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An excellent weekend of shooting by the sea

Over the course of the weekend of 7th and 8th May 2016 around 50 archers descended on Pembrey Country Park to compete in the inaugural WAA record status Head to Head and WA1440 competitions hosted by Cymric Archers.  

Saturday started off a little dull and damp as the archers took their places to compete in the WA720 qualifying round but as the morning progressed, the day got brighter and the showers held off to give good shooting conditions for the Head to Head competition in the afternoon.  

This was the first Head to Head competition held by WAA and we would like to give a huge “thanks” to Melvin Gray, Tim Bonnell and all the members of Cymric Archers who helped make the day a big success.   

The full results can be seen on the Cymric Archers website and congratulations go to the following Head to Head gold medal winners: 

Tap Kalmaru – Gents Compound

 Kim Swetman – Ladies Compound

Dave Phillips – Gents Recurve

Eleri Farr – Ladies Recurve

Alex Newnes – Gents Longbow

Sasha Richards – Ladies Barebow

John Jones – Gents Barebow

Sam Young – Cadets gents recurve

Thea Rogers – Cadets ladies recurve

On the second day of shooting, the weather started off bright and sunny and relatively calm in the morning, making for some good shooting at the beginning of the day. However, in true Pembrey style, the calm did not last for long and as the day progressed, the words “Let’s go fly a kite” from the song from Mary Poppins seemed a more appropriate option than shooting arrows in the high winds.


We battled on and made it through the very windy afternoon with the following archers taking home the gold medals at the end of shoot:

Tap Kalmaru – Gents Compound

Kim Swetman – Ladies Compound

Jonathan Dyke – Gents Recurve

Eleri Farr – Ladies Recurve

Alex Newnes – Gents Longbow

Kayleigh Bayliss – Ladies Longbow

Sasha Richards – Ladies Barebow

Darran Cooke – Gents Barebow

Jacob Barrett- Rees – Metric I Cadets gents recurve

Grace Barrett-Rees – Metric I Cadets ladies recurve

An excellent weekend was had by all the archers who attended and we hope that this is the first of an annual WAA competition which we hope to add to our archery calendar for future years.


Thanks again to Cymric Archers – a job well done all weekend.