Penicuik archer in Scotland call-up

Joe Seez, centre, who has been chosen to represent Scotland in archery
Joe Seez, centre, who has been chosen to represent Scotland in archery

Penicuik archer Joe Seez is already looking ahead to 2017 as he sets his sights on competing at next year’s 
Junior Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas.

The Penicuik High School pupil, who turned 15 this week, is a junior member of the Penicuik Archers.

Despite his tender age, Joe is one of the top archers at the club, but it is on the national scene that he has impressed most.

He is the current Scottish Junior indoor champion at Olympic Recurve.

And he also finished runner up in the Scottish outdoor championship – an amazing feat, considering he was competing against archers up to seven years older than himself (under 21).

Having won many local and regional titles over the past year, the icing on the cake for Joe has been his selection for the Scotland squad to compete at the National Junior Indoor Championships in Ports-mouth next month.

Joe has scaled the heights in his chosen sport since he first took an interest in archery at a ‘have a go’ session during the town’s Hunter and Lass Day celebrations, aged just eight.

For health and safety reasons, it was not until two years later he could join the club and since then he has never looked back.

Dad David, a local businessman in the town, and also a member of Penicuik Archers, said: ‘‘We are very proud of Joe’s achievements and we are right behind him in his aim to be picked to compete in the Junior Commonwealth Games next year.”

In the latest Scottish Archery rankings released this week for Recurve, Joe was placed top junior and sixth in the senior ranking, with fellow Midlothian archer Gareth Fleming, of Lasswade Archery Club in top position.

For anyone interested in archery, Penicuik Archers hold their outdoor 
sessions at Penicuik High School playing fields, with indoor sessions staged at Beeslack High School.

Joe is pictured, right centre, with Cameron Radigan and Joe Sinclair, having won the Under 16 category at the Scottish Archery Association Junior Under 21 and Senior Novice Championships.