Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson proved himself a Parliamentary hotshot when he took part in an archery tournament at Westminster.
Indeed, Andrew was part of Parliamentary history, as the event was the first ever sporting contest to be held on Speaker’s Green. And though he thoroughly enjoyed his first experience of using a bow and arrow, the archers preparing for next year’s London Olympic Games need not worry about a potential new threat to their places on the squad!
Andrew said: “Sadly I was beaten by some other MPs whose skills must have been able to put Kevin Costner, or Russell Crowe, to shame. However, It was really good fun, and very addictive - once you start you keep wanting to go back and improve your score.”
The event was organised by the sport’s Parliamentary Sponsor Huw Irranca-Davies MP, as part of Archery GB’s 150th anniversary celebrations, and to promote the sport ahead of next year’s Olympics. MPs and Peers were invited to come and join in the fun, with Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt being the first to hit the boss.
Only recently, archery came out on top in an opinion poll of young people throughout the country when asked about the Olympic sport they would most like to take up if given the chance. Archery received 27% of the vote in that poll, nine points more than swimming, which came second.
The archery tournament at the London 2012 Olympic Games takes place at Lord’s between July 27th and August 3rd.