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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
On Saturday 22nd February 2020, Kent hosted a 4 Way Inter County Competition at Sittingbourne Community College. Archers from Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Essex congregated to undertake a Portsmouth Round, each County fielding a team of 4 archers in each of the bow styles Compound, Recurve, Barebow and Longbow.
Due to clashes with other Archery commitments the Sussex team was missing several of their regular members which meant that there were several new faces on the team. Having been encouraged by their Worthing Club mates to submit their Competition scores to the County Rankings officer, it was with much surprise and trepidation that Jen Diplock and Nicky McDowell accepted their invitations to join the County Team. Together with seasoned County team Pro Gavin Sutherland, Worthing Archery Club was well represented.
At the midway point, the Recurve quartet were placed 4th and the Compounders were placed 2nd, Gavin having obtained the highest individual compound score. The Sussex Longbow archers were 3rd with an individual 2nd place and the Barebow team 4th also with an individual 2nd place, meaning that the whole Sussex team finished in 3rd place overall.
Shooting alongside so many accomplished archers was quite awe inspiring, and maybe a little daunting, which despite their best efforts may have slightly affected Jen and Nicky on their debut performance, but as Jen said afterwards 'I met lots of nice people, got some good advice, and got a nice new Archery Shirt!'
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
As previously reported club member Bryony Pitman was nominated for the Platinum Publishing Group Young Sports Personality of the Year 2019. The award ceremony was held at the Hilton Brighton Metropole on the 22nd November and other nominees in the same category were Amber Anning (Athletics) and Charlie Lane (Snowboarding). We are both delighted and immensely proud to say that Bryony won and deservedly so!
Bryony really has had an incredible year not only winning the National Indoor Champion for the second year in a row but also second in the National Outdoor Championships, first in the National Tour and qualified for Olympic selection among many other awards.
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
After a long year of hard learning, over 24hr hours of supported coaching and a lot of support from our club members, other coaches and our families and friends… Paul and Isla have finally qualified as Level 2 Coaches! From the New Year they will try and be available on Sundays to help support you with your coaching.
It has been an ongoing battle for them to try and balance their home-life/their own shooting with coaching and they will always try and help members with any questions/issues they have. Please bear in mind that if they don’t have a coach shirt on they may be trying to squeeze in some shooting for themselves. However, it has been very rewarding to see the progress in their learners. If you would like some coaching or just some tips then do let them know. It will help if you have a think about short, medium and long-term goals before hand and they will then apply some of the knowledge they have learnt over the year.
The short list for this year’s Sussex Sports Awards were published on Wednesday, 23 October.
Congratulations to Bryony Pitman for being nominated for the Young Sports Personality of the year.
The winners will be announced on Friday, 22 November at the Hilton Brighton Metropole. The event will be hosted by Kriss Akabusi and radio presenter Danny Pike. If you are interested in attending tickets can be purchased here.
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.
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 www.thwac.co.uk
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.