A KIRKCALDY schoolgirl has hit the target by claiming a national archery title in her first ever competition.
Emma McLachlan, of Sinclairtown Primary, won the female cub freestyle recurve title at the Scottish Indoor Archery Championships at Linlithgow Academy, setting a new Scottish record in the process.
The 11-year-old, who lives with her proud parents on Windmill Road, has only been shooting a few months with Forest Spirit Archers, based at Cluny Activities Centre, as her coach Dennis Watson, a former World champion, explains.
“Emma came to the club in November and like everyone we got her started on the beginners course and then she bought her own equipment,” he said.
“Some people are quick learners and some people aren’t – but Emma has been very quick and has adapted really well to the sport.
“She’s been listening to what we’ve been telling her, and putting it into practice. She is a very good archer for her age and length of time she’s been doing it.
“Everyone at the club is really pleased for her.”
Emma’s proud mum Karen revealed that her daughter first became interested in archery after being given a taster at an outdoor activity centre during a caravan holiday in Dumfries and Galloway.
She added: “The whole family are so proud that we’ve now got a Scottish champion.
“This was her first tournament so she was only there for the experience, but when she smashed the record there was a huge cheer.
“When we came back from holiday we looked to see if there was something local for her, and we discovered Forest Spirit at Cluny.
“She now trains every Wednesday and at the weekends, and the club’s coaches have been absolutely wonderful with her.“
At last week’s Scottish championships, Emma’s high score of 224 won her the gold medal in her class, and broke the previous record set by past competitors.
Another Forest Spirit archer Lewis Cummings, from Kinross, also claimed a gold medal in the junior male class with a score of 206, while club members Michael Stoton (silver) and John Sneddon (bronze) also earned medals.