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The Archers Targeting Success At Invictus Games 2018

With the Invictus Games 2018 drawing ever closer, Forces News went to see how the archers at Team UK are preparing.

With the Invictus Games 2018 drawing ever closer, Forces News went to see how the archers at Team UK are preparing. 

10 archers have been selected to represent the UK at the games which kicks off on 20 October in Sydney, Australia.

The group have been upping their training programme recently and have been to Bath for an intense training camp.

Forces News went behind the scenes of Team UK's training camp in Bath.
Forces News went behind the scenes of Team UK's training camp in Bath.

This year the UK Invictus team are made up of more than 60 per cent new athletes.

One new athlete is Daniel Phillips, he said: "I don't know what words to describe [being selected].

"Such an amazing feeling...yeah me, little old me - how can they pick little old me?! It was incredible!"

Joe Dillnutt will also be competing for the first time and is itching to get started down under. 

"If I could go out there tomorrow and do it, I would - I suppose that's a little bit of nerves as well where I just want to get it done but at the same time, I want to be in the best shape I can before going out there," he explained.

Targeting gold in Sydney.
Targeting gold in Sydney.

Two Team GB coaches were leading the training camp, hoping to guide the athletes to a potential podium place.

Coach Andy Rikukenko said it's about getting the best out of each athlete regardless of any disabilities: "If somebody can't use one of their arms then we have to start thinking about shooting with a mouth tab like one of the guys here today, then yeah that brings in a few interesting challenges.

"But otherwise it's really just about looking at the person, looking at how they're shooting and thinking 'right, how do we make the best of that person, with the equipment and the situation we've got'."

Training is likely to increase with the start of the Games just 12 weeks away. 

Team UK will be hoping to beat their tally of 87 medals at last year's Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada.