DEER PARK Archers warmed up for the British Junior Championships next month with a dominant performance at the Gloucestershire County Junior Indoor Championships held at Balcarras School Sports Centre.
With the Shurdington-based club providing 77 per cent of the entries it was perhaps not surprising that they took 16 of the 22 titles on offer. Cleve Archers also did very well with four of their six archers winning.
A special mention too for Antony Wiseman from the Fast & Loose club who won the Boys’ U18 Recurve. He has switched from left to right handed and adapted really well.
Highlights from a Deer Park perspective were James Howse recording a score of 590 and Lucy Mason again equalling the national record with 587.
In other club news Holly Clifford has been selected by the English Archery Federation to represent England at the forthcoming British Indoor Championships.
Holly will be part of a team of eight archers taking on the other home nations.
Will Gore has won the Joyce Harding Trophy from the Gloucestershire Archery Society for the biggest handicap boys improvement in 2015. Holly and Will were also both winners at the club’s recent annual awards evening – Holly in the junior compound category and Will in the junior recurve.
GB international James Howse saw off competition from his brother Tom, Lucy Mason and Cirencester’s Phoebe Pine to win International Archer of the Year.
Highlights included Paige Tucker winning the Junior Clubman of the Year and Mary Crang winning the Jos Benfield Clubman of the Year.
Other selected award winners: Best Junior Female Recurve: Charlotte Lunt; Inclusion Archer of the Year: Phoebe Pine and Harry Faulkner; Best Senior Recurve: Andy Cramb and Christine Anderton; Best Barebow: Rachel Lucas; Best Longbow: Dave Ponton and John Craigie; Best Senior Compound: Simon Faulkner.