Exciting young prospect Jess looks set to arrow her way to the very top

The Paralympic Agetos
The Paralympic Agetos

Longdean School is hoping that it will soon be able to boast another national sporting star as pupil Jess Stretton looks to make her mark at Paralympic archery.

Jess, 13, has been training with the Team GB development squad and is hoping one day to represent her country on the biggest stage of all.

Longdean has a fine pedigree for sporting excellence, with double Olympic medallist Max Whitlock among its former pupils.

And now Jess is hoping that she too can go on to achieve her dream, having been hit by the archery bug at the National Junior Wheelchair Games earlier this year.

She trains regularly with the Hemel Hempstead Archers and has made huge progress in a short space of time.

“It would be great to go to the Rio Games in 2016 but I think that might be a bit too soon because I’m the youngest member of the squad,” said Jess. “Watching the Paralympics in London really inspired me.”

Jess receives top support from her school, in particular her head of house James Heward and school games co-ordinator Nigel Merrett.

“If Jess can achieve her ambition and one day compete at the Paralympics, it would give us as much pride as it did watching Max win his medals in London last summer,” said Nigel.