In what can only be described as a Stellar couple of weeks the Club and its members have achieved some amazing milestones!
Two members have been part of GB teams that broke World and European Records, the Club received recognition as the Archery GB Ontarget Performance Club of the Year also becoming the only Club to have won all 6 categories and winning Club of the Year on 2 occasions!
Whilst not making the headlines at the moment but almost as noteworthy is the success of our younger archers in continuing to record incredible scores and personal bests with some as young as 12 winning adult medals in World Record status events.
Phoebe Pine representing GB in the Para Archery European Cup world ranking event in Nove Mesto in the Czech Republic, was part of the team of 3 ladies with Jodie Grinham & Jess Stretton that won Gold breaking a World and 2 European records on their way to the final beating Ukraine in the semi-final and Germany in the final 220-218. Phoebe also won bronze in the mixed pairs with John Walker beating Slovakia 147-144.
The previous weekend Lucy Mason and James Howse were members of a strong GB team shooting in Porec (Croatia) in the European Youth Cup.
A team comprising Lucy Mason, Layla Annison and Hollie Smith broke a World Record during qualification but surprisingly lost to Estonia, having to settle for Silver. However, it was Gold for Lucy in the mixed cadet team with Jake Walsh. James Howse also won a bronze with partner Izzy Carpenter in the junior mixed team, leaving GB top of the medals table at the end of the week.
There were some sterling performances by many of our archers left at home, none more so than 12 year old Chloe A’Bear who is literally creating new Personal Bests on a weekly basis including finishing 2nd in a World Record Status 720 and head to head which is an adult event! Ella Gibson continues to record some excellent scores and improve her personal bests and is in the top 8 positions in the prestigious National Series.
With Holly Clifford, Grace Chappell and Rosie Preece also doing well and demonstrating great potential in the Junior Ladies Compound Division there will be a lot more headlines to look forward to! On the recurve side Riley Spencer-Nice continues to get Personal Bests and win tournaments above his age group.
Our First World Record Status at our new ground
We successfully hosted our first WRS outdoor event, with a WA720 and Head to Head Tournament on Saturday 22nd July and would like to thank all our sponsors and volunteers that made the event possible.
Our congratulations go to all the competitors that performed so well on a day of very variable weather conditions.
Highlights included the 2 compound semi-finals where 7 of the 8 competitors were internationals and the 8th has represent England. Our own Lucy Mason was beaten in a one arrow shoot off in the final by GB Team mate Izzy Carpenter with 2 of our archers Holly Clifford beating Grace Chappell in the Bronze medal match.
Riley Spencer-Nice won Gold in the Cadet Gents Recurve and Molly Peters took silver in the Cadet Ladies Recurve. Caroline A’Bear won Gold in the Ladies Recurve to round off a great day.
Gloucestershire School Games
This year’s closing ceremony took place at the Cheltenham Town Hall and we were honoured to run a Arrows Adapted kit have-a-go in the main hall where the presentations took place, needless to say we were swamped!
This was our most successful programme with participation up a further 7% and more than 100 schools taking part, setting standards that continue to soar. We are in discussions with active Gloucestershire on how we can expand the secondary school programme in 2018 to ensure we accommodate years 7-13.
We are pleased to report that our core membership has passed 230 for the first time and our 3 Satellite Clubs are thriving as are our open community sessions and this reflects the increase in participation nationally across our sport!
As membership grows, so does the challenge of managing the facilities, events and of course our great volunteers, not an easy task but certainly a rewarding one!
Field Course Re-Opens
Following safety work on our field course and the installation of some new targets we are pleased to say that the course has been re-opened and John Dalton is leading its development and growth of participation levels both members and guests.
Our temporary clubhouse has been refurbished inside and the outside has been painted as well. Add this to the addition of our new picnic tables to form a seating area just outside the clubhouse and more tables in front of the covered shooting area and facilities continue to improve!