Great Britain’s para archers have been sweeping all before them of late, and have piled up yet more medals at the recent European Para Championships in Pilsen in the Czech Republic – and we have two new European champions.

Golds for Frith and Prowse

Jo Frith and Steve Prowse took the W1 and VI ⅔ titles respectively, after the pair served up some thrilling archery. Paralympian Jo overcame teammate and top seed Victoria Rumary in a nerve-shredding encounter in which both were on fine form. You can see the match as it happened by clicking here and scrolling through to 2:12:30

World champ Steve Prowse faced the tough Italian Giovanni Maria Vaccaro in his gold medal match – and the match, tight throughout, inevitably wound up in a shoot-off. Vaccaro fired a seven but then the highly-experienced Brit coolly slotted home a nine to claim the title.

You can see  footage of Steve’s match here, starting at 1:28:50.

More silvers and bronzes

We also had five British athletes shooting for bronze. In the VI 2/3 competition, Nicholas Thomas faced teammate Phillip Tranter and the shoot-off theme continued. Both finished on five points and Phillip shot a six – but Nicholas took the medal with a nine. In the VI 1 category, Richard Nicholl faced Jordi Casellas of Andorra and, once again, the match was tied. Richard shot a six but Casellas went one better to take the medal.

Our other contenders were compounders John Stubbs and Jessica Stretton, who both missed out in their bronze medal encounters – although Jessica did come home with a medal. She won European mixed team compound silver with Nathan Macqueen. They were up against Slovakia in the final, and it was the Slovakians who edged it to snatch the win.

Victoria Rumary and John Cavanagh made it a pair of silvers. They shot the highest W1 mixed team score – 139 – to get into the gold medal match against the Czech Republic, where they were beaten 147-135.

David Phillips and Hazel Chaisty were edged out of their mixed team title shot by Poland but they were determined not to go home empty-handed. They faced Turkey in the battle for bronze, and David and Hazel scored a perfect 20 in the shoot-off to claim the medal.

British para archery’s run of success shows absolutely no sign of abating – testament to the hard work put in by the archers and coaches alike. Here’s to more success.

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