Louisa Piper shooting at the championships
At the 2022 British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Outdoor Archery Championships, the University of Nottingham defied the conditions to earn a superb medal haul that registers as the most experienced level medals that the University has won at a BUCS Outdoors Championship.
Taking place at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire, the #GreenandGold of the University of Nottingham Archery club entered the weekend in good form after their national championship victory in the BUCS Indoor competition and more gold would be to follow across the two days of action. Despite the weather having a huge impact on how easy it was to shoot well, with high winds and intermittent rain all weekend which can make it really difficult to shoot accurately, the university's archers shot magnificently with gold medals and indiviual national titles for both Louisa Piper and Simran Panesar. Simran earned the top spot in the Women's Experienced Barebow event, taking gold in her last BUCS event before graduation, whilst Louisa took home the Women's Experienced Recurve title, setting a new UK record on day 2 in the process - only after team-mate Hannah Evans had broken the record earlier in the day! Following the university's team success at the Indoor Championships, Louisa and team-mates Hannah Evans and Charlotte Chard, cemented the clubs place at the pinnacle of Non-Compound team archery with a brilliant gold medal at these outdoor championships.
Perhaps inspired by their team-mates achievements, the Compound team of Holly Hunter and Sam Cartwright earned a deserved silver, whilst the Men's Non-Compound team of Max Harding, Dominic Kelsey and Matt Waters matched this feat shooting their way to a super silver. Alongside these team successes, there were more individual medals accompanying them as Holly Hunter experienced an incredible first outing in BUCS competition, shooting brilliantly in the head to heads to take home an individual Women's Compound bronze to go with her team silver. Matt Waters also added another medal to his weekend haul, firing his way to a silver in the Men's Experienced Barebow, a competition that saw fellow University of Nottingham Archer Ewan Kennett win the bronze. Alongside these successes in the Experienced level categories, Abdullah Khan battled the elements to win a bronze in the Men's Novice Longbow event.
Our athletes performances across the weekend of competition in poor weather conditions only highlights further the skill and mental fortitude of our archers. The club's motto of the weekend was "it's not rain, it's liquid positivity" with this brilliant mindset resulting in medals deservedly raining down on the team. We congratulate every single member of the club on their success at these BUCS Outdoors and across the season as a whole.
You can view the full results of day one of the competition here, and day two here. You can also keep up to date with the University of Nottingham Archery club on social media here.
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Posted on Tuesday 14th June 2022