ARCHER Allison Kelly is making good progress in her qualifying campaign for next year’s European Championships.

The Prudhoe competitor excelled at the Pentref Bowmens course in South Wales, in a World Archery 3D event.

She scored a respectable 568 points over two days of competition, after shooting 48 arrows at 24 different targets.

The event was a qualifier for next year’s European Championships in Slovenia.

Allison said: “This was the start of the qualifying period and this score is a good one to build from. However, there is still work to be done.”

Other competitors at the event included Lesley Sleight and Michaela Lake, who have both previously represented Team GB.

Following her trip to Wales, Allison travelled to Kendal in Cumbria for the National Field Society open shoot. Representing the Tow Law-based Butsfield Bowmen, and Washington’s Team Eagle, Allison won gold.

She said: “It was a tricky course, and as always it was well organised. I’m looking forward to coming back here in October for World Archery shoot.”

Allison has made remarkable progress since taking up archery just four years ago.

Last winter, she arrowed her way to a second national title, when she was the winner of the over 50s category at the British Barebow Indoor Championships.

And she finished third overall in the UK wide event, which included participants of all ages.

The achievement came at Walker in Newcastle, where she scored 498 points from 60 arrows.

In doing so, she also smashed a county record - set by herself several months ago - by a sizeable 66 points on what was a memorable day.