Archers hit top spot

PUBLISHED: 16:46 24 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:21 10 June 2010

Archers hit top spot

Archers hit top spot

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THREE members of the Exmouth Archers Junior Club were part of the Devon and Cornwall Junior quartet who won the Price Hughes Cup, beating 24 other counties in the The National Junior Archery Championships, held at the National Sports Centre, Lillishall.

THREE members of the Exmouth Archers Junior Club were part of the Devon and Cornwall Junior quartet who won the Price Hughes Cup, beating 24 other counties in the The National Junior Archery Championships, held at the National Sports Centre, Lillishall. The winning team was made up of the three Exmouth archers, Anthony Wood, Catherine Howard and James Montgomery, together with Michael Harris of Brixham Archers.There was also individual glory for young Wood, as he claimed two individual national titles whilst Catherine Harwood won silver in her age group and another Exmouth archer, Ryan Oliver, shot a personal best during the event. Wood and Howard also won a gold medal in the regional team event to crown a fabulous weekend of competition for the young archers.Prior to those National Finals, the club had sent members to the Grand Western Regional Junior Championships at Burnham-On-Sea and all four of the Exmouth competitors achieved top three finishes in their respective age groups. In conditions that made archery very difficult, there was a strong cross wind blowing, the youngsters all did exceptionally well to combine steady nerve with consistent accuracy.Anthony Wood took the top honours, finishing 1st in the Under-16 Recurve whilst James Montgomery was 3rd in the Under-16 Compound event. Ben Glover finished second and Ryan Oliver 3rd in the Under-14 Recurve event.Exmouth also won the Coventry Team Trophy for the second year in succession, with Anthony Wood, James Montgomery and Ryan Oliver making up the victorious team. Both Montgomery and Wood are in the under-16 age group whilst Oliver is even younger - he is in the under-14 category. Montgomery's introduction to the sport was via the trio's current coach, John Russell, who was origionally a younger Montgomery's Cub Scout Leader. Glen Montgomery, James's father, takes up the story: "It was a cub outing that became James's first taste of the sport and you could see that he was 'an immediate convert'. Now most evenings he and the other lads can be found practising."That practice takes place at the archers headquarters in Withycombe Village Road, and as Montgomery Snr says, practice is the all important feature: "Refining technique is a major requirement for archers and they simply need to spend hours of practice, but it is a wonderful sport and I know the youngsters get a great deal of pleasure out of it. John (Russell) is a splendid coach and he has helped James tremendously."As with all sports there is a 'pinnacle', in archery the highest accolade being Grand Master Bowman and it is to that honour that the Exmouth trio of youngsters, and all other up and coming archers, aspire too.There are also International honours to be had and Anthony Wood will be with the Great Britain archers for the World Championships which are being held in Turkey in October.The Exmouth seniors have also been enjoying a successful summer of competition. A large group were at the Grand Western Regional Senior Championship held in the magnificent surroundings of Dunster Castle, where both Tim Pratt and Steve Glover won individual medals. Pratt's results were: ALBION (Gents Recurve) - 1st, FITA (Gents Recurve) - 2nd, WESTERN (Gents Recurve) - 2nd and DOUBLE YORK (Gents Recurve) - 3rd. Glover's results were: DOUBLE TWO WAY CLOUT (Gents Recurve) - 2nd and FIELD ROUND (Gents Compound) - 4th. Phil Carder also shot well to achieve some personal best scores in the compound division.

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