ARCHERY: Gold for White

Chris White and Naomi Jones (picture Archeryfoto.com)

Chris White and Naomi Jones (picture Archeryfoto.com)

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Rugby archer is national indoor champion

Britain’s best archers came together last weekend to compete for the title of National Indoor Champion. The event at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry saw archers from across the country crowned winners in the Men’s and Women’s events for both the Compound and Recurve disciplines.

The first competitions saw the Recurve Women and the Compound Men take centre stage at the arena. Focus then turned to the Women’s Compound and Men’s Recurve archers, who had nervously been awaiting their turn to compete in the prestigious event. Following strong shooting from all competitors, the final 32 were selected, and head-to-head matches commenced.

Rugby’s Chris White kept his nerve to take the title of Men’s Compound National Indoor Champion. It was a close match against Adam Ravenscroft from Great Barr, with a final score of 147 to 146.

The winner of the Women’s Compound final was Naomi Jones from Edinburgh University. Naomi’s final score was 142 to 141 against strong competition from Northern Irish archer Rebecca Lennon.

In the Women’s Recurve category the competitors were whittled down to the final pair of Nicola Turner and Naomi Folkard, who are both members of Royal Leamington Spa Archery Club. There followed a tough head-to-head match, with excellent shooting from both archers. However, Nicola took the lead in the set play format to become Women’s Recurve National Indoor Champion. The final score was 6 to 4.

The final title to be decided was Men’s Recurve National Indoor Champion. In this category, Larry Godfrey from Bristol successfully fought off stiff competition from Gergo Deak, who shoots with County Oak AC in Hove. The match concluded with a final score of 7 to 3.

The National Indoor Championships have been held at the Ricoh Arena since 2012 and have been a key event in the archery calendar for the past 57 years. The competition saw Olympians and Paralympians, as well as up-and-coming young talent, compete against each other in the final major archery event of the year.

Sara Symington, Archery GB’s Performance Director, commented: “Once again, we have seen a fantastic amount of talent and some spectacular shooting at this year’s National Indoor Championships. The archers have been really pushing themselves in training, as this was the final opportunity to gain a title in 2014, and the great results were clear to see.

“Naomi, Chris, Nicola and Larry should be hugely proud of what they achieved this weekend and we hope to see them competing just as successfully in 2015.”

The weekend also saw the most promising junior (under 18) archers from across the country compete for National Indoor titles. Bryony Pitman and Bradley Denny took home the Women and Men’s Recurve titles respectively, while in the Compound class Lucy Mason achieved the Women’s title and Luke Ralls was the highest scoring male.

For more information regarding the National Indoor Championships please visit – www.archerygb.org

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