Certainly a day of mixed emotions which began with a recital from our Club Poet entitled ‘Judges’ followed by a long round of applause in memory of Martyn Iles who was the original Judge in Charge for this competition, Martyn died peacefully in his sleep last week.
The day finished with 6 National records and 3 other scores equaling National Records and the relief that the Club had successfully run a friendly and efficient Record Status Competition!
There were National records for Tom (Jnr Recurve), Charlotte (Junior Longbow), Nicole (Junior Barebow) and interestingly James Lawton & James Howse had identical scores (and the same number of 10’s etc) to set a new National Record! We will let Archery GB sort that one out!
Nick Bullus from Bath Archers set a new National Record in the Gents Barebow. Robbie & Izzy broke the existing National records but were overtaken by Tom & Charlotte.
Heart break for Beckie (twice) and Richard Powell who equaled the Current Records, so yes it was a great competition, not just for the shooting but the day was much more than that.
We also took the opportunity to present Kevin with the trophy for becoming the County Indoor Barebow Champion and to present Liza with her Archery GB ‘Ontarget’ Young Volunteer of the Year Award.
The team work to prepare for the shoot, the field party, the refreshments and even the juniors that ran the raffle.
And a special mention for the great team of judges that facilitated a very enjoyable day led by Jean Howells. Well done to everyone.
The proceedings were rounded off by Mr John Craigie our Gentleman Patron.
County Junior Squad
The day before the competition Steph & Dan led more than 20 of the juniors from the County Squad on a development/team building day, thanks to Graham Williams for running a session on ‘preparing for competition.’ Lots of fun competition and games, even a Pizza delivery with party food. Again thanks to the coaches and to the other volunteers helping with the food. A well planned end to the winter season. One of the sessions gave everyone a final opportunity to record a 3 dozen score for the GWAS Winter Postal League.
Following a club newsletter last week, there has been more than 25 volunteers to become buddies for the next intake of beginners and more than 15 volunteers to do the Field Captain Training! Great response everyone.
A Green Note
Following our annual survey to seek out innovative ideas and to remind members of the need to ‘reduce our carbon footprint’ we also ran a short session with the junior squad to get them more involved and seek their views. Much to my surprise the following sign was displayed on the door to the Bray Competition and certainly worked with fewer cups used, less rubbish at the end and as people had written their names on the cups we found it easy to track down half finished cup holders!