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Year Awarded: 2012
Sport: Archery
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Alec Potts - Archery

2011 has been a very successful year for Alec Potts. At only 15 years old, Alec competes several age-groups above his own and has proved himself a worthy competitor. In July 2011 Alec shot his first indoor recurve World Record, and in doing so, broke the previous record set by Olympic archer, David Barnes in 2002.

Alec is currently ranked 3rd in the world in the junior boys recurve field in the Under 21 age-group, 6th in the Open Men’s Target Recurve, and 2nd in the Open Men’s Indoor Recurve. Alec recently achieved a personal best score of 645 in competition (a score of 650 is needed to be selected in the Olympic Team), which demonstrates his immense potential in the sport.

Alec began archery when he was only 12 years old and has progressed quickly into elite level competition. Alec shows true dedication to his sport, training over 20 hours a week, while spending most of his weekends competing.

Alec is well-liked and respected within the archery community, known for his dedication, passion and good sportsmanship. Alec hopes to give back to the sport he loves through coaching, and plans on undertaking his coaching qualifications when he is eligible at age 16.

Over the next 12 months Alec’s career is set to advance greatly. He has qualified for the World Indoor Championships in Las Vegas, as well as the World Field Championships in France.  Alec hopes to continue his success and be selected in the 2016 Australian Olympic Team.

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