On the weekend of 4th and 5th July, many of our Welsh juniors battled through some extreme weather changes, including thunder and heavy downpours to bring home a haul of medals from the Junior Outdoor National Championships at Lilleshall.
In the FITA Star and Metric tournament on the Saturday, Ryan Pinder and Cyra and Owen Rawdin-Jones all brought home gold medals, with Ryan setting a new Welsh record for the Metric 2 distance. Steffan Rawdin-Jones added to the family medals with a silver and Thea Rogers not only brought home a silver medal but also set a new British record for the 30m distance.
The Imperial competition on the Sunday saw an equally brilliant performance with gold medals going to Amelia Thomas, Thea Rogers and Cyra Rawdin-Jones who made it a double gold weekend in the Longbow competition. Silver medals went to Eleri Farr, Ryan Pinder and Owen Rawdin-Jones with Steffan Rawdin-Jones completing the medal haul with a bronze medal in the compound competition.
The Welsh Junior team of Grace and Jakob Barrett-Rees, Eleri Farr, Alice Reynolds, Ryan Pinder, Steffan Williams and Thea Rogers all did well with the team coming third in the Home Nations competition. The team manager, Natasha Rogers did a brilliant job of keeping our junior archers motivated and entertained throughout the weekend which was clearly very successful for our junior archers.
Three of our Welsh juniors were in action over the first weekend in August at the British Junior Masters competition in Rotherham. Alice Reynolds of Bowmen of Gower, Thea Rogers of Llantarnam Archery Club and Ben Walch of Blandy Jenkins Archers competed alongside 70 other juniors in a series of 720 rounds, head-to-heads and round robins which took place over the weekend.
After some nail biting finishes and one arrow shoot offs, we are pleased to announce that Thea and Ben both brought home gold medals while Alice took third place in her category and brought home the bronze. Ben was also named as the Junior Barebow Masters Champion as a result of the competition on Saturday.
Not to be outdone by the juniors, on 20th June 2015, Marek Pawlik of Fort Archers in Fishguard found himself to be the only Welsh representative at the annual English Archery Federation National and Open Longbow Championships held in Hereford.
Competing against 24 gentlemen and 9 lady longbow archers, including three of the top ten, Marek was amongst the best longbow archers in the UK but this did not deter him and we are pleased to announce that Marek won the event.
Well done Marek and congratulations on becoming the new English Archery Federation’s Open Longbow Champion.
Well done to all who competed – yet again you did us proud.