It was not the usual weekend when BowBenders Archery Club hosted its second National Field Archery Championships at its Kendal Sporting Clays range last Saturday and Sunday.
The weather ensured that the archers had a host of interesting and challenging conditions to test their abilities and patience to the limit. Six-foot deep ponds, soft, muddy conditions, intermittent showers, mugginess and insects buzzing around, were all there to test the most accomplished archer.
The competition featured twenty-four targets at varying locations. These were from ten metres hoisted up into a tree, thirty metres fixed to a raft in the middle of a pond or forty metres on the other side of a quagmire. One of the shooting positions was from the raft in the middle of the six-foot deep pond.
Six representatives from the Barbados Archery Association attended the shoot as well as seven from BowBenders Archery who gave a good account of themselves. While attendance numbers were not as high as had been hoped, everyone thoroughly enjoyed both days of the shoot, with several archers achieving their first medals in any form of competition.
The highly talented Brandon Fields won the gold medal in the men’s recurve with a 6-4 score against Andrew Caskie. Also snatching gold were Richard Morris in the men’s compound, while his wife Karen Morris took gold in the women’s equivalent. Luke Stanley copped silver in the cadet’s recurve while Georgina Lashley received a medal for competing in the junior recurve.
Caskie took the silver in his shoot-off with Fields while Rebecca Lashley won a silver medal in the women’s recurve. There were also medals for Purissia Goddard who gained the gold in the recurve and Cheryl Fitzpatrick-Payne who earned a bronze in the recurve. Gabriel Lashley received an award for participating in the cadet recurve while Erin Lashley copped gold in the cadet recurve. Shane Gibson won bronze in the men’s recurve.
Recurve is the traditional bow that holds all the tension and delivers energy more efficiently than a straight-limbed bow, and also gives greater speed to the arrow. Compound bows are more modern, stiffer, and gives the archer more mechanical advantage compared to other bows.