ARCHERY isn't one of the most popular sports going around, but it certainly requires some of the most skill, and a local teenager has that in spades.
Muswellbrook-based archer, and Scone Grammar School student, Alyssa Mollema has confirmed her standing as one of the best in the nation in her age group.
And, she'll now get the chance to display her talents in Madrid, Spain.
It will be her first time attending the Youth World Championships (YWC), which will take place in August, and the Year 10 pupil said she was feeling a mix of nerves and excitement.
"It's extremely exciting," she admitted.
"I've been working towards it for a while, so it was good just to finally find out that I can go there."
She will compete in the AA target shooting event, after qualifying first in the country after scoring almost 680 out of 720.
Her family will travel to the Spanish capital, too.
However, her mother Vicki admitted there wasn't even a guarantee they'd see her shoot, as the young athlete will be with her team the entire time.
The 15-year-old recently performed at the national titles and came home with four gold medals and a silver out of her five events.
Mollema has been involved in the sport for seven years, and revealed she had some interesting motives behind signing up.
"I'm not really allowed to do many other sports, so I just wanted to find something that could keep me occupied," she said.
"I just thought that archery would be a good thing - I saw it on The Princess Diaries."
If her current form is carried over into the YWC, then she will be one of her team's major assets in securing success.
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