A SUCCESSFUL season for Paulette Mills peaked when she helped England win the Senior Home Nations Match.
The Barnstaple Archery Club member's fine form earned her one of two spots for ladies' recurve archers in the team.
And with Jeanetta Braun, Mills won the competition at Lilleshall's National Sports Centre, Shropshire, by more than 1,500 points – reversing last year's result when England finished second to Scotland.
England also beat Scotland in the compound discipline, by a much smaller margin, to take the overall victory.
Mills qualified in second place behind Braun, beating Barnstaple club-mate Estelle Edwick among others to a spot in the England team.
"This year I have been shooting really well," said Mills, 45, whose scores have seen her promoted from bowman to master bowman.
She has also shot a personal best and set three county records and a regional record.
"My goal was to shoot for England and the next one is to swap an England jacket for a Great Britain jacket," said Mills, who devotes up to four hours a day, five days a week, to training.
"I am focused on doing this because you have one opportunity to get as high as you can.
"I've been doing archery for five years and only really been seriously competing for the last three years.
"I like the peace and quiet of it, you're competing against yourself most of the time."
With her focus on shooting for England, Mills retired during the British Target Championships, which were held alongside the Home Nations Match.
Edwick finished ninth in the ladies' recurve with a personal best double-round score of 2,474 and a season's best of 1,241 on the second day.
A third Barnstaple archer, Daniel Tompkins, shooting in the competition for the first time, was 18th in the men's compound and posted a personal best on the first day.
The championship incorporated the fifth and final leg of the Archery GB National Series. Edwick, the only Barnstaple archer to complete the required three legs, finished 10th.
Edwick won ladies' recurve gold at a shoot in Exmouth where Tompkins was second in men's compound.