James was GB’s first medalist of the day winning compound junior bronze with a 146-141 victory over number one seed Hong Sung Ho of Korea. Finishing 3rd in the qualification round James had a bye in the first round of eliminations.
In round 2 seeing off Mexico’s Cuburu Luis (150/145/) and Antonin Gardeur of France (149/140) in round 3.
James was then edged out of the final in a tense one arrow shoot-off with Roy Green III after a tied score, despite shooting a 10. The American went on to lose the gold match 145-148 to Italy’s Manuel Festi. To record a perfect 150 and then follow it up with a 149 was amazing shooting and promises so much for the future.
Lucy Mason was able to shoot when a last minute delay pushed her leg operation back until next week. Despite her leg causing her a problem Lucy made the cut for the elimination rounds but went out to the Number 1 ranked archer Hannah Bartos from the USA 143/144.
Phoebe Pine did not compete as she is currently in Dubai with the GB Para Squad at their first training trip of the Tokyo Paralympic cycle.
Busy times at Balcarras Sports Centre
Over the last 3 weekends 2 Level 1 Coaching Courses and a Level 1 Assessment day have taken place. This coming weekend sees a Club Target Competition aimed at recording Portsmouth scores for the Archery GB Postal Competition and a County Junior Squad Workshop which we are running.
It’s time to get your entries in for the 2017 Deer Park Archers Para Archery WA18 Inclusion Tournament.
It’s the fourth time the shoot, which includes the British Wheelchair Archery Association National Indoor Competition has been held and, this year, it will be a world record status event.
It is being held on Sunday 5 February at Leisure@, Tommy Taylors Lane, Cheltenham, and is open to all abilities, with classifications and categories to ensure total inclusion.
Closer bosses will be available if needed and will be recognised as a category for awards.
This tournament is also open to able-bodied archers but, in the event that it is over-subscribed, priority will be given to those with disabilities.
A link to a video of last year’s event can be found on Deer Park Archers’ home page.
The event’s main sponsor is the Worshipful Company of Fletchers. A raffle will be held during the event in aid of the Archery Foundation.