Sharp-shooting six fly Chichester flag at Euro festival

Amelia Harper (in black) shoots for Chichester Bowmen at Telford
Amelia Harper (in black) shoots for Chichester Bowmen at Telford

Six Chichester Bowmen archers made the journey to Telford to compete in the European Archery Festival.

The Shropshire event was the European leg of the Indoor Archery World Cup, which culminates in Las Vegas in March 2014.

A total of 865 archers from 42 countries competed over the three days, and club archers competed alongside Olympic medallists and world champions over a 60-arrow qualifying round followed by head-to-head knockout rounds to decide the medallists.

Chichester’s Jamie Cole finished equal ninth in the junior gents’ compound competition, shooting 575 out of 600 in qualification.

Amelia Harper made the final knockout contest in the junior women’s recurve event, in which she was knocked out by eventual tournament winner Irati Zurbano from Spain and Mandy Linn finished 13th in the second chance tournament.

Ross Carr and Steve Thomson also shot for Chichester and the other archer representing the club, Bev Downie, began shooting only last September after attending the archery big weekend at the club’s range in Oaklands Park.

“To take part in an event like the European Archery Festival is incredible,” she said. “I have been shooting for only four months but I am amazed at how inclusive archery is as a sport. Anyone can take part regardless of age, fitness or ability and can take it as seriously as they wish or just shoot for fun.”

The archery big weekend is scheduled to take place again in May and anyone interested in having a go at archery can come along and try the sport for free on the day.

More information about Chichester Bowmen can be found at http://chichester-bowmen.co.uk