Austin Shoots for GB
Huge congratulations go to recurve cadet Austin Whitmarsh who was selected to represent Great Britain at the World Archery Youth Championship in Madrid. He finished 55th out of 107 in the qualifying round, making him second out of the three Team GB archers shooting in that category. He put up a good fight against Federico Fabrizzi of Italy but was beaten 6-4 in the 1/48 matches.
Austin’s qualifying score, combined with those of his team mates, put Great Britain 12th of 26 in the recurve cadet men’s team competition. They managed to defeat the Romanian team 6-2 in the 1/12 matches but then came up against Japan who halted their progress.
MB Classifications Achieved
On 4th August, at different shoots, both Ali and Lorna got their third and final MB scores at record status tournaments to qualify for Master Bowman. They join Dave, who already had his three required scores, and will be awaiting their invitations to the UK Masters next year at Lilleshall.
Ali’s third MB score was achieved at Redruth’s WA Weekend, where she won the ladies compound category on both days.
Success at Oxford Team Challenge
Several Cheltenham Archers’ teams entered the Oxford Team Challenge this year, held at North Hinksey on bank holiday weekend. Dave and Ali, and Jeff and Becky, entered as compound teams, and Sean and Lorna entered as a recurve team.
After the qualifying round the teams were straight into the head to head matches. Dave and Ali went up against one of the Southern Counties Archery Society teams who defeated them by just three points. Jeff and Becky were up against the Welsh Archery Association team first and won the match by one point. On a roll, they swept past the Hampshire Hogs, defeating them by six points, to come up against the SCAS team that knocked out Dave and Ali. Their progress was also stopped here and their opponents went on to win the gold.
Sean and Lorna’s first match was against Archery GB team members; one current and one former. After drawing the first set the Cheltenham team went on to win the next two and made it through to the next round. This was against the number one seeded team, Deer Park Archers, but Cheltenham fought through and made it to the quarter finals. They couldn’t get past Oxford Archers to get to the gold medal match but did defeat a SCAS team to win the bronze.
The team event also incorporated the Archery England Inter-Regional Team Championships. Dave was awarded an English Archery Federation medal as half of the winning compound team, representing GWAS.
Two weeks ago volunteer members of the club helped to remove equipment out of the indoor ranges at Lansdown Trading Estate. We were incredibly fortunate to have had 24/7 indoor shooting for all of our members for over two years, however, circumstances out of the control of the club has meant that the unit is no longer available to us. A lot of time and effort was put into the space to make it a great place to shoot. Thanks go to everyone who contributed in one way or another to make it a brilliant facility; it was good while it lasted. The committee are in the process of organising other venues for the winter months so that those arrows can keep flying despite the dark and the cold. They would like to thank members for their continued support and apologise for the sad loss of a fantastic venue.