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Newark Castle Archers look back on a record-breaking 2019 ­




A club that has continued to grow year on year has looked back at 2019 with delight after five club records were broken.

Mandie Elson, chairman of Newark Castle Archers ­— whose junior section were club of the year finalists ­— was one of the five record breakers, but chose her indoor county title win as her moment of the year.

Steve and Ian Pepper also enjoyed a record-breaking year after scoring new bests during their respective summer tournament wins.

NEWARK Castle Archers’ record-breakers are, from left to right, Steve Pepper (Longbow) Amy Barnes (recurve) Mandie Elson (barebow) Marti Voce (recurve) and Ian Pepper (recurve).
NEWARK Castle Archers’ record-breakers are, from left to right, Steve Pepper (Longbow) Amy Barnes (recurve) Mandie Elson (barebow) Marti Voce (recurve) and Ian Pepper (recurve).

Steve said: “I have been shooting long bow for just over a year so I was very pleased with my performance where I received a trophy and set a club record for the highest points scored.

“I look forward to improving my score in the future and to retain the trophy.”

Amy Barnes and Marti Voce were the other two record-breaking archers. “It was my first Jack and Jill competition after finishing university, so it was good to get a new club record with Ian,” said Barnes.

Newark Castle Archers.
Newark Castle Archers.

“I always try to shoot to the best of my ability, so it’s great when it pays off.” Voce said: “I feel that I have improved immensely over this past year and now I’m hoping to keep on improving my technique and better myself.”

Junior members, Taylor Freshney and Kyan Jones, who were delighted to be named finalists at the Newark and Sherwood Sports Awards, reflected on how archery had improved their social skills, as well as their sports skills.

Freshney, 13, said: “Archery has turned me from the shy and lazy boy that never ever spent time with friends to a more confident more active boy that enjoys being outdoors and will help around the house. “All the archers are the kindest people I have ever met and have helped me to be a better archer from the start and when I felt a bit overwhelmed they tried to make it easier for me to learn.”

Jones, who is new to the sport, said: “Archery makes me feel happy because it’s a fun sport that’s different to what other people do and everyone at NCA helps me and we all have fun. They’re all nice kind and helpful and I love NCA.”


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