Young archers shine in top event

Lucy Hubbert and Amy Gardecki of Black Sheep Archers EMN-160706-145521002
Lucy Hubbert and Amy Gardecki of Black Sheep Archers EMN-160706-145521002

Thirteen-year-olds Amy Gardecki and Lucy Hubbert were among a large contingent of members from Black Sheep Archers of Revesby, who attended the National Field Archery Association’s national 3D championships.

The two-day event took place over the weekend of May 29 and 30 on courses laid around woodland in the grounds of Thoresby Hall in Nottinghamshire.

There were well over 600 competitors at the event, divided up into different shooting styles, age and sex categories.

Amy came first with 1,532 points in the under 16 junior girls category for unlimited compound bows (for archers with sights fitted).

Lucy gained silver for coming second with 1,102 points in the under 16 junior girls barebow section for unsighted recurve bow archers using metal arrows.

Put to the test in challenging conditions, contestants competed over two days, taking on a different course each day designed to test the abilities of the archers.

Field archery involves shooting in a wood at 3D foam animals set out in natural settings at unknown distances.

The skill of the archer is to judge that distance and to identify the kill spot on the animal, which is where you should aim to place your arrow.

Field archery differs from target archery as it is generally conducted in small groups who follow a pre-laid course around the woods, shooting at the targets from a peg.

These pegs are placed so as to make the shot challenging for the archer, who may have to shoot around the natural obstacles of the wooded environment.

Archers can use a wide range of bows and styles to shoot ‘field’, from traditional wooden bows, American flat bows and target style recurve bows, through to modern compound bows, and in some cases the use of a sight on your bow is permitted.

In order to ensure a fair competition, archers are divided into groups based on the style they shoot, so you only compete with archers who are shooting a similar bow to yourself.