Sam can aim high after hitting top spot

8/7/2011 (SPORT)''Sam Jeram (13) from Alverstoke and part of Gosport Bowmen, has just come first place in the Metric 3 and second place in the Bristol 3 Under 14's Junior Gentlemen Compound categories. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (112455-2557)
8/7/2011 (SPORT)''Sam Jeram (13) from Alverstoke and part of Gosport Bowmen, has just come first place in the Metric 3 and second place in the Bristol 3 Under 14's Junior Gentlemen Compound categories. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (112455-2557)
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Gosport’s Sam Jeram has captured the Compound Cup at the Junior National Outdoor Championships at the weekend.

The Gosport Bowmen Club archer secured first place in the Metric 3 junior gentleman compound category, with the 13-year-old now waiting for confirmation that his score of 1345 has broken the Hampshire county record.

And Jeram was a mere 12 points away from making it a double at the championship’s Junior Weekend – coming second in the Bristol 3 under-14 junior gentleman compound competition.

The weekend is held each year at Lilleshall, with rounds ranging from gents FITA to the Metric V.

The prestigious championships also feature imperial rounds from York to Bristol 5.

A compound bow is a modern bow, considered stiffer than those of a recurve bow or longbow, and is said to have superior accuracy, velocity, and distance in comparison to other bows.

Jeram, who attends Bay House comprehensive school in Gosport, has had a successful sporting year.

His recent success comes hot on the heels of his victory in the young ladies and gents compound under-14 category at the Talisman Bowmen 19th Junior Indoor Open back in February.

Jeram also broke a number of club records, including the junior boys compound Bristol 3 mark.

If that wasn’t enough, Jeram was called up by Hampshire to face Sussex in an annual county match.

There, he helped to record a score of 1276 in the Bristol 3 round – setting another club record in the process.

Jeram’s dad, Paul, couldn’t be happier about his son’s performance.

‘We’re very proud to watch him win,’ he said.

‘The win at Lilleshall came as a nice surprise as we didn’t expect it.

‘He had been shooting well beforehand and was actually looking for a top-five place finish.

‘It’s definitely inspired him to travel across the country to compete in other national and county competitions to take his talent further.’

The talented teenager is not the only archer in the family, with father Paul also a member of the Gosport Bowmen Club.

Skill is not hereditary, however, according to the proud dad.

‘Absolutely no way,’ he said.

‘Sam’s far better than I can wish to be. It’s definitely something I cannot help him with.

‘I would like to take the credit but I can’t.’

The archer will target similar success at the Devon & Cornwall Archer Society’s Open Championships, which take place at the beginning of August.

Jeram’s father expects the tournament to be a good opportunity to further his son’s development, while the family join him for a holiday.

‘For Sam to continue his progress, he needs to perform at championships outside Hampshire,’ he said.

‘It will be an opportunity to make Sam a better player against a different set of players to test his skills.’