Hampshire Archery Association is the home of archery in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands in the UK. The Association is affiliated to SCAS (Southern Counties Archery Society) and GNAS (Grand National Archery Society) who are the governing body for the sport in the UK.
Archery is a sport for all ages and abilities and is great for families. There are over 50 archery clubs in Hampshire and most offer beginners courses. If you interested in trying archery get in touch with one of the clubs listed here.
RN South Coast Archers regretably annouces that due to unforeseeable circumstances the Fancy Dress Stafford and Harbour Shoot have been cancelled. All money paid will be refunded and all uncashed cheques destroyed unless you wish them to be returned. If you wish for any further information then please contact Darryl Morgan, RNSCA Tournament Organiser
We have just heard that Ray Defty passed away on Wednesday.
Ray was a very popular judge and will be sadly missed by all.
UPDATE. . .
Ray's Funeral will be on Wednesday 12th March at 12:30 at Southampton Crematorium East Chapel.
The entry form for the 2014 NCTT, to be held at Lilleshall June 28-29 is now available.
The shoot, where HAA finished 2nd in ladies recurve, and 3rd in gents compound in 2013, is for teams of 3 in the floowing catagories,
Barebow, providing a minimum of 3 teams register.
All disciplines have a ladies and gents team, if you wish to be considered for the event please inform me on or via phone. The team will be selected closer to the date of the tournament. There will be a proposed cost of £31 per member of the team, plus £9.50 per night camping fees, from lilleshall.
Dates – 8th & 9th February 2014
Venue- Fleming Park Leisure Centre, Eastleigh, Hampshire
Judges – Nick Nicholson, Gill Millward, Paul Richards, Robert Potts & Martyn Gore
Gentleman Patron - Mr Graham Potts
Tournament Organiser – Mrs Carla Piper
Saturday was the FITA 18 rounds and despite the bad weather conditions around the country, archers came from far afield, travelling from Kent or from as far north as Lancashire. In total there were archers from over 35 different clubs. Of these archers a number claimed their FITA18 target awards, well done them! I hope that next year the sessions are more subscribed too, as I hope to conclude the day with a head 2 head!
The Sunday was the County Championship and consisted of the Portsmouth round. The day attracted a small number of archers from the south west, who I was surprised to see considering the floods in these areas. The Sunday was well attended and a good day was had by all. I would like to thank all the archers for their attendance in spite of the hazardous weather conditions. The highlights were scores from Lee Miller, who only picked up a compound bow last summer. A big well done to Harriet Little who’s scores were PB’s on both days and it was good to see the junior gents Sam Jeram & Luke Ralls with high scores too! I would also like to mention Jacob Caine from Old Basing, who was on the same target as Lee Miller and Hannah Brown and did not seem to be overwhelmed by the judges shooting with him.
The weekend was concluded by the raffle and the prize giving. Presenting the trophies was Mr Graham Potts who kindly accepted my invite as Gentleman Patron. Graham has family ties to Eastleigh, as it was home to his late grandparents, and whilst visiting them he would often play in Fleming Park. I hope the visit back to the town bought back special memories for him! Graham also kindly presented a gift to Monika Komla from the island of Sark. As Monika’s bow had an eventful trip to the mainland. Firstly a boat had to return to Sark to pick it up as it was missed from the luggage hold, and then it was not allowed on the plane without Monika. So it made its lonely way on a fast overnight ferry. The final stage of the journey was completed by car (the ferry captain had it driven up from Portsmouth)
I would like to thank the small group of helpers, who set up the field on the Friday and those that helped during the weekend with registration, raffle and the putting away of the kit. A special thanks to RN South Coast Archers who lent the event their back netting scenes and “Quicks Archery” for their raffle prize donations. Thanks also to the staff of Fleming Park for their assistant in setting up the hall and finally to Tenzone Target for the bosses.
Thank you also to my judges Gill, Robert, Paul, Martyn and Nick. As without them the event would not take place. Their help ensured the weekend was a great success for the County and visiting archers alike. My final thank you is to Graham for presenting the awards on Sunday and I hope to see him next year, same place. As I have provisionally booked the same weekend next year 7th & 8th February. This year’s outdoor Championships are on the 21st & 22nd September comprising of a WRS Double WA1440 and metrics rounds.
Team Awards and Tournament Champions Combined Score FITA 18 and Portsmouth.pdf
FITA 18 First Shoot Results
FITA 18 Second Shoot Results
HAA Portsmouth Results
Second and Third Shoot Details Portsmouth
Sophie Hales started archery about 3 years ago as a part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award. Initially she was not comfortable shooting a recurve bow, however after 6 months the club's coach allowed her to try shooting a compound bow; this completely changed Sophie's perspective on archery since she discovered that she had a natural talent with that bow style.
Sophie quickly changed to a highly dedicated archer and a valued member of our club, Alton & Four Marks Archers. Regular practice saw her standard of shooting progress to ever higher levels, and she began to enter into (and win) local competitions.
Sophie Hales managed to have a very successful year during 2013. Highlights of the year include:• Selected for the Hampshire Team (for the second year in a row);• Broke the county records for the Bristol-2, Short Western and FITA-18 rounds (Ladies U18 Compound) – in fact Sophie broke the Bristol-2 record no less than 4 times that year;• Won the U18 Ladies Compound County championships; and• Won the U18 Ladies Compound National championships despite the fact that her bow was developing a major mechanical problem!
As a club we can all be proud of Sophie's achievements and as a coach I am certainly proud of her. However, I decided that Sophie needs recognition in the wider community, so I nominated Sophie for the 2013 Junior Sportswoman award with the Alton & District Sports Council.
The winners were announced on 16th January 2014 and I am pleased to say that, when faced with a choice between Sophie and a young lady from Alton Trampoline club (also I should add a UK champion) the Alton & District Sports Council decided that Sophie was better sportswoman. So she now has yet another trophy on the shelf that needs dusting!
I'd just like to extend my congratulations to Sophie on what has turned out to be a very successful last year as a junior archer; let's hope that her career as a senior archer is just as eventful. In addition to her trophies and success in her own shooting she has also given up her time to inspire some of our younger archers. She joined the club committee as a junior rep. In this role she encouraged juniors to shoot at local competitions and her enthusiasm was infectious. She even persuaded her dad to take up the sport. Together they have inspired the club in so many ways with their enthusiasm and dedication. Their most recent achievement is to host a level 1 coaching course so that even more archers can enjoy the sport and further their skills.
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Don't forget to come along to the AGM at 8:00pm on Thursday 27th March at Hedge End Youth and Community Hall.
All HAA members are welcome to attend and each member is entitled to one vote.
Click to download the Agenda
See you there.
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