Outdoor Archery Season, 1996
This was a disappointing season overall. My shooting was very consistent, but
was not at the score levels I was expecting. The season was cut short at the
beginning of August by pressure of work, which meant that I could not renew my
Grand Master Bowman status of the previous year. The only consolation was being
selected for a trip to France with the
British International 'B' Team.
key for an explanation of the columns:
I only shot Fitas this year, all of which were over 1200.
Dist Hits Golds Score Low High S. Dev. Num
90m 35.94 3.18 276.65 261 294 9.4616 17
70m 35.94 6.76 306.76 299 318 5.3636 17
50m 36.00 7.24 307.24 294 317 6.5307 17
30m 36.00 19.00 339.82 321 347 6.5551 17
All 143.88 36.12 1230.47 1205 1249 13.9500 17
- California Cup, 29th-31st March
- A poor start to the season, caused mainly by over-expectation, but also
by a sore neck. I came eighth in the qualifying Fita, but went
out in the first round of the eliminations, after a single arrow
shoot-off. I enjoyed the weekend for all that, and met quite a few of the
The weather was warm and sunny, with a light-moderate tail wind. I took some
interesting photographs at the
- Builth Wells, 14th April
- Fourth. This was the second time I'd come to this competition,
and the second time I won the Lady Paramount's Prize. The weather wasn't
as bad as expected, there was a cold breeze from behind and some rain
during the day, but the weather forecast had threatened snow.
- Wolverhampton, 28th April
- 90m award. After a good start which took me to within three
points of the leader, tiredness and lack of concentration took over and I
shot a couple of dreadful distances for the 70m and 50m. The 30m recovered
a bit, after I stopped caring what happened.
- Lilleshall, 4th-5th May
- Sixth. Poor
motivation and a bad night's sleep took their toll on Saturday, with a
poor performance. The weather wasn't particularily good either, with a
cold headwind, which veered from side to side quite often. Some tuning and
form work with the British squad coaches on Saturday night improved the
shooting on Sunday. Even then it was only at the 50m distance before the
benefits previous night's work started to show.
- Timperley, 11th-12th May
- First. A light but variable breeze made conditions quite tricky,
and I got very frustrated because I was nearly, but not quite, shooting
very well. Every time I caught the leaders up, I would shoot a bad end and
drop back a few points. I finally kept my nerve to win with a 118 last dozen,
whilst the previous first and second place archers got tired and shot poorly.
- Colchester, 25th-26th May
- Second, and 70m award. A good result, in difficult
conditions. On the second day I had my first miss of the year, which
dropped me to third place, but I pulled back up at 50m and 30m to take a
comfortable second. The weather wasn't as bad as the previous year, but
some heavy showers and a blustery wind which kept changing direction
didn't make it easy.
- Nîmes, 1st-2nd June
- Second team. This was my first trip with a British international
team. I didn't perform up to my own expectations, but still shot around
my average for the year. The weather was fine for the first day, with a
changeable breeze which could only be detected by looking at the flagpoles
at one side of the field. The head-to-head rounds on the second day were
shot in pouring rain; I performed much better under the stress than
previously, winning my first round comfortably, but lost the second round
narrowly after a wayward shot on the last end.
The team performed well overall, with Kim Copson and Debra O'Connor
taking first and seventh places in the ladies recurve, Matthew Gray
taking seventh gent recurve, Maryann Richardson taking fourth lady
compound, and Simon Tarplee and Bernie Dicks taking fourth and fifth in
the gents compound. Claire Trenamen set a new European record for junior
ladies compound 70 metres with 319, and a new British record for the
junior ladies compound long metric. The gents compound and ladies
recurve teams came first, and the ladies compound and gents recurve
teams came second.
- U.K. Masters, 8th-9th June
- The weather started off with thunderstorms and half-inch diameter
hailstones on Friday night, giving way to a hot weekend with a tricky
light breeze that increased during the shoot-offs on Sunday. I started
out very well, but slipped back after a shot at 70m rode onto the top of
the pressure button just as I released, and missed the target. I ended up
around my average, and was eighth in the Fita on Saturday.
Strangely, the Fita was not used to seed the shoot-offs on Sunday,
instead a Fita 480 round (4 dozen at 70m) was shot on Sunday morning. I
came fourth in the seeding round, and made it through the first
pass of the Olympic Round easily, but was knocked out in the second pass
after I shot very poorly. I was in good company; only one of the
top four seeds made it to the last four, and he (Britain's top male
archer, Steve Hallard) had a very poor semi-final to be put out
by the top junior archer, Jeff Bond.
- Euronations, 15th-16th June
- Second team. The weekend was sunny and hot, but with a slight
breeze which increased throughout the weekend, to be quite blustery on
Sunday afternoon. I was feeling weak, and had great trouble with the
timing and line of my shot. On both days I started out strongly, coming
close to beating the Scottish record at 90m, but shot very poorly for the
rest of both days, with my worst scores at 30m all year, and some very
poor 50m and 70m scores. For all that, I came third on the first
day, and probably fifth on the second day. I was annoyed at
shooting so badly, since we came within 7 points of beating the English
gents team, which would have been the first time they hadn't won since
they re-entered the Euronations tournament.
- Banchory, 13th-14th July
- Second. Unexpected hot sunshine and a changeable breeze,
combined with several weeks' break from archery made this my worst double
Fita of the year (so far). I was still encouraged by it because my shot
felt better than it had done for a while.
- Scottish Championships, 3rd-4th August
- About sixth, and 70m award. This was a great
disappointment; I was never close to first place, which was taken by
Simon Needham with a new Scottish double Fita
my existing record by five points. I was in contention for second place
until a disasterous 30m on the first day. Frustration at not being able
to shoot nice shots contributed greatly to this disaster, and pressure of
work meant that I knew this would be my last competition for a while, so
I was trying harder to succeed.
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