The Primary and Secondary School Games run by the award winning Active Gloucestershire came to a fitting conclusion on Friday and Saturday at Hartpury College.
Following almost 12 months of practice and 3 months of competition the Archery Finals more than lived up to expectation!
On the Friday 10 Primary Schools with teams of 9 archers competed using both the ‘Arrows’ and Genesis equipment.
10 Primary Schools with teams of 9.
The competing teams had fought their way through L2 finals, with archery being so popular that some of the districts had to split their finals in separate groups of 10 with just a single team qualifying from each group!
Following the morning qualification round the top 5 teams progressed to the Genesis Finals with the others progressing to the ‘Arrows’ finals.
The standard set was by far the highest we have seen and indeed two schools, Sapperton and Newnham set the highest scores ever recorded in the qualification round.
The afternoon finals did not disappoint, were extremely close and produced a surprise winner with Hillview (4th in qualification) edging out Callowell and Sapperton.
In the ‘Arrows’ finals Glenfall won through with Cam Everlands and St James’ collecting the other medals.
In addition to the team finals there were also individual boy and girl finals.
Girls Competition Winners
In keeping with the spirit of the competition 6 wrist band awards were also made to individuals that had exemplified the Olympic Values.
A big thank you to Active Gloucestershire for making this event possible and to Xperience Archery and our many volunteers for supporting a great day, all equipment, time and expertise was provided totally free by all parties and it is a superb way of promoting our sport and is a perfect illustration of how exciting and inclusive archery can be!
Saturday was almost a repeat of the Friday but for Secondary Schools, who had again qualified through District Finals, just 6 places in these finals as space had to be made for a bigger individual competition.
Following an incredibly close qualification round, where a shoot off had to be used to decide the final seedings the bronze medal match was decided in favour of Balcarras School.
The Gold medal matched proved to be of the highest standard with HSFG emerging as first time winners, with Archway, the competition favourites taking the silver.
The top 4 individual qualifiers went head to head in the non compound section with Will Gore from Cleeve School Taking Gold, Josh Uzzel from Thomas Keble taking Silver and Phoenix Uddin from Bournside taking Bronze.
In the Compound section Phoebe Pine (Cirencester College) took Gold just shading out Holly Clifford (Newent).
Again thank you to all the volunteers that made this possible, it is the best way to promote our sport and it will continue to grow when presented in such an exciting format by such skilled and enthusiastic volunteers!
All the medalists of both days received a Golden Ticket inviting them to a celebration event at Gloucester Cathedral and the club will again be running a have-a-go and promoting our sport.