JAMIE Jon Harris has only been an archer for a year but already the Stratford-upon-Avon athlete is desperate for a spot at the next Paralympic Games.

One of the brightest sparks in the para squad, the 20-year-old is already making major progress in the sport – going professional having left his job in a call centre.

Harris is on track to be one of the key performers at Paris 2024 but with Tokyo 2020 less than a year away, there’s no time like the present for the youngster.

And with Paralympic champion Jessica Stretton – who was just 16 when winning gold at Rio 2016 – in the team, inspiration certainly isn’t hard to come by.

“Seeing what Jessica has achieved at such a young age really drives me to try and achieve the same in my archery career,” said Harris, speaking at a Sainsbury’s store in Warwick.

“I’m not just going to settle for winning in 2024. I’m going to try and win in Tokyo.

“Maybe that’s a tiny bit unrealistic but if you’re not dreaming big, are you dreaming at all?

“Getting onto the team was so relieving, as it’s what I’d been working towards for five years. Just to finally be out there would be amazing.

“I’ve already got the scores I need to get into the selection shoot. The real problem is winning the selection shoot, because there’s some really tough competition out there.”

Harris first found interest in archery following London 2012, with his parents taking him to charity events and then clubs within the next two years.

An academy for potential Paralympic archers then followed, offering Harris – who is missing several bones in his right arm – getting the support he needed through a specialised trigger.

Since then improvement has come at a rapid rate, culminating in competing in the World Championships in the Netherlands earlier this year.

“It was an amazing experience and incredible to see the top para-archers from around the world,” added Harris, who was helping to promote Sainsbury’s role as longest-standing supporter of

ParalympicsGB and a champion of inclusive sport for all.

“That was the first time that I really felt like: yeah I really am a world class archer. Maybe not the best archer yet, but I can clearly say that I’m a world class archer.

“It cemented that what I’m doing is as a professional archer, I’m a professional athlete and I’m able to do what I love for a living.

“To actually have people watching the matches and to be there cheering and to get invested in it really brought the atmosphere to life.”

Sainsbury’s is the longest-standing supporter of ParalympicsGB and a champion of inclusive sport for all. Sainsbury’s commitment to helping customers live well for less has been at the heart of what we do since 1869. For more information on Sainsbury’s commitment to inclusive sport visit https://www.about.sainsburys.co.uk/