World Para Championships Bronze for Phoebe!

The World Para-Archery Championships in Beijing ended in style today as Paralympic double champion John Walker and our own Phoebe Pine added compound mixed team bronze to Britain’s medals haul.

They faced Italy’s Alberto Simonelli and Eleonora Sarti of Italy in a tense match. There was only one point in it – the final score was 152-151 – but it was enough to secure the medal and place Great Britain fourth in the final medal standings.

Nineteen-year-old Phoebe, who was making her international debut at this level, said: “To come home with a medal is beyond my wildest dreams!”

Phoebe - World Para Championships Mixed Pairs Bronze.
Phoebe – World Para Championships Mixed Pairs Bronze.

Phoebe will fly out to Argentina later this month to join her Deer Park team mates Lucy Mason & James Howse in the World Junior Championships.

Lucy will then continue on to Mexico City to join a new member of Deer Park, Sarah Bettles for the World Senior Championships.

For a club in any sport to have members representing GB in a series of world championships like this, we think is amazing and is a testimony to all we do from grass roots to performance! Well done not just to the archers but all our club volunteers and certainly the parents and families who give up a lot to support them in their ambitions!

Field Course continues to grow.

On a day when 12 of our senior archers are competing in Exeter for the County in the annual inter-counties match, following our morning practice session, we held an all club junior mini field archery competition and we had 20 competing, many doing field archery for the first time.

Social picnic before taking on a mixed course of 2D & 3D targets.
Social picnic before taking on a mixed course of 2D & 3D targets.

The experience began with a group picnic, then some work with the coaches, checking out site marks and ensuring everyone was equipped for the challenge.

Some distance sight mark training before we started on the course.
Some distance sight mark training before we started on the course.

We are pleased to report, standards were high and there were no lost arrows! The event was organised by our new4 strong junior committee who also sought views on future social events that junior members would like to see.

Some challenging shots.
Some challenging shots.
Great afternoon with a mixture of fun and serious!
Great afternoon with a mixture of fun and serious!
Some team building as well.
Some team building as well.

This event is in preparation for our winter mini-field league, where online registration from both club and external members of Archery GB has been surprisingly busy!

Alzheimer’s Memory Walk a great success.

Our annual memory walk was very well attended and we more than doubled last year’s target and donations are still coming in. Well done to everyone. Once the walk had finished, attendees had brought picnics and there was also a fish and chip run to ensure members were sufficiently equipped to complete the evening practice session. The weather was again kind to us.

Some of the walkers that took part, great afternoon.
Some of the walkers that took part, great afternoon.

No time to take a breath.

Our 5 indoor venues start over the next couple of weeks and with a continuing outdoor programme we are going to be kept busy. Especially as our first Sunday indoors (24th September) at Balcarras sees our first Record Status Portsmouth. See our tournaments page for details, although only a few places left.