For some time now world archery has been dominated by sharp shooters from Asia, particularly Korea, and the United States. Britain has struggled to gain a real foothold at world level, but this year has seen a clutch of emergent homegrown talent that promises a brighter future.
ARCHERY IS SEEING EXPONENTIAL GROWTH
Over the last decade archery in Britain has grown at an extraordinary rate, with British successes at the Olympics and in particular the Paralympics helping to drive an 85% rise in participation over the last 10 years. That growth in reach – propelled by schemes such as New Places for Target Faces – appears to be paying off, and a clutch of young British archers have emerged in the youth and junior sections, winning a host of medals and titles in 2017.
The 2017 Archery GB Youth Festival underlined a number of names to watch in the future – including Imogen Newby, still just 13, who retained her recurve cub title, compound winner Lucy Mason, and Alyssia Tromans-Ansell who took the cadet recurve title. Alyssia, 16, also competed in the World Archery Youth Championships in Rosario, Argentina, where she won the gold medal to secure GB a place in the ladies’ cadet section of next year’s Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.
WE HAVE A BRITISH WORLD CHAMPION
17 year old Lucy Mason is becoming a serial winner. Lucy, who in 2016 became the youngest ever winner of the National Series as well as becoming Junior European champion – went to Argentina in October for the Cadet World Championships, where she won gold in windy conditions to cap a remarkable season.
And in the seniors, GB’s Patrick Huston – still only 21 and ranked in the top 20 in the world – and four time Olympic veteran Naomi Folkard won a bronze medal in the recurve mixed team event at the World Archery Championships in Mexico.
NATIONAL INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
At last weekend’s 2017 National Indoor Championships, Patrick Huston, Bryony Pitman, Layla Annison, Michael Kells, Luke Hagon and Sheila Hudson collected the big titles.
Top seed Patrick Huston cruised to yet another recurve title, while the women’s recurve crown went to sixth seed Bryony Pitman – two supremely consistent young archers who look set to compete in many an Olympic Games. Another British teenager with a big future is 15 year old Layla Annison, who took gold in compound final, while Michael Kells pipped 17-year-old Kai Thomas-Prause in the gold medal match in the men’s compound section.
With the likes of Jess Stretton carrying all before her on the Para scene, Bryony Pitman an absolute model of medal-winning consistency, Lucy O’Sullivan enjoying the finest season of her career to date and many more, this glut of young archers offer great hope for the future of British archery despite the disappointing underfunding.
KUDOS IS PROUD TO CONTINUE ITS ASSOCIATION WITH ARCHERY GB
While that withdrawal of Olympic funding is undoubtedly a blow to the sport, archery’s profile has been given a shot in the arm by the likes of The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones, bringing an already hugely accessible sport to a much wider audience. Patrick Huston’s Urban Archery aims to capitalise on that spike in interest by providing a fun introduction to the sport, while admirable initiatives like Archery GB’s Hardship Membership Fee Waiver Scheme allows people to maintain their participation in the face of financial difficulties.
KUDOS is proud to continue our relationship with Archery GB and provide kit to our talented teams of archers. Congratulations to all on a fine 2017 – onwards and upwards!
KUDOS IS PROUD TO SUPPORT BRITISH ARCHERY
KUDOS actively encourages people from all backgrounds and of any age to take part in archery.
KUDOS SPORTS – A LEADING SUPPLIER OF CUSTOM SPORTS KIT
KUDOS supplies custom teamwear to a range of sports clubs across the country – including Archery GB. We supply bespoke custom kit that is built for performance and worn with pride.