A TRURO teenager has been ranked as the top young archer in the country and is now seeking sponsorship. 

Saffron Knowles, who studies at Truro High School for Girls, has started 2024 in style as the British number one in the under-14 junior women’s recurve category.  

Saffron is already on Archery GB’s Olympic pathway programme and her new ranking shows she is well on target to achieve her dream. 

She is ranked 13th in the country in the highly-competitive under-21 category – a fantastic achievement for a girl of her age and a significant improvement on the previous year. 

The rankings are based on Saffron’s performance at a series of competitions around the UK over the previous 12 months. 

She regularly travels to Sport England’s new £3.6 million Performance Archery Centre at Lilleshall in Shropshire for training, and is now looking for a sponsor to assist with travel costs as she aims for the Los Angeles Olympics in 2028. 

Last weekend, Saffron returned to Lilleshall at the personal invitation of Team GB Olympian Tom Hall, who invited her to train with him and try out some of his state-of-the-art archery equipment. 

Saffron is part of her school’s Aspiring Athletes programme which provides support and mentoring to those competing in sport at the very highest levels.  

Anyone interested in sponsoring Saffron are invited to contact Truro High School on 01872 242978.