With just one round to go of the FITA World Cup campaign, Great Britain remains on course to have six archers taking place at next month’s gala Grand Final in Edinburgh.
Despite picking up just five points for reaching the last 16 in round three, at Ogden, USA, Nicky Hunt, Commonwealth Games England Team, remains in second place in the overall standings of women’s compound. A good performance in Shanghai at the start of next month will secure her a second successive appearance in the Grand Final.
And likewise Simon Terry in men’s recurve. Simon – a silver medallist at last year’s Grand Final in Copenhagen - also had to make do with five points for reaching the last 16. But his bronze medal in Porec keeps him in second place in the overall standings, though he too needs a high placing in Shanghai to be assured of automactic qualification.
If Nicky and Simon make it as automatic qualifiers, it means that Britain will have two archers in men’s recurve and women’s compound at Edinburgh. As host nation, Britain has a guaranteed one representative in each division, plus an automatic qualifier.
And that means opportunity knocks in Shanghai for Dani Brown and Nichola Simpson, and for Alan Wills and Larry Godfrey.
In the women’s compound division, Andrea Gales is currently the best placed British archer after Nicky, with 16 points. But if Nichola or Dani secure a top four finish in Shanghai, then Andrea – who will not be travelling to China - will miss out on Edinburgh.
In the men’s recurve, Alan is the only other British archer to score World Cup points this year, thanks to a last 16 finish in Antalya. So if he matches Larry in Shanghai, then he will be Edinburgh bound.
Elsewhere, there is all to play for for the GB archers taking part in Shanghai.
Alison Williamson and Amy Oliver have both scored five World Cup points this season, but Alison has the advantage by virtue of more head-to-head wins. So the onus will be on Amy to do better than her team mate in Shanghai, but a good performance from Naomi Folkard could elevate her up the standings, and into the starting line-up for Edinburgh.
No British archer has scored points in this season’s men’s compound tournament, so Liam Grimwood, Chris White and Duncan Busby (all athletes for CGE), head to Shanghai knowing that a last 16 finish or more will secure them a place in the Edinburgh Grand Final.
Great Britian has won three individual gold medals, a silver and a
bronze at the European Para Archery Championships, in Vichy, France. It
means the GB team brings home 10 medals, after winning five in the team
events earlier in the week, so yet more success for archers in the English Commonwealth Games Team.
“It’s been a fantastic performance, and I’m very proud of everyone in
our squad,” said team manager Hazel Elliott. “We were confident we’d do
well during the week, but to end the event with a medal tally in double
figures is a truly amazing achievement.”
Danielle Brown, Kay Lucas and Paul Browne all won golds on the final day
of competition, with Pippa Britton a silver and John Stubbs a bronze.
Kate Murray came agonisingly close to adding a second bronze for
Britain, but missed out after a tie-break.
Danielle Brown, CGE athlete, pipped GB teammate Pippa to the top prize in the women’s compound final, coming out on tip 6-2.
Said Hazel: “Once again this proves how strong GB is in paralympic
archery. We have a great squad, who are all very focussed in their
determination to do well, and very supportive of each other. We’ve had a