Archery trio handed calls to Wales squad


Swansea University has reason to celebrate this week as three of its students were called up to the Welsh archery squad.

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After impressing the Welsh selectors, Phill Dunn, David Leach and Rhodri Curnow are obviously pleased at the prospect of representing their country.

Both Dunn and Curnow have been called up before but it is a completely new experience for Leach.

“It’s not really sunk in at the moment,” he said.

“It’s recognition for all the work I’ve put in over the last couple of years.”

The sentiments are shared by his fellow compatriot Dunn who said: “After picking up an outdoor championship last year, it’s a relief that after all the effort I’ve put in, it has finally paid off.

Hopefully it will lead to being picked to start and not just a place in the development squad.”

After success last year, Dunn will be looking for a similar performance to strengthen his claim for a starting place.

Curnow on the other hand has had a tougher time in the last year with his studies taking priority, and was grateful the selectors took this into account by selecting him.

“Being a student I couldn’t afford to get to a lot of the shoots,” Curnow said.

“So it was a case of making the impact on the ones I could attend.

“I thought it was quite nice that they took into account that I couldn’t make many of the bigger ones.

“I think last year what prevented me was just that I couldn’t get to the tournaments.

“Next year I don’t have that kind of issue as I’m graduating.”

After graduation, Curnow is setting his sights high.

Curnow added: “The big thing for me is the Commonwealth Games.

“I want to make an impact in order to get to the games, but of course, the next step is to get my next senior cap.”

Their time with the Welsh development squad will be a real test of their abilities and with championship credentials among them, they have a real shot at being selected for upcoming matches.

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