St. Dunstans Archery Club

Review 2005

picture of David Poyner.

Review 2005

In November David Poyner and Terry Ottewell were invited to Stoke Mandeville to take part in a GNAS squad development weekend for disabled archers.

In November St. Dunstans lost at Norwich to Taverham and Thorpe Park Juniors. Our team was Clive Jones, David Poyner, Marjorie Scott and Nigel Whitely. David and Marjorie won handicap medals in their respective categories.

In September Terry went to Italy to take part in a demonstration event for the IPC (International Paralympic Committee). At a meeting held later the IPC have agreed to accept Visually Impaired archery as a sport at future IPC events. However there will only be one category at the moment, which is blindfold.

At the British Blind Sport outdoor national championships at Lilleshall St. Dunstans did well, in spite of the poor weather conditions. Two firsts, four seconds and three thirds. Well done to all, in particular Peter Hammond and David Poyner for winning their respective categories.

The August week had fantastic weather. There were three shoots against local clubs. Hellingly turned up to shoot a Burntwood VIIR and were beaten by 34 points. A three way shoot against Newhaven and Ditchling was shot and St. Dunstans came second. Newhaven took first place. Again some club records were broken with Peter Hammond again putting in a fantastic score for the vIIR. The club champions were Steve Moseley, David Poyner and Peter Hammond. The Derek Hagger knockout cup was presented for the first time and was won by Steve.

During the outdoor season many St. Dunstans' archers shot at sighted tournaments throughout the country visiting many new venues.

In the June week once again we hosted the shoot against the armed forces. Unfortunately the RN did not have a team but the shoot went well and St. Dunstans won the three way shoot against the RAF and army. Major W. Legassic also agreed to become our club president. Taverham turned up to shoot a St. Nicholas which St. Dunstans narrowly won. During the week many club records were broken and Terry Ottewell shot a six gold end, the first tactile archer to achieve this feat for some time.

At the British Blind Sport archery national Indoors St. Dunstans archers did exceptionally well. We came away with 5 firsts,1 second, 2 thirds and 2 fourths. Congratulations to Tony, Peter, Terry and David for winning their categories.

The indoor archery week went well. Peter Hammond a totally blind archer shooting over 420 for a Portsmouth, not once but twice. St. Dunstans shot against Ditchling and won by a narrow margin.

Three archers went to Italy to shoot for Great Britain in an international shoot. Steve and Nigel came first in their respective categories and Dave came second. In all, the GB squad took five archers and had three firsts and two seconds.

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