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Bridport and Lyme Regis News: HOT-SHOT: Reuben Kingston achieved a personal best score HOT-SHOT: Reuben Kingston achieved a personal best score

BRIDE Valley Archers concluded their competitive year with two National Championship events.

Eight club members travelled to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry for the Junior National Indoor Championships and enjoyed competing alongside 350 of the country’s best juniors.

George Larcombe finished third in the under-14 barebow and Reuben Sparke just missed a medal with fourth place in the under-14 longbow.

Alice and Jess Hobbs, Rosie and Fred Cathcart, Reuben Kingston and William Bilbe-Smith all shot well and achieved personal best scores.

Seven juniors entered the British Barebow Indoor Championships at Wincanton.

This was one of eight venues throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, with all competitors shooting on the same day.

Larcombe was third in the under-14 section and Belle Marshall and Jenny Stazicker secured fourth places in the under-14 and under-16 sections, respectively.

Magnus Marshall, Daniel Wilkinson, Theo Button and William Stazicker also performed well.

In May, Kingston won the under-15 title at the All British Field Archery Champion-ships at Pentref in Wales.

The field squad of Kingston, Jenny and William Stazicker and Larcombe competed successfully at many challenging venues, including forests in Devon and Hampshire, hills in Wiltshire and a Victorian Naval fort in Portsmouth.

In July, Button won the Junior Fita Star tournament at Lilleshall National Sports Centre and was placed second the next day in the National Junior Championships under-14 barebow section.

Wilkinson finished third in the under-12 barebow category.

The club was successful in the July Nationals, a postal competition for clubs throughout the country.

Sparke won the under-12 longbow section, Lucy Best (second in the under-10 barebow), Daniel Wilkinson (second in the under-12 barebow and Hannah Corfield (third in the under-16 longbow).

The club entered the November Challenge (national postal competition) and the GWAS Regional Postal League and is hopeful of further success in these events.

The club will train at Bridport Leisure Centre through the winter months and is looking forward to another successful year in 2014.

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