Wow what a result!Shropshire Archery Juniors became West Midland Archery Champions for the third year running.Shropshire hosted the competition this year at the Audco Archers shooting ground in Newport where teams from Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire all competed for the WMAS Annual Challenge Cup.The archers shooting 12 dozen arrows consisting of 3 dozen arrows at 4 different distances according to age.Two years ago Shropshire won at Worcestershire last year at Warwickshire and now on home soil, we are becoming the team to beat.The team has archers from 9 years of age through to 17 years all shooting distanced according to their age.They all represented Shropshire their clubs and their families brilliantly and should be very proud of themselves, i certainly am as team manager.We are losing a few archers this year because of age and i wish them well shooting in the senior ranks now.We welcomed several new members this year and they all mixed well and performed brilliantly.The weather was lovely and sunny with a tricky wind but everybody shot well .Regards Ray
On 21st July the competition between EMAS V WMAS was held at Welbeck Nottingham.
Lauren Rawlings Joe Becker and James Beckett represented Shropshire in the seniors and of the 12 juniors in the competition Shropshire supplied 10 archers: Violet Walker, Katie Tonkinson, Leah Ferriday,Jess Hulse,Robbie Gillman,Lewis Bodkin,Finlay Scott, Katie Mundy-Gill,Toby Wiggin and Tom Wiggin.
Unfortunately the WMAS team lost but there were some individual medals won.
This is a credit to the coaching that the clubs do and the practice and enthusiasm of the juniors.
Having won the Inter-county Shoot the last two years has shown that Shropshire are shooting as a team and to have 10 out of 12 at a Regional shoot is wonderful. The Heritage shoots bring them all together as a group by seeing one another regularly. This was so noticeable at the Junior Regional Inter-county shoot where other archers who are just as proud to represent their County just wander back to their tent and Shropshire were doing high fives supporting and generally interacting as a team. It was noticed and commented on by other Team Managers, long may that continue.
Penny Healey and her team mate Thomas Susca
Who together won the team GOLD medal
at the European Junior cup in Slovenia
Nine Junior Archers gathered at Eaton Manor to take part in the start of this year’s junior squad training. It was quite a good turnout but anybody who missed this day is welcome to come along next time. This year all the archers are going to have personal coaches and mainly do their individual development work with their personal coach. Time was spent at the beginning of the session in talking to the archers, their parents and the coaches who were there to try and match archers to coaches. Going forward, on squad session days we will focus on preparation for competition, team shooting and dealing with development issues where the archer’s personal coach would like a second opinion.
We spent some time talking about the need to do some regular shooting or training every day. Archers who do not put some effort into their sport by training regularly and practising with a clear purpose in mind will make limited progress. Therefore we talked about how each archer could fit this into their normal day. The overall message was do what you can and little and often is much better than a long session every week or two. It was recommended that archers should try and shoot at least 3 times a week and on the days they cannot shoot do something else archery related.
We had a run through of the theraband training exercises which are shown on the attached sheet. These are exercises that are used by the Romanian National Archery Development Squad. If done properly they train both stamina and strength. They also help strengthen the rotator cuff muscles which are important in shooting and need to be protected from injury. Because they are low impact exercises they are also safe for younger athletes to do on a regular basis. Adults are welcome to try the exercises as well. As the body gets used to the resistance of the theraband you are using either increase the number of repetitions or better still increase the resistance by using a stronger band.
The next squad session will take place in January. There will be a charge of £5.00 a head for this session to pay for the venue hire. I am looking to book the venue over the next few days and then I will post the dates on the website.
Shropshire Junior Archery
Recently 15 Shropshire Junior Archers competed in the West Midland Archery Society Regional intercounty Shoot at King Edward V1 School in Handsworth Birmingham.
Shropshire won the competition and retained the trophy beating teams from Warwickshire-Staffordshire-Worcestershire and Herefordshire all the squad of 15 shot well but at the end only the top 8 scores made the team to lift the trophy.
The shoot also incorporated WMAS v East Midland AS which WMAS won having 4 Shropshire archers in their team.
The Shropshire team consisted of archers aged from 10 years to 17 years and all of them represented the County their clubs and the Sport brilliantly wearing their shirts with pride.
The squad :
Rhian Costall, Megan Costall, Leah Ferriday, Nathan Ferriday, Jessica Hulse, Katie Tonkinson, Lauren Rawlings, Luke Yates, Penny Healey, Robbie Gillman, Toby Wiggin, Tom Wiggin, Katie Mundy-Gill, Violet Walker and Lewis Bodkin.
If you are interested in trying archery go to the Shropshire Archery Society web site and you will find details of all the clubs in Shropshire. The sport caters for all abilities and ages and all the clubs have a junior section.
Shropshire Junior Team Manager
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