A COLLEGE lecturer has hit the bullseye on her lifelong goal of representing Wales in archery - just twelve months after returning to the sport

Rhona Noden, who is curriculum coordinator for hairdressing, beauty therapy and retail at Coleg Llandrillo’s Rhyl campus, has earned a spot on Welsh Archery Association's senior team to represent Wales at the Senior Euronations competition in Nottinghamshire later this month.

Ms Noden, originally from Scotland, was 16-years-old when she started archery. She soon became proficient and was chosen to play for her county, but she gave it all up at the age of 20, returning to the sport less than 12 months ago.

Ms Noden, of Glan Conwy, said: “I have achieved my ambition of being selected to represent Wales at the British championships and I am delighted.

“My son passed his driving test. I didn’t have to chauffeur him around anymore, so I had the time to return to my first love.”

After impressive displays across the UK, Ms Noden's scores have earned her top ranking in Wales for the Ladies Compound Bow category, and she will compete later this year with a as number three.

These accomplishments are the culmination of a very successful year after the archer, original from Scotland, achieved eight North Wales Archery Society records and ten Welsh Archery Society records, as well as a bronze medal at the Welsh National Championships.

To cap it all off, the archer became the first woman from her club, the Gronant Bowmen based at Rhyl Leisure Centre, to earn the status of 'Bowman' earlier this year.

Ms Noden added: "It has been a difficult year, as I have had to combine my college work with competing all over the UK at weekends in order to improve my ranking.

"But, it was all worthwhile in the end.”