Jane Walker in actionJane Walker, a Clinical Skills Technician for the Medical School at the Clinical Education Centre on the hospital site, has won a gold medal at the 2008 European Bowhunter Championships in Estonia.
The event was held at the Tehvandi Sport Centre in Otepää and was opened by Toomas Tõnise, Secretary General of the Estonian Olympic Committee. The Championships brought 481 of Europe's best archers to Estonia. Participants came from 15 countries: Austria, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Holland, Portugal, Scotland and Switzerland.
Competitors shot four courses over four days, in the forests surrounding the Sport Centre. Each course consisted of 28 life-size 3D animal reproductions varying in size from rabbits to buffalo, at distances from 3 yards to 60 yards.
Jane has been an archer for just five years, starting when she took her son to a practice session. She first became European Champion in 2005, when she competed in Italy. In 2007 she won the World and European Championships in Switzerland.
This year, in Estonia, after the first two rounds she was lying in second place but regained first place on the third day and kept her lead for the final day, winning by just 44 points with an overall score of 1763 points.
Next year, the World Championships will be held in South Dakota, USA, in June. Jane hopes to attend to defend her World title but this will depend on finance and sponsorship.
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