Kayleigh Ivanov: All roads point to India for Bo'ness archery ace
Bo’ness archery star Kayleigh Ivanov has outlined her excitement at being picked to represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Championships in Chandigarh, India, next January.
Kayleigh, 22, who hasn’t competed since the Indoor British Championships in Coventry in December 2019, can’t wait to make her debut in the event, which gives her the chance to win an official Commonwealth Games medal in the ladies recurve class.
"The last time archery was in the actual Commonwealth Games was 2010,” Kayleigh told the Journal and Gazette.
"These Commonwealth Championships are a way to introduce it back in. It will be the biggest event I’ve ever competed in.
"If we win any medals it goes to Scotland’s Commonwealth total.
"There will be a lot of really good archers there but I’m hoping to do well.
"The Indian archers are very good but I’ve got my sights set on winning a medal.
"It will be a stretch but hopefully it could be realistic once I get nearer the event.”
Before coronavirus restrictions first took hold in March 2020, Kayleigh did regular club practice with Balbardie Archers in Bathgate and at a cabin in her back garden.
Although such activities are now getting back into full swing as restrictions ease due to a successful vaccination programme in the UK, that is sadly not the case in India, where there have been over 25 million confirmed cases and nearly 300,000 deaths from Covid-19.
With just eight months until Kayleigh is due to compete there, doubts persist that she and her rival archers will do battle in Asia.
"It is concerning,” Kayleigh said. “Obviously at the moment I’m training as if I would go but there’s always that chance that I wouldn’t be able to go.
"They could do what they’ve done with the Olympic Games and reschedule it.
"I currently train five nights a week. When June hits I’ll be starting to compete in the UK.
"As the year goes on hopefully restrictions will continue to ease and I’ll be able to keep training at a higher volume.”