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B.U.S.A.  Indoor Championships 2006

Having last hosted a British Universities Championship in 1999, Exeter university had once again put themselves forwards – saving the event with little time to spare as no other university had raised its head above the parapets. Judges Colin Holmes; David Moss and Andrew Chitty were led by John Poyner and kept extremely busy throughout the day as, with almost 400 entrants from 38 universities, this would be the biggest one day indoor shoot of the year. Exeter (ably aided by ACME) split the entrants into 3 sessions, shooting at 34 bosses. David Howell from Arrowhead UK (suppliers of the target faces) and Ken Bearman (WUC coach) were two of the visitors to the event, with Olympian and World Number 4 Larry Godfrey acting as Lord Paramount and BBC Devon taking an interest in proceedings.

Every year, I report that the standard of competition was very high. This year was no exception as 4 records were changed and one equalled.  In the recurve division, Tim Mundon (Edinburgh) won with a score of 588 - equalling the 10 year record set by Matt Gray. With another gold as well as silver for the ladies, and gold in novice gents’, Edinburgh unsurprisingly took the honours in the team event - breaking the 8 year record set by Loughborough.  This meant that, of the 6 possible records for compound and recurve archers (both indoor and outdoor), Tim Mundon became the current holder of 5 (and previous holder of the remaining) and took his tally of medals to 16 (12 gold) over 11 years.

Alex Lyne (Loughborough) showed breathtaking potential in his second year of archery - last year’s Novice Champion - took recurve bronze, while the new SMG Student Rep, Matthew Johnson (Cambridge), had a long and nerve-racking wait from his first round lead to eventually end with silver. The next three places were all tied on score and it was only the number of golds which separated them, and with 17 archers all scoring above 550 it was a well fought competition. 17 of the 80 gents novices shot over 500 at these championships.
Although not recognised for medals yet, a growing number of archers were keen to contest the barebow and longbow categories with a record number of archers shooting in these categories – 21 barebow and 8 longbow (and only a quarter from Wales!).

The compound gents competition was incredibly tough, with the top 10 breaking the 570 barrier and all three medal winners scoring over 580.  In the ladies’, Rebecca Gridley (Edinburgh) had made the transition from recurve to compound look easy as she was outright winner with 559.

As mentioned above, Matt Johnson is the new Student Rep, taking over from Andy Somers (Cambridge).  Andy had done an excellent job in the last few years, reviving and rejuvenating the university postal league amongst other things.

Exeter did a great job of hosting the Indoor – especially at such short notice.  If your university is interested in hosting the 2007 Indoor, please get your bid organised and sent in as soon as possible – the event came very close to being cancelled this year.
Recurve Gents:  Tim Mundon (Edinburgh) Record
Recurve Ladies:  Jenny Jeppsson (Edinburgh)
Compound Gents:  Justin Gibbs (Northampton)
Compound Ladies:  Rebecca Gridley (Edinburgh)
Barebow Gents:  Jim Smyth (Plymouth)
Barebow Ladies:  Sarah Gascoigne (Southampton) Record
Longbow Gents:  Iain Ogilvie (Exeter) 
Longbow Ladies:  Rachel Abbott (Oxford)

Novice Recurve Gent:  Denis Johnstone (Edinburgh) 
Novice Recurve Lady:  Katie Hoskins (Oxford)
Novice Compound Gent:  Rory McCullagh (Leeds)
Novice Barebow Gent:  Daffyydd Ceri (Bangor)
Novice Barebow Lady: Catherine Looser (Bradford) 
Novice Longbow Gent:  Matthew Parnell (Reading) Record
Novice Longbow Lady:  Zoe Smith (Reading) Record

Team:   Edinburgh Record      Novice Team:  Edinburgh

For the full results please click here

The 2006 BUSA Outdoor Archery Championships were held at Lilleshall National Sports Centre on Saturday 17 June. The Championships were hosted by Edinburgh Napier University and BUSA would like to thank them for their help in running the event.

For the results please click here

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