August was a busy month for the cream of British archery and several of them secured medals.
Britain’s squad flew home from the European Field Championships in Slovenia with five medals – two silvers and three bronzes – in the bag. Recurver Patrick Huston charged through the individual eliminations to secure a gold medal showdown, in which he was edged out by Italian Marco Morello. Sophie Benton took silver in the junior women’s barebow, knocking out the top seed along the way, while fellow Brit Caoimhe Heeney just missed out on a bronze.
Pitman among the medals yet again
Top seed Bryony Pitman has been amazingly consistent and she reached the recurve junior women’s semi-finals only to miss out by a single point to Slovenia’s Nala Jurca. Bryony’s medal collection is growing rapidly, and she collected another one by beating another Slovenian, Iva Rusjan, in the bronze medal match.
Britain’s elite trio of recurver Patrick Huston, compounder Tapani Kalmaru and barebow archer Jason Meehan pipped Sweden by a single point in the men’s team bronze medal match, while Meehan also took a bronze in the barebow men’s competition after winning a thrilling shoot-off against German Michael Meyer.
Archery GB Youth Festival
The best of Britain’s young archers – plus entrants from Ireland and the Netherlands – helped make the 2017 Archery GB Youth Festival one to remember.
More than 180 of the sport’s brightest prospects took part in the week-long world record status competition. The aim was to give young archers the chance to compete in the international World Archery target format, including team and mixed team head to heads. But ultimately the emphasis was on fun.
Lots of our emerging talent yet again showed their potential. Thirteen year old Imogen Newby took gold in the recurve cub women’s competition, successfully defending her title, while the likes of Lizzie Warner, Alyssia Tromans-Ansell, Imogen Newby, Harry Wright, Lucy Mason and loads more also impressed as they too won medals.
UK Para Championships
The first dedicated para archery championships in the UK took place at Lilleshall, where Paralympic mixed team silver medallist Jodie Grinham, paired with John Stubbs, took gold in the compound open category featuring mixed men and women.
Shooting against men, their poundage is higher, they’re quite a bit stronger than I am, but I try to not look at it like that. I think to myself: ’I’m a Paralympic silver medalist, I can shoot just as well as they can and push for the win’. And today I won. Jodie grinham
Paralympic champion and world number one Jess Stretton continued her great form with a 134-129 victory over Victoria Rumary, while Jo Frith beat fellow Paralympian John Cavanagh to bronze.
Jodie’s attention, along with that of John Walker, John Stubbs, Nathan MacQueen, Phoebe Pine, Jess Stretton, Victoria Rumary, Jo Frith and John Cavanagh, now turns to the Para World Championships in Beijing, in September. Our team heads to Beijing confident of medals, and rightly so. Good luck everybody!
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