In early November, the University of Birmingham Archery Club (UBAC) travelled to Nottingham to get the 2019/20 indoor season underway with a successful start at the BUTTS Non-recurve Championships. Nine archers from Birmingham competed successfully in 6 different categories, all shooting a different bow-style to the recurve style shot at the Olympics.
The day started with the ranking Portsmouth round, in which all archers shoot 60 arrows that (if they hit the target) are scored between 1 and 10, allowing a maximum score of 600. This round was very successful for our archers with Rebekah Tipping taking 1st place in Lady Compound with a big score of 559, despite it being her secondary discipline! Kai Cieplinski also ranked 1st in Gent Longbow with an impressive score of 249.
In the Gent Compound, Christopher Guerin placed 3rd scoring a solid 575 and Rehaan Cheema came in 8th (with 534). In the Gent Barebow, there were strong finishes from Tom Walker in 3rd (scoring 486), Luke Smith in 5th (with 453) and Callum Platt in 6th (with 449). Pam Quilang also took 2nd in Lady Longbow (with a score of 135).
Perhaps the most impressive performance of the day came from Amelia Elgey in the Lady Barebow, who due to being unable to shoot 2/3 of the Portsmouth ranking round, seeded last in 9th place with a score of 157. This put her under immense pressure and gave her a difficult route through the following Head to Head round (in which each archer shoots three arrows against an opponent for a minimum of three rounds). Despite this pressure, Amelia managed to successfully navigate all of her matches to make it to the final. After a tense battle here she managed to emerge victorious and bring home the gold medal!
Christopher Guerin and Kai Cieplinski also battled their way to gold medals, while Pam Quilang took 2nd and Tom Walker took bronze. Unfortunately, due to an equipment failure, Rebekah Tipping was unable to compete in the Head to Head round.
Overall the team performed extremely well and took silver with the combination of their longbow, compound and barebow scores. It is a fantastic start to the Indoor season for UBAC and they hope that they can do even better throughout the year!
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