The first round of this summer’s Sunburn league was held last Sunday (26th May). We had a large turnout of archers, including quite a few new members.
The results were good with a number of handicaps being reduced. The leader board currently looks as follows:
|Long Metric||Trevor Little||1485|
|Long Metric I/Ladies Long Metric||Nicky McDowell||1403|
|Long Metric II||Linda Howarth||1457|
|Long Metric III||Vic Addis (Barebow)||1488|
|Long Metric IV||Bryn Davis||1529|
A special mention goes to Trevor Little and Linda Howarth for all gold ends at 90 and 60 metres (respectively).
If any members haven’t shot in the league before, but want to please sign up for round 2 on 16 June. It is a fun, relaxed atmosphere with friendly support from everyone.
We are pleased to announce that our new eco-toilet has been installed and it was officially opened on Sunday, 24th March 2019 by Freya Bezencon.
The club would like to thank everyone involved with its acquisition and installation, particularly Neil Gunner for sourcing both the toilet and the funding, Graham Whittington for arranging transportation, Trevor Vaughan for constructing the base and the ramp, and Dan Mitchell for the plumbing advice.
The committee would like to thank the Community Fund of the National Lottery for their generous grant that made the provision of the new toilet possible.
If you notice that the toilet needs restocking or attention please email one of the committee members so they can resolve the issue. If they don’t know; they can’t fix it.
The fifth and final Frostbite shoot of the 2018/19 season last Sunday, 3rd March, was a wet and windy occasion. The unfavourable weather conditions did not deter a respectable number of members attending. A big “thank you” is needed for Paul Murray for organising and arranging this season’s Frostbite tournament, although if he could try harder on organising better weather next year it would be appreciated!
The results were as follows:
|Freya Bezencon (BB)||129|
|Recurve Team A (competing against Pendle & Samlesbury)|
|Barrie Le Grove||252|
|Recurve Team B (competing against Sutton Coldfield)|
|Vic Addis (BB)||214|
|Compound Team (competing against Friars’ Gate Archers)|
With the winter season concluded, we are now looking forward to the start of the summer season with the first Sunburn shoot on 26th May.
Sunday 10th February saw the fourth and penultimate Frostbite shoot of the 2018/19 winter season. Despite the threat of wind and rain we had a descent turnout with a strong contingent of bare bow archers.
The results were as follows:
Recurve Team A (Competing against Westcott Archer)
Recurve Team B (Competing against Bannockburn Bowman)
|Vic Addis (BB)||232|
Compound Team (Competing against Royal Richmond)
The season finale is on Sunday, 3 March. If last year was anything to go by we can expect snow!
Worthing Archery Club is delighted to announce that it has three new Level 1 coaches bringing the clubs total to 7 coaches. Linda (Membership Secretary), Nicky and Neil (Treasurer) successfully completed their 1st4sport coaching course and assessment. With much self-determination and many hours of practice they achieved their much deserved goal. The course was a challenging process, which tested their resolve in more ways than they expected and the final assessment was six hours outside is near freezing temperatures.
They would like to offer their thanks to their mentors, and existing club coaches, Isla, Paul and Andrew for all their help and support.
They all look forward to honing their newly acquired skills at the next beginners courses this April.
Any club member wishing some further coaching is encouraged to contact any of our coaches who will be more than happy to arrange a time to work with you on developing your form and technique.
Archery is an inclusive sport, a sport that anyone with a disability can participate in with just a little pre-planning and minor modifications. Accessibility to the shooting line for example, can be achieved by a helpful push of a wheelchair and collecting arrows and scoring can be done by other club members. We at Worthing Archery Club will help in any way we can to accomodate anyone with a disability whether you wish to shoot casually or aspire to shoot for the County or even for Great Britain.
History of Disabled Archery
The bow is one of the earliest forms of weapons and so archery has been around almost since the dawn of mankind. Whilst it is probable that in that time individuals with a disability learned to shoot a bow out of necessity and later for leisure it wasn't really until the 1940's when archery was actively thought of as a sport that disabled people could not only participate in but also compete in.
Dr Ludwig Guttman organised an archery and javelin competition for patients at what originally was called the Ministry of Pensions Spinal Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital held on 28 July 1948 to coincide with the opening of the 1948 Olympic Games. These modest beginnings of an archery competition with 14 male and two female competitors, led to the creation of an annual Stoke-Mandeville Games and later the Paralympic Games was born. When the first Paralympics was held in 1960 in Rome, para archery was part of the programme where it has remained ever since.
Adaptive equipment may not be necessary, but it is allowed. Some of the adaptations allowed are:
- Mechanical releases for the bow, mouth tabs, slings, or bow mounts for people who have limited arm movement.
- An assistant may nock the arrow onto the bow.
- Strapping can be used to keep the body supported and/or on the chair
- Sighting aids may be used,
- Equipment may be used such as a wheelchair bow stringer, bow sling, amputee adapter device, or adapted archery bow.
If you would like to take your archery further then we can arrange for classification at Stoke Mandaville thorough the British Wheelchair Archery Association if required and we can also get professional advice from the BWAA on any adaptions that may be required to help you with your archery.
Worthing Archery Club is fully compliant with the Equality Act 2010 with regard to reasonable adjustments direct and indirect discrimination. We are however limited to what we can do to the land due to the landowner and the ground can become quite muddy but if you are determined it shouldn’t be a limiting factor.
You’re welcome to come along and see our facilities before you take a beginner’s course -please contact our Secretary to arrange a convenient date and time.
A disability shouldn’t be a barrier to enjoying archery.
The weekend of October 6th/7th saw our last beginners course of the year. An eager group of ten budding archers were greated by our team of 7 coaches and assistants who made them feel welcome and took them through the basics of both Barebow and Olympic Recurve shooting. As always the prime concern on the day was safety but a close second was making it fun and enjoyable. With the guidance of our coaches it wasn't long at all before our beginners were all shooting with good form and grouping well.
As we always do on our beginners courses our coaches also took our beginners through many of the different types of bows from the standard recurve, to compound, longbow, horsebows and American Flatbows. During some of the tea breaks the coashes answered many of the questions people had and shared lots of helpful information on what to do and more importantly, what not to do when it comes to buying your first bow as well explaining our clubs bow loan scheme.
The course was a big success and yet again we thank our coaches, assistants and volunteers who gave up their weekend to help others get into the sport we all love. Photos from the day can be seen below.
The final round of the Sunburn League 2018 was held last Sunday, 28th October and this year the annual competition went down to the wire. With every arrow vital for success all archers were trying their absolute hardest to win and each category was hard fought for. Yet again the Sunburn League has been a big success and has proved popular with lots of club members from our newest members through to our elite archers and we thank everyone for taking part, helping Paul set-up and take-down the targets and for making it fun and enjoyable experience. Also special thanks to “Master Chef” Ali and Trevor Vaughan for assisting with the transport of the BBQ and to our trophy presenters.
The results are now in and we are delighted to announce that the Grand Winner For 2018 is James Wilson who narrowly beat Chris Bruce-Hay into second place with an identical score of 4629. Many congratulations to James on this achievement after such a short time in the club.
Full results can be seen below:
Long Metric IV Highest Single Score Shot Trophy
1st Jill Lawrence - 1449
2nd Jill Lawrence - 1429
3rd Paul Woodford - 1413
Long Metric III Highest Single Score Shot Trophy
1st James Wilson - 1637
2nd James Wilson - 1541
3rd Chris Bruce-Hay - 1514
Long Metric II Highest Single Score Shot Trophy
1st Nicky McDowell – 1487
2nd Isla Bezencon – 1482
3rd Andrew Walford - 1451
Long Metric I Highest Single Score Shot Trophy
1st Trevor Little - 1486
2nd Neil Gunner - 1472
3rd - Paul Murray - 1469
Long Metric Highest Single Score Shot Trophy
1st Neil Gunner – 1460
2nd Trevor Little – 1444
3rd Trevor Little - 1423
Long Metric IV League Trophy
1st Jill Lawrence - 4224
2nd Paul Woolford - 4203
3rd Trevor Vaughan - 1375
Long Metric III League Trophy
1st James Wilson - 4629
2nd Chris Bruce-Hay - 4480
3rd Barrie Le Grove - 4289
Long Metric II League Trophy
1st Nicky McDowell - 4365
2nd Andrew Walford – 4227
3rd Isla Bezencon - 1482
Long Metric I League Trophy
1st Neil Gunner - 4354
2nd Paul Murray - 4311
3rd Trevor Little - 2877
Long Metric League Trophy
1st Trevor Little – 4257
2nd Neil Gunner - 1460
Most Improved Handicap
1st James Wilson - 12
2nd Micky McDowell - 6
3rd – Neil Gunner - 5
SUNBURN LEAGUE 2018 GRAND WINNER
1st JAMES WILSON - 4629
2nd Chris Bruce-Hay - 4629
3rd Neil Gunner - 4381
On Sunday 1st July Worthing Archery Club entered the Six Villages American Tournament which is a tournament aimed at intermediate archers. We had several members enter and being the hottest day of the year so far ( at least it definitely felt it), nice and warm was an understatement. Shooting was good with some personal bests achieved.
Nicky came second, the lady that came first did immensely well considering her string snapped half way through the competition!
Dan also got a silver - having too good a handicap to be considered with the rest of us.
Tom and Neil both got a Gold in their categories and Chris cleared out in the raffle.
I nominate James to get an award for folding Paul’s tent at the end of the day without seeing the instructions! My shooting was rubbish but I still really enjoyed the day especiallly the BBQ and James’ amazing lemon cake.
Looking forward to the next comp people :)
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