TyneMet Archer wins double gold at European Youth Cup

Tyne Metropolitan College archer Alex Wise won two gold medals at the recent leg of the European Youth Cup in Povec in Croatia, beating some highly skilled archers from Austria, Moldova, Italy and top seeds Russia.

Wise was part of the Great Britain Recurve Cadet Men’s team that defeated Russia 28-25 in a goal medal shootout after the match finished 4-4, Wise clinching victory with a 10 with GB’s final arrow.

Wise also shone individually, reaching the final of the Recurve Men’s Cadet individual competition where he took on fellow Brit Jacob Reid. Wise led 5-1 after three sets before his compatriot won the 4th set to make it 5-3 going into the final round.

With the pressure on, Alex hit three perfect 10’s to take the final set and the gold medal in a 7-3 victory. This is an amazing achievement and he has become the first British male recurve archer to win two gold medals.

It’s also the first time Great Britain have topped the medal table in the European Youth Cup.

Alex added the European title to his County, Regional and National crowns. He will now look to raise funds to attend the World Championships in Argentina in October.

Alex Wise, Great Britain and TyneMet Archer:

“It was a bit surreal really, although I was confident going into the event, I didn’t expect to come back with two gold medals.”

Although he was surprised by his achievements in Croatia, he is very confident in his own ability.

“When I’m shooting like I did in the European Youth Open, I feel like I’m unbeatable. I don’t feel anyone can beat me when I’m shooting like I did.”

It has been a rapid ascent to success for Alex, who only took up archery three years ago without any formal training. In December 2016, Senior Olympic Coach Richard Priestman noticed his potential:

“I first noticed him in a national competition at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre, and he looked really good, especially the way he was shooting. From that point I started tracking his results, and through the indoor season he looked really good The usual process would have been to progress him through the youth pathway, but we decided to put him straight into the National Squad, he had the talent. He has it all, not just the talent, but also the self motivation to get better and the confidence in his abilities.”

“He asks a lot of good questions, a lot of others don’t do that and it’s a struggle to get the information across, but with Alex he’s always trying to improve and also listens to what we have to tell him. I’ve coached with 10 different countries, working with a number of young archers, and I’d say he’s up their with the best I’ve worked with. He’s on track to be ready for the Olympics in 2020, he’ll be reaching the right age when the games come around.”

The ultimate goal for Alex is to win an Olympic Gold medal in the event, with Tokyo 2020 in his sights.

Further to his European success at youth level, Alex recently competed in a Great Britain Senior selection day, dominating the field to earn a place at the World Cup event in Berlin between August 8th and 13th, and Alex spoke highly of his chances.

“I don’t see any limits as I go forward, I’m looking to head to the World Championship in Mexico later this year.”