Teenager on target to return to her sport

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FIFTEEN months after dislodging her ribcage simply reaching for an arrow, Morpeth archer Chloe Corrigan is ready to get back to doing what she does best.

The 16-year-old spent most of this year’s outdoor season regaining her strength and technique following the freak rib injury she sustained in August 2012.

But Corrigan is now back and ready for a winter training indoors while eyeing her 2014 schedule as she bids to get her fledgling career up and running again.

“I pulled out an arrow wrong,” said Corrigan, who is a member of Green Lane Archers. “It is hard to know what actually happened. The chiropractor said one thing and the physiotherapist another. It wasn’t frustrating because I knew it had happened.

“There was nothing I could do to change it apart from just focus on getting it better. There were some times when I would be sitting and think ‘I could be shooting right now’.

“But there’s nothing I could have done to change it so I wasn’t that frustrated. It was beyond my control. Now I’m back, I’m looking to really get back into things.”

Corrigan started shooting in 2010 and is determined to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Naomi Folkard, Amy Oliver and Alison Williamson who represented Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics.

And Corrigan, who not only shoots the Olympic recurve bow but also the longbow, admits whether or not she fulfils her potential and recovers from her injury is all in the mind.

“Psychology is very important in archery,” she added. “The sport is about 80 per cent psychology and 20 per cent technique.

“The main thing with me is just trying to stay relaxed. It’s good because my dad and I work on it. It’s better when I am more relaxed because I enjoy the competition much more.

“I haven’t used the longbow this year but I do have the national record so I am thinking about getting another one this month. I think that would be quite fun.”

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