Archery pair set Yorkshire records

Archer Tom Ketley receives his medal. (S)
Archer Tom Ketley receives his medal. (S)

ARCHERs Tom Ketley and Ben Daniel of St George’s Archery Club in Harrogate have just had confirmation of their recent Yorkshire record claims.

Yorkshire Archery Association has published an updated list of county records and Tom and Ben’s scores mean that members of the Harrogate club now hold a total of 21 county and two British records for clout archery.

Tom has had an exceptional first year in the sport culminating in September when he won the Northern Counties Championships.

Shooting barebow at 80 yards his scores of 67 for the single clout round and 120 for the double clout have been confirmed as new under 12 age group county records.

Shortly after this shoot Tom had his 12th birthday and moved up to the under 14 distance of 100 yards.

He has adapted brilliantly and made an excellent start at this new distance taking fourth place in the British Championships last month.

Ben, also in his first year of shooting, has had an equally impressive year. He took fourth place in St George’s own Open Clout in August and then the bronze medal at the Northern Counties Championships.

He went on to win the Durham and Northumberland Championships before rounding off the season by shooting superbly at the British Championships to take second place in the junior barebow category.

His scores there of 74 for the single clout and 123 for the double are now confirmed as new Yorkshire records.

Members of St George’s now have a short break from clout competitions before the friendly Brass Monkey Shoot with neighbours Thirsk Bowmen and The Company of Scorton Archers in January marks the start of the 2012 season.

Anyone interested in taking up archery can find full details on the club’s website: www.harrogate-archery.co.uk.

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