Grand Western 2015 Junior Inter-Counties Championships held at Exmouth – Report

It was another sparkling day for Gloucestershire (12,679) , again winning the event by some margin over Devon & Cornwall (11,125) who finished second, Somerset (10,998) third and finally Dorset & Wiltshire (10,407).

Some of the GAS Archers at the event
Some of the GAS Archers at the event

The team which had been selected from the winter squad training programmes and archers that had performed well over the summer was drawn from just 3 Clubs, Cleve (3), Cheltenham (3) and Deer Park (9) and with the wealth of talent in the County we could have selected a very competitive second team!

The winning 15 strong team from Gloucestershire!
The winning 15 strong team from Gloucestershire!

We first need to say thank you to our hosts Exmouth Archers for providing excellent facilities, a great ground crew and outstanding catering!

Shooting Line at the Inter-Counties.
Shooting Line at the Inter-Counties.

Secondly thank you to Doug Human for organising the event and then for the excellent support of the judges and Lady

Paramount Mrs Barbara Williams.

Judges, Organiser & Lady P.
Judges, Organiser & Lady P.

In what is becoming almost an annual occurrence at this event Rachel Lucas recorded 4 National Records shooting Barebow, and Holly Clifford became one of just a very select handful of junior archers in Great Britain to shoot a score over 1400 recording 1406.

Rachel Lucas, 4 more National Records and Regional Champion.
Rachel Lucas, 4 more National Records and Regional Champion.
Holly Clifford Regional Champion and joins the 1400+ Club!
Holly Clifford Regional Champion and joins the 1400+ Club!

Will Gore top scored for our recurve team with 1224. Phoenix Udden from Cheltenham (491 ) and Josh

Elgood from Cleve (453) did us proud on the longbows.

Will Gore top Scoring Recurve for the GAS Team & Regional Champion.
Will Gore top Scoring Recurve for the GAS Team & Regional Champion.

The most important achievement though was the consistent high standard achieved by all our archers

which certainly reflects the health of Clubs and quality of coaching in Gloucestershire!

Phoebe Pine adds the Regional U18 Compound Title to her County and National Titles.
Phoebe Pine adds the Regional U18 Compound Title to her County and National Titles.

The event also incorporated the GWAS Regional Championships with Gloucestershire winning 50% of the titles and Deer Park Archers achieving 33% of the overall titles, this is again a product of good coaching and a supportive club environment.

In the Regional Championships we had good performances from Phoebe Pine Compound U12 (1294), Ella Gibson (961) shooting Barebow who was in the County Team and competing in her first Record Status competition winning Regional Titles.

Ella Gibson, Shot for Gloucestershire and became Regional Champion breaking County & Regional Records in her first ever formal competition!
Ella Gibson, Shot for Gloucestershire and became Regional Champion breaking County & Regional Records in her first ever formal competition!

Any report should thank our County and its staff for the way they support junior development through County Development

Squads, looking after the future with sessions for those that aspire to get into the County Squad and for support in funding clothing and the team coach.

We should also remind readers that this is the Deer Park Archers report on the Junior Inter-Counties and that there were some excellent performances from other squad members who shoot for other clubs and they will be covered by their club’s reports.