Absolutely fantastic – NAC Archer Kerys Knight – representing the UK at the Invictus Games this year – won a Gold in the women’s compound finals at Toronto on Friday 29th September. Kerys beat US archer Kyle Burnett (silver) and Canada’s Bettina Fuchs (bronze). Later the same day she joined up with Olaf Jones and Chris McFadyen in the Team compound and took a bronze, the UK being pipped by the USA (silver) and Romania (gold). Kerys also won a bronze in the women’s lightweight powerlifting held on Monday 25th, being beaten by Australia (silver) and USA (gold). Kerys has served her country well and done the UK, Northamptonshire and NAC proud. What a brilliant achievement.Well done Kerys. Her Invictus record can be found here.
Susan Corless of NAC has been selected to represent Great Britain at the World Archery Championships being held in Mexico 16th to 22nd October 2017. Susan has been shooting for just 6 years, and in fact only 3 years in the Compound category. James Mason, also a former member of NAC, has also been selected.
We wish Susan, James and the whole GB squad all the best. The full team can be found at:
Well done to all who shot in the Interclub Challenge, run outdoors this season between four clubs in the County. Northampton AC came third overall, and it was great to see archers shooting rounds they had never tried before. 22 archers from NAC took part.
After the American round (Round 1) at Wellingborough we were down in 4th place, behind the leaders, Long Buckby AC, with Wellingborough OAC 2nd and Kettering AC in 3rd. Mick Lovell was our top scorer with 646, coming 3rd overall behind two Compound archers, so great shooting from Mick.
The Field shoot at Daventry (Round 2) was hosted by LBAC. Here we did a lot better and came first with 260 points in front of LBAC, with KAC in 3rd and WOAC in 4th. This raised us to 3rd overall, only 4 points behind 2nd place. Dave Quemby shot the highest score of the day with a 193.
The Clout, Round 3, saw NAC in 2nd place behind KAC, LBAC in 3rd and WOAC in 4th. This left us still in 3rd place overall – now 28 points behind second place, and 412 points behind first place. NAC’s young Hazel Dalley, showed up all the Northampton crew by shooting the highest score for the team with 103, which was 8th overall and maybe a county record. Excellent shooting Hazel.
In the final round – the Pope Young, at our home ground – Sywell, Northampton AC did well coming in 2nd – 253 points behind Kettering, the winners of this round. LBAC were in 3rd and WOAC in 4th. There was outstanding shoot from NAC’s top shooter for the day – Paul Walters with a score of 156 – 2nd overall by 2 points.
In the final reckoning the archers from Kettering shot extremely well and took the Top Spot by only 23 points, with the overall positions:
First – Kettering 6284, Second – Long Buckby 6261, Third – Northampton 6003 and Fourth – Wellingborough 5216, Congratulations to Kettering. It was an excellent series and everyone enjoyed the fun of the challenge. Look out for next years, hope you will enter again. Thanks to Dave Q for the write up.
NAC compound archer, Kerys Knight has been selected to represent the United Kingdom in the Invictus Games. The UK team announcement was made today – 30th May, and represents another great bit of news for both her and NAC. We must be proud of her. Kerys served in the Army and was discharged in 1991. She has nerve damage in her lower left leg and has to use crutches to help her walk, which has resulted in spinal and neck issues. Kerys has been selected in archery and powerlifting, and sees the Invictus Games as a way for her to progress in life. “I was devastated when my Army career was cut short due to injury during training. Since I was forced to give up my dream, I have always returned to the despair of never having fulfilled my passion to serve my country. Being a part of Invictus 2017 will give me a real purpose, which will help my self-esteem and self-worth, thereby improving my mental health; specifically my anxiety and depression. Representing my country is a goal I can focus and build on to pull forward other aspects of my life.” Visit the “Help for Heroes” Support Page. Photo and write up from “Help for Heroes”.
Well done to the NAC archers selected to represent the club at the first leg of the Inter Club Competition hosted by WOAC on Saturday 27th May. The NAC team was made up of David Quemby, Karen Rolfe, Bez Tabberner, George Bond, Callum Howes, Ian Howes, Mick Lovell, Frazer Cross, Paul Walters and Mark Dalley.
The round shot was an American which was 2.5 dozen at 60 yards, 50 yards and 40 yards. Whilst the day was warm and sunny it was incredibly windy so a massive well done for showing team spirit throughout!
The results remain a firm secret with the second leg being hosted by Long Buckby Archery Club on 18th June which will be a 16 Target Field shoot. Dave Quemby will be in touch regarding the team soon. (thanks to Susan for the write-up and Simon Wright for the photo)