More Achievements for Deb Wright

More Achievements for Deb Wright

“I am pleased to let you know that I successfully defended both of my outdoor titles in September at Lilleshall and broke my personal bests and own National records.

On Saturday 10th September both Myself and Caroline Malcolmson from WOAC Wellingborough Open Archery Club, attended the National Disabled Championships. We both got our rankings in the morning and shot our head-to-head matches in the afternoon.

Caroline won Silver in her category of Womens Compound and I won Gold in my category of VI Unclassified Recurve (also known as VI Open category).

On Sunday 11th September British Blind Sport held their National Outdoor Championships, we had a delayed start due to very heavy fog, when we first got on the field you could only just see the targets at 30 metres. For range safety, we had to wait an hour for the fog to lift sufficiently so the judges and spotters could see the overshoot area.

I have defended my National Outdoor title successfully with British Blind Sport since 2015, when I obtained this title within my first 7 months of becoming certified as a competent Archer following my beginners course.

I also attended the NCAS County & Open Championships the weekend after on Sunday 18th September where I was presented with a gold medal for the VI Open category. I broke my own national record and personal best from the weekend before.

I have made it my mission this year to continually improve and beat my own personal bests, county, regional and national records and have improved on almost every shot I have attended during this year’s outdoor season.

I have been awarded part funding from the Worshipful Company of Fletchers to attend the British Blind Sport coaching session at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in January and March 2023 and am very grateful to have the continued support of the Worshipful Company of Fletchers to enable me to do this.

I am looking forward to the up coming Indoor season and beating by own personal bests. Development of my archery and continual improvement is so rewarding for me, it helps my mental health a great deal and gives me the drive and determination to tackle all head on.”

Deb Wright
Wellingborough Open Archery Club


Archery GB’s New ‘Boost Archery’ Funding Scheme

Archery GB’s New ‘Boost Archery’ Funding Scheme

Wellingborough Open Archery Club (WOAC) would like to tell the Northants archery community about Boost Archery. This is a program being run by ArcheryGB nationally, to improve and encourage the uptake of our sport, especially at the junior level. It is open to all affiliated clubs and details can be found on the ArcheryGB website.

WOAC has a thriving junior ‘Colts’ Section with two designated coaches and over twenty enthusiastic juniors. Our lead junior coach applied for Boost funding which involved completing a short application form (two pages I believe) stating that we wished to introduce our Colts – at an early stage – to the different forms of archery and encourage different bow types in competitions. We subsequently received funding to the tune of £350 which has enabled us to purchase a compound, a longbow and two American Flatbows just for the use of the juniors in the Club. Up until now, while the club had these bow types available they were too powerful for junior use, but now they have their own and training has begun.

This is something all our County clubs have the potential to do and WOAC would like the clubs to be make aware of the scheme.

Details of the scheme can be found here

John Marshall
WOAC Club Chairman