at the chance to have a go, since when I have progressed, thanks to coaches Richard Rigby and Mary Turnock."

John has participated in various sports all of his life, including playing football and cricket for St Edward's Hospital, Cheddleton, where he worked as a nurse, and also squash in his younger days.

He also continues to play competitive tennis for Leek's Abbey Green club.

John's involvement as a recurve archer continues from summer, at the Leek club's Macclesfield Road base, through to winter indoors at Biddulph High School.

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