Sport Awards: Weekend of celebration for archer Emily

Emily Williams was honoured at the USW Sports Recognition Awards. Neil Gibson, May 2017

Emily Williams was honoured at the USW Sports Recognition Awards. 

Emily Williams is used to achieving sporting success, and she’s recently had several more reasons to celebrate.

The 24-year-old archer from Tonyrefail, who is in her second year of studying for a degree in sports psychology at the University of South Wales (USW), has scooped the Female Sportsperson of the Year Award and International Honours Award at USW Sport’s Recognition Awards.

Emily, who was unable to make the awards ceremony because she was competing, also found out a few days later that she has been chosen as part of the 20-strong team which will represent Britain in the World Archery Championships in France this autumn. She is hoping to shoot well enough to compete in the ladies’ team, and take part in the individual competition.

The road to success started when Emily was just 12, when she was immediately drawn to the sport.

“It was a summer events programme and I was really looking forward to trying out archery,” she said.

“I was excited that I could shoot this dangerous weapon, and I was hooked from there!”

After shooting socially for a few years, Emily decided to get involved in competition from around the age of 18… and she’s not looked back.

“I’ve broken British records and in two weeks will be taking part in the British championships again – I’ve already won that five times, so am going for the sixth,” she added.

“I was also one of three in the ladies’ team in the European Championships last year, where we won a Bronze medal.”

As USW’s only archer, Emily has also set four records while competing in British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) competition, and her success in this looks set to continue.

“I’m going to start my third year at USW this year, and am thinking about doing a Masters in education psychology, so I might well have a few more years of competing ahead of me,” she added.

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