A busy summer for our members!
Simon Froggatt did it again, winning the compound bow section of the National Target Championships at Lilleshall.
The final round of the County Summer League was shot at Wilford Archers’ ground, where our longbowmen did well: Richard Gentle was 1st, and with Nick Bennett won the team award, and Reece Buckland won the Junior Longbow trophy.
The County Championships produced a win for Charlotte Smith,who is the Lady Recurve Champion for 2016,and she also won the handicap award for her improved score. Martyn Smith also won the handicap award for his score, and Reece Buckland won the Junior Longbow award.
Our Open Double National Tournament [12 dozen arrows at 60 and 50 yards] attracted 60 archers from across the East Midlands. Best results by our members were Craig Fozzard [8th Recurve], Lee Waterfield [3rd Compound],Susan Stankovic [1st Lady Compound],Richard Gentle [3rd Longbow], Alex Hawley [2nd Barebow]and Reece Buckland[1st Junior Longbow].
This year we were pleased to host the English Archery Federation’s Longbow Championships. 36 archers from across the country came to Southwell, many for the first time, to shoot in this national event.The EAF Longbow Champions 2016 are Cliff Gadd from Kent and Sheila Hudson from Yorkshire who claimed a new national record.
We have been able to give a lot of people of all ages a “taste” of archery at events through the summer.We had an enjoyable day at the Robin Hood event held in the gardens of the Archbishop’s Palace, and there were three Have a Go sessions on our field for the Southwell Rotarians, the “Special Olympic ” group, and the visiting children from Chernobyl.These are great fun for those taking part as well as for our members and it’s a pleasure to see some of the participants returning year after year, and even joining us as members as a result.
This summer’s Beginners Course was a great success, and several of those taking part are now shooting regularly as members of the club, and will be at the Club Championships in September.
Finally, at the EMAS Junior Inter-Counties Tournament, which we hosted, Hollie Smith, who started her shooting with us but now lives in Derbyshire, claimed a new national record for her age-group with a magnificent score of 1294, with only one shot out of the gold!