Huge congratulations to Penny Healey, a member of Bowbrook Archers, SAS, and WMAS, who, at the age of twelve, has won GOLD in the Recurve Youth Girls category. Fifteen points clear of the runner up, she won GB's first Gold of the event in Nimes, France.
Well done, Penny.
On the 16th September Shropshire took a team to Droitwich, Worcestershire to compete in the WMAS Junior Intercounty Competition.
As team manager I selected a team of 16 archers from different clubs to represent Shropshire.
At the end of the days shooting Shropshire lifted the Trophy.
I am writing this article to say how proud i am to be part of the team .
What a day I am so proud of you all, only six of you made the team for the Trophy but everyone of you was brilliant.
It was obvious to all that you enjoyed the day, the way you laughed, mixed and bonded as a team was noticed by the other team managers.
Your parents must be proud of you, your clubs should be proud of you and you represented Shropshire with style.
Kaitlyn Mary and Rhian claimed a Fita Star award but all of you need to check the web site below to see if you can claim an EAF Cross.
A mention for Holly Hulse who could not share the day because of being unwell on the morning of the shoot, i hope you are feeling better.
COUNTY COACHING FOR JUNIORS
The Shropshire Junior training Squad meets on the first Saturday of every month.
It is open to all junior archers who want to improve their archery; they need to have completed 3 competitions other than club competitions.
The sessions last for 2 hours and include comprehensive coaching work on warm ups, drills and skills with clini-band, blank boss shooting, fitness, early development of mental rehearsal skills with some target face shooting included.
The sessions are very much focused on longer-term development and archers will be given various tasks to work on at their clubs between sessions.
Archers are encouraged to keep a training diary to help maintain continuity of coaching with their club coaches.
The ArcheryGB Junior National Outdoor Championships were held at Lilleshall on Saturday and Sunday the 2nd and 3rd of July. It was a very successful event with over 330 archers taking part from all over the UK. The Saturday was a metric event shooting 144 arrows. The weather was sunny but there was a cold wind. Sunday was an imperial distance shooting a Bristol round, the sun shone all day with a comfortable breeze.
Shropshire had a good turn out on both days with 13 archers taking part. There were a number of notable successes. Anja Rawlings shooting a longbow in the U12 events, came first on both days, scoring PBs on both occasions. These scores will hopefully contribute to a National Record. Penny Healey, shooting a recurve in the U12 event, came third in the metric round and joint first in the Bristol round. Charlotte Llewellyn-Smith, shooting a recurve in the U16 event, came first in the Bristol round. Becky Chilcott, shooting a barebow in the U16 event also came first in both metric and Bristol rounds with PBs on both days. Jacob Read came third in both the U 16 recurve events. Other archers from Shropshire include Hannah Blaxall, Lauren Rawlings, Callum Binnersley, Jessica Hulse, Holly Hulse, Rhian Costall, Daniel Bowen and Danny Bannister. They all shot well and achieved PBs. Well done to all of you.