A Successful Winter Season

2021-22 has seen a busy and successful winter season for South Wansdyke Archery Club.

In November the club presented a strong showing at the Somerset Country Archery Association (SCAA) Indoor Championships.  Clair Crook, placed 4th, was named SCAA Champion for ladies compound archery.  Clive Jarrett, 6th, was SCAA runner up for men’s recurve archery and as a result has been called up to County Level training for the first time.  Janet Ross was 3rd and SCAA runner up for ladies recurve.  Sophie Young and Harriet Crook were placed 1st overall and SCAA Champions at U18 and U16 respectively.  The Senior and Junior teams both crowned Indoor Champions.

At the 47th Grand Western Archery Society Indoor Championships, Clive Jarrett demonstrated composure to score 526 out of a possible 600 shooting at a 40cm target 18 metres away.  This ensured 6th place.

Harriet Crook and Sophie Young continued to attend Lilleshall National Sports Centre to participate in Archery GB’s National Age Group Academy.  This is part of the national performance pathway to identify, nurture and prepare athletes to realise their potential as Performance Archers.  Sophie also attends the Conversion Academy as a stepping stone for young archers into senior international competitors.  Harriet  gained the ArcheryGB recognised status of Junior Master Bowman – U16.

Throughout the winter the club has been competing in the Somerset County Postal Leagues, scores have been submitted by members who have completed a “Portsmouth” round (60cm target face at 18m distance) indoors and/or a “Frostbite” round (80cm target face at 30m distance) outdoors.  Teams comprise four senior or three junior archers.  In all, thirteen members submitted scores to contribute to the club’s final league position for each discipline.  South Wansdyke were crowned both Senior and Junior Champions in the indoor Portsmouth league with strong representation from Mark Smith, Andy Young, Sophie Young and Clive Jarrett for the Seniors and Sophie Young, Harriet Crook and Charlotte Whittle for the Juniors.  In the Frostbite League the Senior Team were placed 2nd overall and the Juniors 3rd.

During February and March the club hosted 12 beginners, aged between 8 and 60.  The clubs Archery GB qualified coaches developed the new archers skills.  A further beginner’s session will be held in the Autumn.  If you are interested, please visit our courses page on the website.

The club now looks forward to the summer outdoor season