Archery at the House of Commons

Local MP Robert Goodwill proved himself a Parliamentary hotshot when he took part in an archery tournament at Westminster.

Indeed, such were his skills with a bow and arrow that Robert was the tournament's joint winner, earning himself £250 to donate to a local archery club.

He said: "It was really good fun, I really enjoyed it, and to emerge as the joint winner among all the MPs who came along and took part was very exciting - even more so, because it means I get to donate some money to my local club!

"It was my first experience of archery, and it was great to get some personal coaching from Great British international archers, including Nicky Hunt, who's hoping to take part in next year's Olympics.

"The top archers make it all look so easy, and when you try it yourself you realise how talented the internationals must be - I shot my arrows from 10 metres, they shoot theirs from 70, and I am full of admiration.

"Archery's great fun, and very addictive - once you start you keep wanting to go back and improve your score."

The event created Parliamentary history as the first sports event to be hosted on the Speakers' Lawn. It was held to celebrate Archery GB's 150th anniversary celebrations, and to promote the sport ahead of next year's Olympics.

Robert said: "Archery has many virtues, and I am not surprised it is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. Anyone can do it; whatever your age or physique, or whether you're able bodied or disabled, which makes it a genuine sport for all, and a fantastic family sport."

Only recently archery came out on top in an AXA sponsored opinion poll of young people throughout the country when asked about the Olympic sport they would most like to take up if given the chance. Archery received 27 per cent of the vote in that poll, nine points more than swimming, which came second.

The archery tournament at the London 2012 Olympic Games takes place at Lords, between July 27 and August 3.