It’s been a great year for British archery and as we head into the home straight for 2016 the success of the British archers shows no sign of abating.
Our latest success stories have been told at the World Archery Field Championships in Dublin. The headline was Amy Oliver, who won a superb gold after clinching a close contest against Italian second seed Jessica Tomasi.
It’s really emotional. I just can’t really believe that it has happened. I was just kind of shooting. I wasn’t really thinking about the end result, I just wanted to shoot nice shots – and that was really all the way through the week.
It’s emotional because my grandma passed away recently and she was a field archer. So it’s nice to be able to do it for her.
She was a field archer, the same with my granddad – well pretty much my entire family are field archers. So they’re going to be really happy. We’re going to have a gold medal party. They said they’d do that.Amy speaking to World Archery
Medals galore for GB!
Amy was following up a glorious team win for Great Britain’s women. Amy, Jessica Nilsson and Tracey Hill were the top seeds, and they duly lived up to that billing by becoming World Archery Field Champions with a win in the final over third seeds Sweden.
There were more GB medals in the junior section. Sophie Benton took bronze in the junior barebow, while Bryony Pitman won a silver medal after narrowly missing out in the gold medal match against Italy’s Chiara Rebagliati. Bryony has enjoyed a fantastic junior career so far and is well set for bigger and better things. And compound junior Rebecca Lennon is coming home with a bronze medal after defeating Aussie Gaby Dale.
Sophie, Bryony and Rebecca also teamed up to represent GB and they swelled their medal collection after coming away with a fine silver medal, losing a nip and tuck encounter with Italy.
Huston signs off with bronze
Leaving behind the junior ranks is Patrick Huston. GB’s Rio Olympian signed off his junior career with a bronze medal. Patrick was disappointed with bronze, but he can’t complain after the season of his life. He will now press ahead as a full-time archer as he looks to reach the very top and at just 20 years old he has a very bright future.
There’s more archery to come in 2016, with the National Indoor Championships in December. It will round off what has been a memorable year for GB archery and we look forward to bringing you the latest from Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.
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