HANNAH Evans is celebrating her first ever silver archery medals at national level.

The 15-year-old from the Bowmen of Burleigh Archery Club in Wokingham was among 282 entrants competing in the Archery Great Britain Junior National Outdoor Championships held at Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire recently.

Evans, who lives in Woodley, was taking part in her third outdoor national championships, but her first since being selected for the Archery GB Junior Age Group Performance Academy in September last year.

During two days of intense competition, Evans shot in the ladies Under 16 recurve (Olympic bow-type) category.

Her first event was the metric 3, with 36 arrows at each distance of 50m, 40m, 30m and 20m.

She got off to a hot start and only four points separated her from her nearest rival at the break after she had broken the long metric 3 Berkshire County record in the process.

Evans, using a new technique, continued to shoot well and ended the day in second place for her first national silver medal.

The second day’s action consisted of imperial rounds, with Evans shooting the Bristol 3 over 50 yards, 40 yards and 30 yards.

A swirling wind did little to help the competitors, but Evans adjusted well to the conditions and finished second again for her second silver of the weekend thanks to a new personal best score.

Evans is also the current Berkshire Junior County champion, both indoor and outdoor, a multiple Berkshire County age group record holder and UK age group record holder for the ladies short metric 4.