Britain has another world champion and it is Deer Park Archer Lucy Mason who romped to victory in the individual compound cadet title decider at the World Archery Youth Championships in Rosario, Argentina, beating Canada’s Alexandra Paquette.
The gloves were off as the fifth and sixth seeds went head to head but Lucy led from the start. The Canadian edged the third end but it was not enough as 17-year-old Lucy, who had earlier seen off Australia’s Niamh Jones, Buse Basak Haney of Turkey India’s Sanchita Tiwari and Mexican top seed Andrea M Becerra Arizaga secured the title with a clear 142-138 win.
She is not the only world-beater to emerge from these championships. Yesterday, Sarah Moon and our own James Howse turned in a stunning performance to claim the compound junior mixed team title after beating the USA 147-138.
James later told World Archery: “Coming here, Sarah and I we were feeling really confident, all throughout the eliminations we shot really good, shot well together and it was exactly the same on the finals field. We just had a good time and enjoyed it.\
The Finals began with our third representative at the Junior World Championships, Phoebe Pine and part of the Junior Ladies Compound Team being beaten by a very strong Mexican team but winning a well-earned silver! Having progressed to the final beating the number 4 seeds India and then the number 1 seeds USA by 217 to 212 the medal was just reward.
Phoebe had recently returned from competing in the Senior World Para Championships in Beijing securing a bronze compound mixed team medal, so it has been a fantastic month for her!
Lucy flies on to Mexico to compete in the World Senior Championships later this month and will be joined by Sarah Bettles who recently joined Deer Park.
Club practice was suspended during yesterday evening’s practice session to watch the action live and again on Sunday lunchtime where when we were holding a Portsmouth Round Challenge for 30 of our juniors. It was a pleasure for everyone to share in the success of our fellow members!
This was another very special weekend for our club, they just seem to keep on coming and we are sure that with all of the hard work invested and the wonderful environment created it will not be the last!
Filming was completed today for a short video on our experience of the ClubMark Re-accreditation process and will appear on the Sport England ClubMatters Website around the end of the month. As you will see in the video, it is a process we would recommend to all clubs, regardless of size.