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Wet BUCS Outdoor Archery doesn’t dampen student spirits! 14/06/2016

The British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championships returned to a very wet Lilleshall this weekend with some record-breaking performances from students across the country.

BUCS points were available on the Saturday for the World Archery 1440 round (144 arrows at 4 different distances) for experienced archers. Novices, deemed to be those who have not held insurance with an Archery Governing Body and who have commenced shooting in the current academic year (deemed to start on 1st September), shot slightly shorter rounds and are not eligible for BUCS points. On the Sunday, no BUCS points were available but all archers shot a World Archery 720 ranking round (72 arrows at one distance) before individual head to heads.

On the Saturday, Tom Hall (Warwick) broke the BUCS record with 1283 and won the gold to add to his BUCS Indoor title from earlier this year. Rebekah Tipping (Birmingham) improved on her silver from the indoors to shoot 1236 and take the gold in the women’s event by 10 points. This has been a long time coming for Rebekah, as she said “this is my 5th year of student archery and my 9th BUCS, I have a few bronze and silver medals but it is amazing to finally come away with gold! It proves that all the extra work I've put into shooting this year has been worth it”.

However, neither Rebekah nor Tom could guide their teams up to the gold medal positions in the non-compound events. The team honours went to Edinburgh (Guy Matzkin, Vlado Hurban, Roy Hotrabhvanon) ahead of Warwick and Loughborough in the men’s event and Warwick (Madeleine Meatyard, Emma Davis, Caz Evans) in the women’s, beating Edinburgh and Birmingham. Tom Hall praised the efforts of his team saying I couldn't be prouder of my compatriots James Jeffs, Jorge Lindley and Enrik Nako, locked in an epic battle for gold against Edinburgh the whole day we all gave it maximum effort and although this time it was not to be its been a team that's achieved incredible things in the last two years. Hard work pays off."

Edinburgh had a good day in the compound events too, as European champion Sarah Prieels smashed the BUCS record with 1386 to win the women’s gold. Her team mate Harrison Ooi added two points onto the men’s record and together they were unbeatable in the team compound event. They led Warwick in second by 100 points, who pipped Sheffield Hallam into third.

The longbow titles both went back to Wales with Alex Newnes of Aberystwyth and Emily Williams of South Wales. This was Emily’s 3rd straight BUCS Outdoors title in a row and she can now count 6 gold medals from the last 6 years of university competition!

Competition in the barebow categories this year was fierce. All finishers in the men’s event this year would have won last year with their score. However there can only be one winner and this year Jon Gordon (Swansea) took the honours, while Jennifer Mankin (Sussex) put in a sterling performance to win the women’s event.

Loughborough had a strong team of novices at BUCS Outdoors and they claimed both the recurve titles and the team one too! James Lamprecht and Georgie Jones held off the some stiff competition to win the men’s and women’s recurve titles and Hesan Wignaragah supported them so Loughborough took home the novice title for the first time. They beat Birmingham and last year’s winners Southampton into second and third respectively.

In other novice results, Tom Reed (Southampton) shot a new BUCS record to claim the compound gold as Imogen Rees (Swansea) shot well to win the women’s competition. Anna Blanchard (Bath) and Willie Usher Smith (Liverpool) took the barebow honours.

Sunday’s recurve head to heads followed similar patterns to the Saturday, with Tom Hall and Rebekah Tipping both winning once more with excellent performances in pouring rain and gusty wind. Harrison Ooi also won the mixed gender compound event, beating Rebecca Blewett (Nottingham) in the final. Emily Williams triumphed in the final of the mixed longbow head to head and 2nd seed Faheem Mirza (Warwick) shot well to win the barebow equivalent.

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Full results can be found here.

Report written by David Williams, Communications Advisor for the BUCS Archery Advisory Group.

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Nick Burley
Event Coordinator

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