August has been the month where Welsh archers of all ages have headed to Lilleshall to represent Wales and compete in the British Target Championships and the Archery GB Youth Festival.
Over the weekend of 8th and 9th August 2015, a total of 16 Welsh archers competed in the British Target Championships. The Welsh team consisting of Jonathan Dyke, Dave Phillips, Eleri and Tracey Farr, Alex Bradley, Steve Edwards and Kim Swetman spent the weekend competing in 720 50m/70m rounds, head-to-heads and a 1440 round on the Sunday which included the Home Nations Championship.
After a gruelling weekend of shooting, the team finished in bronze medal position in both the recurve and compound disciplines. Eleri finished in a very respectable fourth place in the overall ladies 1440 competition on the Sunday and bagged new under 18 Welsh records in the 720 70m distance, the 60m distance and the Ladies 1440 Fita round.
Not to be outdone by the seniors, 8 of our Welsh Junior Academy archers made camp at Lilleshall from the 18th to 23rd August 2015 to take part in the Archery GB Youth Festival. Just like the seniors, our young Welsh archers took part in head to head competitions and team events over the course of the week with more than one of the competitions coming down to one arrow shoot offs.
Finnlay, Grace and Jakob Barrett-Rees, Eleri Farr, Alice Reynolds, Thea Rogers, Ryan Pinder and Sam Young all took part and between them brought home a total of 4 medals. Thea received a gold medal, winning the individual junior cub competition and Ryan, Alice and Sam won gold, silver and bronze medals as part of the cadet team competitions. Eleri narrowly missed out on a bronze medal in the individual junior women’s competition but has been invited to take part in a demonstration competition in Nottingham as part of the National Series Finals.
Well done to everyone who competed – you should be very proud of your achievements and thanks to my roving reporters who kept me up to date on developments and provided me with the photographs.