KIERAN Slater heading to Russia after being selected by Archery GB for the Moscow Youth Cup second leg, which starts on Monday, July 7 and runs until Saturday, July 12.

Following a vigorous selection shoot, the 19-year-old from Stinchcombe is one of 29 archers to have been chosen to represent their country.

Slater, a Bowmen of Minchinhampton member, has been competing for six years and his best moment was winning a gold medal at the Junior Europa Cup in 2011.

He dreams of competing in Rio in 2016 and receiving a medal.

The team selected ranges in age from 13 to 20 and compete in both the recurve and compound disciplines.

Many of the team competed at the recent European Outdoor Youth Championships in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where the GB team was extremely successful; taking home four team medals.

Sara Symington, performance director of Archery GB, said: “We have selected a really strong squad for this tournament, with a mix of current medallists, such as Patrick Huston, and up-and-coming young archers who are taking to the international stage for the first time.

“It was great to see the young archers working together as a team in Slovenia and I’m sure that they will continue to help each over improve in Moscow.

"After the four European Outdoor Youth Championships medals, we are hoping for the accolades to continue coming in Russia.”