Congratulations to Susan Corless of Northampton Archery Club for becoming Northamptonshire Local Sportswoman of the Year 2018. She has won the award for the second year running. This follows on from winning the award for Northampton Local Sportswoman of the Year just last month.
Well done also to Jack Sharpe from Wellingborough OAC, who was shortlisted for Disabled Sportsperson of the Year. Unfortunately he didn’t win the overall award, but it’s really great to have had two county archers in the running for these local awards.
Congratulations to Susan Corless of Northampton Archery Club, for winning Northampton Local Sportswoman of the Year 2018 for the second year running. Susan accepted the award as part of the local awards evening 17th October 2018. She is also once again short listed for Northamptonshire Awards on 8th November.
“In April earlier this year I attended the British Blind Sport National Indoor Championships at Lilleshall where I retained my National Indoor title with the British Blind Sport for VI Open recurve. I have held this title since 2016.
In June I also attended the 2nd year of the National Disability Championships at Lilleshall sponsored by The Worshipful Company of Fletchers (who have heavily invested in both sponsorship and promoting disabled archery) where I came 2nd in my Category of VI Open. Last year I came 1st. This is the only event I shoot at, where compound and recurve archers shoot against each other in the same sight categories.
I also attended the British Blind Sport National Outdoor Championships at Lilleshall the 1st weekend in September to defend my National Outdoor title in the VI open category for recurve.
I am pleased to report I retained my National Outdoor title. I have held since i started target archery in 2015.
I am a Visually Impaired Archer who has shot recurve since 2015, I shoot regularly with my club Pemberton Maid Marions and also practise with my local club Archers of Raunds.
It still fills me with happiness every time I pick up my bow, whether it be in practice or competition, and still have the same excitement for the sport as I had on my first taster session.
This sport is accessible to every person and I would urge you to give it a try and maybe find a sport you love, like i do.
May all your arrows fly straight and true.”
NCAS would like to congratulate former long time county archer James Mason for what’s been a fantastic year.
In August James was part of the three man Great Britain Men’s Compound Team, along with Neil Bridgewater, and Adam Ravenscroft, who won the gold medal at the European Archery Championships in Legnica, Poland. They came through a dramatic final against France to win by a single point. James shot extremely well throughout the finals, as many watched it all unfold live on the BBC Sport website.
On top of that, in September James also won his first Archery GB National Tour Grand Final at Lilleshall. Beating two-time winner Chris White in the Semi’s to face another two-time winner, GB team mate and fellow European gold medalist, Neil Bridgewater in the final. James took the title with a 147-144 win.
Here’s a list of her key achievements from September 2016:
• Member of National Squad 2017/2018
• Northamptonshire Local Sportswoman of the Year 2017
• Northampton Local Sportswoman of the Year 2017
• Represented Great Britain at the 2017 World Championships in Mexico
• ArcheryGB National Series Finalist – September 2017– Finished 4th
• Represented England at Home Nations Event – August 2017 – 1st place team
• ArcheryGB National Series Leg 3 – July 2017 – 1st Place
• Represented England at Commonwealth Euronations Event – July 2017 – 1st place team, 3rd place individual
• Represented GB at World Ranking Event Veronica’s Cup in Slovenia – May 2017 – Finished 3rd
• British National Indoor – December 2016 – 1st Place (Crowned British Indoor Champion 2016)
• ArcheryGB National Series Finalist – September 2016 – Finished 4th
• ArcheryGB National Series Leg 4 – July 2016 – 1st Place