Cirencester archer Ella Gibson has continued her fine form by picking up a gold medal at the European Championships in Munich.

The GB Women’s Compound Team, comprising Ella, Izzy Carpenter and Jess Stretton, took the team event title in what was their first competition together.

“It feels amazing to be able to come away as European Champions with our team debut,” said Ella, 22.

“I am really proud of us for not only how we have shot this week but how we have worked together and I can’t wait for another opportunity to compete with these two girls.

“I felt quite relaxed shooting in the finals, I think my bit of experience out there really helped to keep me calm.”

As one of the only sports in which non-disabled and disabled participants can compete against each other, archery is known for its inclusivity.

And this was evident with former Paralympic champion Jess Stretton shooting alongside Ella.

Archery GB Performance Director, Tom Duggan, said: “There were four other Para athletes besides GB competing in Munich which really highlights the inclusive nature of archery across the international landscape.

“The photo of Jess, Izzy and Ella together is a really powerful image showing how disabled and non-disabled athletes can compete together in archery and come away with medals.

“There were also some really positive performances from the recurves who came away with four places for the European Games.”

Ella is now looking forward to being one of only five competitors for team GB representing her country at the World Games (equivalent to the Olympics) Archery Championship taking place in July 2022 in Alabama, USA.

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