Deb Wright of Pemberton Maid Marions was invited to the Royal Toxophilite Society Fletchers Day for Archers with a Disability on 12th May.
Deb won her category of Visual Impaired Recurve, scoring 744 for the Burntwood Albion round. She was awarded a hand made box and pen, made by the previous master of the fletchers, from English Cherry wood.
Funding has been approved this year to help with monthly coaching sessions to be held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium from October through to March.
Deb retained her National Indoor title for Visually Impaired Open Recurve, with British Blind Sport. She has held this title since 2016.
She also defended her National Outdoor title with British Blind Sport in September at lilleshall, having held this since 2015. On the same weekend in September Deb will be competing in the National Disabled Championships at lilleshall, where she placed 2nd in 2018 & 1st place in 2017.
Every year the Royal Toxophilite Society hosts an invitational shoot, where archers are invited to represent either The Worshipful Company of Bowyers or The Worshipful Company of Fletchers.
Simon Wright of Wellingborough Open Archery Club was one of the Northamptonshire archers invited. Here’s his short report from the day.
“We received an invite quite some time ago, having been put forward by our team Captain Martin Ross to the Bowyers Prize Day, so not really knowing what to expect both myself and Bob Kaminski duly arrived at 9am in Burnham. Also present where Shahram Montasser from Kettering, Jeremy Beasley and Jennifer Ives from Banbury.
The venue was fantastic, very secluded surrounded by trees. The round we shot was a York. We all started precedings with tea on the lawn against the backdrop of their very ornate clubhouse.
With the company of archers from surrounding counties some had come from Devon! We shot the 1st distance and where all treated to sherry followed by a lavish lunch. We shot the York tox rules! we are still not sure what those are! Members of the Bowyers Association came round during the shoot to view proceedings they had very kindly sponsored the whole day. At the end of the day we had the prize giving and were treated to cakes and scones and tea!
I have to say it was a fantastic day and we where made to feel most welcome. Really was a fantastic day that will stick in my mind for a long time to come.”
Also just so there is clarification the only part I have to play within this is outlined in the below.
‘Since it is the wish of the Companies that a selection of the best archers in the country should compete for their Prizes I would be most grateful if you could assist me by sending me the names and email addresses of the top six ladies, top six gentlemen and the top disabled archers in your county shooting recurve and compound style bows during 2014.’
I will pass details on to the organisers of this event and they will in turn contact the archers directly, I thought I should let you know so you will all be aware that the mail isn’t a junk mail, spam..
In the past we as a county or as my role as County captain have not been approached to put names forward, this has only started to happen recently, before this was carried out by EMAS so I hope some of you are asked to represent the county previous archers who have attended enjoyed the event.
Good luck and please let me know if you have been asked, as Im trying to get you all an invite at some point.