Sussex Junior Winter League 2019

Saturday, 15 August 2020 18:10

Way back in 2019 when everything seemed relatively normal, some of WAC juniors took part in the Sussex Junior Winter League.  If you don’t know it’s a little like the Frostbite League, you shoot a round every month and submit your scores.  Your best 3 scores are entered.  Last year it was cold and stormy- this year we faced the rain, and lots of it!

Mud mud mud mud and mud!

In spite of all this we won two medals.  Lilah won a well deserved Silver and Freya achieved Broze - both in the girls outdoor Recurve category.  Well Done!

We hope to enter it again this year if Covid allows us too

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Worthy Worthing Worcester Winners

Tuesday, 04 February 2020 12:01

When Worthing went to Arundown
A Worcester they did shoot
Avoiding winter weather
And wet and muddy boots.

60 Arrows shot in fives
Aiming at the spot
Trying for that perfect score
A miss they wanted not

Gavin and his Little Dan
Gathered in the Gold
Single, Double, Triple rounds
Their focus they did hold

Linda H and Nicky Mc
A Silver they did bag
And bare bow Jen soon found her form
And Bronze was hers to brag

In double rounds, for Nick and Jen
A Silver medal each
And don't forget intrepid James
A Flat bow Gold did reach

For Compound team, Gav and Linda
Became the glorious Golden Grinners
So all in all a happy team Of Worthy Worthing Worcester Winners

By Nicky McDowell

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Worthing Winners

Wednesday, 27 November 2019 14:37

On Sunday 17th November, Arundown Archery club held their 59th Indoor Tournament.  This  tournament is always very well attended by archers of all abilities from Beginners to County and even  National team standard from Clubs all over Sussex and surrounding counties.
Worthing archers were out in force, with a total of 9 members shooting over the course of the day in Single, Double and Triple Portsmouth Rounds. Warmed by the newly installed heaters in the usually icy cold Sports hall, Worthing archers were  soon basking in success.

First time competitors, Vic Addis and Jen Diplock soon got to grips with the anomalies of Indoor shooting, adjusting to the confined, noisy conditions and settling into holding their own against more seasoned  archers with years of experience.

Jen Diplock took home Silver medals for Ladies Barebow Single (459) and Double rounds (921).
Vic Addis was 7th in  the Gents Barebow Single round (480) and 4th in the Double Round (962).

In The Gents Recurve rounds, our largest contingent of archers  were placed as follows;

Single Round - Dan Mitchell Bronze medal  (561)
Dan Talbot 6th (551), Clive Talbot 18th (462) and Barrie Le Grove 19th(444)
Double Round - Dan Mitchell Bronze medal (1120)

Triple Round - Dan Mitchell Gold medal (1653)

In the Ladies Recurve Nicky McDowell (and Lady Paramount) took the Gold medal in Single (549) and Double rounds (1095)

The Gents Compound Unlimited once again saw Gavin Sutherland taking Gold in all three rounds,  (587, 1169, 1751) and 8 year old Dan Sutherland followed  in his Father's footsteps,  not only competing in all 3 sessions, (a grand total of 180 arrows),  but also taking the Gold medal in all three rounds of the Junior Gents(U12) Compound Unlimited.  (456 ,920, 1373)

 Collectively our archers achieved 13 medals, but the tally did not end there as Worthing came out top in the Club teams single round adding further Gold medals for the team of Gavin, Dan and Nicky, with team 2 (Dan Talbot, Vic Addis and Jen Diplock) taking 7th place.

This was a tremendous achievement by all those who took part. Well Done All!

Full details can be found at

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The High Weald WRS 1440

Tuesday, 01 October 2019 11:26

On Sunday 22nd September, three Worthing archers and one Associate member set off in the pre-dawn darkness, heading for the far rural outskirts of the county, to take part in The High Weald 1440 WRS shoot. The forecast was for heavy rain and thunder storms, and the early heavy rain showers threatened to be prolonged, but that did not deter Dan Mitchell, Trevor Little, Nicky McDowell and Petra Ginman as they settled into 3 dozen rounds at each of the 4 distances (90m,70m 50m and 30m for gents and 70m,60m,50m and 30m for the ladies)

The early rain was challenging but the team persevered. Waterproof clothing went on, came off, went on and came off again as they wavered between staying dry and not being hampered by jackets. Trevor Little's bow took exception to the wet weather and blew up in his hand, shattering his arrow into three pieces. In true Champion-style, Trevor scooted inside, put his bow in the press, restrung it and returned to the shooting line. shaken but not stirred. At the half way mark Dan Mitchell, Trevor Little and Petra Ginman were leading their respective categories and Nicky McDowell was in 3rd Place. The rain abated and there was a short glimpse of sun. It was then time for the shorter distances on the smaller faces. Dan and Petra continued to lead the way, Trevor struggled on valiantly, and Nicky started to gain ground on her opponents.

It certainly wasnt a day for World Records, but all of our archers came away with a medal and a claim for a Fita Star badge.

Final Results:

Dan Mitchell 1st Gents Recurve
Petra Ginman 1st Ladies Recurve
Trevor Little 2nd Gents Compound, a very poorly bow and a dead arrow (but still smiling!)
Nicky McDowell 2nd Ladies Recurve

Full results and some very good Photographs from the day can be found at

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On Saturday 14th September 2019, The Worshipful Company of Fletchers held their Disability Championships at the home of Archery GB, National Sports Centre, Lilleshall, in Shropshire.

The Fletchers Trust is a charity which supports archers with both physical and mental disabilities and includes the visually impaired. They financially assist archers, from newcomers to Paralympic athletes.
In 2017 they organised the first Disability Championships, to enable Elite archers to compete at a World Record Status event on the same basis as the Paralympic games.
The competition is now open to all disabled archers making the event more inclusive and participants are able to gain scores to be used in selection for international competitions.

Worthing’s very own Trevor Little made the journey up to Lilleshall, to test his skills and nerve in this National Competition.
The Disability Compound Division comprised both male and female archers creating a competitive category for all, shooting a WA720 (50m) round.
In the first round, Trevor showed them how it was done, despite the increasing wind, qualifying in first place. With a score of 654 he was 34 points in front of his nearest rival and earnt himself a Bye, putting himself straight into the final.
In that final, Trevor was up against Andrew Woodger from Laleham Archery Club. Each archer shot 15 arrows in 5 x 3 arrow ends in a head to head competition.
Trevor beat his opponent on every end, only missing the Gold twice, and scoring 138 against Andrew Woodger’s 130.
Winning a Gold medal, at a National event, when you have only been shooting 3 years is a tremendous achievement.
Congratulations and Well done Trevor.

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Short Western Tournament

Monday, 26 August 2019 18:18

On Sunday 25th August Worthing Archery Club held a Short Western Tournament for club members as a 'rehearsal' for open tournaments (tournaments open to members of other clubs) that the club hopes to hold next year. A lot of help was needed to get the field ready and the club would like to thank everyone who assisted especially Linda, Graham, Vernon, Nicky and Trevor Little and his" Yellow line painting carriage" and Dan for assisting with judging. It's thanks to the hard work and dedication of our members that we are able to run events like this as we look forward to running more in the future. The tournament itself was a great success and  as it turned out everyone was a winner especially Martin Kenny and Mike Ellis who both scooped up 3 medals each.

Full results can be seen below:







Martin Kenny

Short Western




Nicola McDowell

Short Western




Andrew Walford

Short Western




James Kenny

Short Western




Bryn Davies

Short Western




Anthony Byrne

Short Western




Kat Rozental

Short Western




Victor Addis

Short Western




Michael Ellis

Short Western




Derek WIlkins

Short Western




Photos from the day can be viewed below.

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The Road to Tokyo 2020

Monday, 29 July 2019 09:17

It is with a keen eye, that members of the club have been following the progress of the GB Archery team in their recent efforts on the International Archery circuit.

Our very own club member, Bryony Pitman has been competing as part of the GB Ladies Recurve Team, who have recently scooped a Bronze medal at the World Championships in Hertogenbosch, Netherlands and a Gold medal at the European Games in Minsk, Belarus. Their success has also earnt the team quota places at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Huge congratulations to Bryony and her team mates on their fantastic achievements and we wish them every success for the future.

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Sussex County Championship 2019

Tuesday, 23 July 2019 12:45

Once again Worthing members had a very enjoyable and successful weekend at the Sussex County Archery Association Championships.


On Saturday 20th July, the team comprising Dan Mitchell, Nicky McDowell and Mike Ellis (competing in his very first external competition), were challenged by a very tricky, blustery wind and some very competent opposition. Dan and Nicky shot a WA70 (70m) and Mike Ellis shot a Metric 122-30m (barebow). Both Dan and Mike won Gold in their respective categories and Nicky was just outside the medals in 4th place.

On Sunday 21st July, the team comprising Dan Mitchell, Nicky McDowell, Gavin Sutherland, and Dan Sutherland took up the challenge of a WA1440 round (Dan S shooting the Junior Metric 5). After 144 arrows over 4 distances, Nicky earned a Bronze medal in the Sussex Ladies Recurve, a Bronze medal for 3rd highest combined score over both days, and a Bronze team medal in partnership with Dan Mitchell. Gavin Sutherland earned a Silver medal in the Gents Compound, having spent much of his time trying to keep track of his son's progress at the other end of the shooting line!

But Sunday really was a day about two Dans. Huge congratulations must go to 8 year old Dan Sutherland, who not only won the Junior Gents Compound Metric 5, but also had the highest score of ALL the archers taking part (Juniors and Adults), with a whopping 1333 out of a possible 1440. (49% of his arrows scored X or 10) An incredible achievement, well done Dan.

And last but not least, Dan Mitchell, already riding high on his success on Saturday, romped home with a resounding win in the Gents Recurve, the Gents two day combined, a Bronze team medal, and the SCAA Gents Recurve Championship medal.

Congratulations to all on a superb performance.

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Sir Thomas Wyatt Tournament 2019

Tuesday, 25 June 2019 14:29

On Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd of June, Allington Castle Archers hosted a double York/Hereford weekend.

Around 40 archers shot on the Saturday, with a few more joining on Sunday.

With the sun shining, and a slight breeze, Dan Mitchell won gold and scored a PB of 953 on the Saturday. Sunday was overcast and less breezy, giving Dan great conditions to smash his PB from the previous day, and take the gold again, with a score of 1035. He can claim for his Blue (1000 points) Rose award with that score. Dan was then awarded a plaque for winning the overall double round. The plaque records the winners of the tournament all the way back to 1984!

Dan also won some toffees and a chilli plant in the raffle!

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Sunburn League 2019 - Round 2

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 13:56

Despite the inclement conditions of the Great British summer a dozen archers turned out for round two of this season’s “sunburn” competition. The leader board currently looks as follows:

Long Metric

Trevor Little


Long Metric I

Paul Murray


Long Metric II

Ron Wingrove


Long Metric III

Vic Addis


Long Metric IV

Bryn Davis


The league secretary has promised to try harder to arrange for better weather for round three, which will be held on Sunday, 28 July.

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