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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Alan takes indoor archery title

SELLAFIELD archers Alan Wills (who represented GB at the Olympics) and Simon Degler took party in a Word Record Status indoor tournament at Penrith on Saturday.

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On target: Alan Wills, who took part in a World Record Status tournament at Penrith on Saturday

The shoot was similar format to that shot in the Olympics – namely that a qualifying round is shot first to seed the competitors followed by a series of head-to-head knock-out matches.

The main difference is that it’s shot at 18m (rather than 70m outdoors) and the targets are much smaller.

Archers from across the North of England and Scotland turned up to compete.

Alan Wills and Simon Degler were first and second in the gents recurve division, and Jim Skivington (also from Sellafield Archery Club) won the gents compound division.

In the recurve final, Simon took the first set with a 10, 10, 9 to Alan’s 10, 9, 9. However from then on Alan’s relentless pounding of the ‘10’ ring saw him win the next three sets to take the title.

Similarly Jim Skivington also lost the first set in the final, dropping a rare ‘8’ with his first arrow however he also went on to win the next three sets and take the Compound title.

Simon Degler, chairman of Sellafield Archery Club, said: “I guess that the final result between Alan and myself was inevitable, however I’m pleased that I was able to take a set off him and make him work for the title.

“Overall, I’m delighted with the performance of Sellafield Archery Club members who competed at the shoot. All shot well, and to have three Club members come back with medals and trophies is a fantastic performance.”

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