The 2023 National Clout champions were named this weekend in York.
In the wake of Storm Babet, the archers competing at the National Clout Championships in York luckily managed to escape the rain and on Saturday the weather was calm with little to no breeze. Their good luck continued into Sunday’s Tassel Scheme Championships when even a bit of sun coming through.
The highlight for Saturday was by far the standard of shooting by the men’s compound archers. The top three men shot over 300 points, exceeding the national record. This is the first time any archer has shot over 300 in Clout, let alone three. Mick White from Goldcrest took the win with 310 points with Woz Levins scoring 303 and Neil Crickmore not far behind on 300.
Compound woman Emma Mooney also had a very successful weekend, becoming the National individual champion – coming just two points shy of the national record – and compound team champion. She also claimed two national records for the Single 1-Way 140 yards and Double 1-Way 140 yards.
Emma told us: “Every clout event is so relaxed, it’s always lots of fun and the people definitely make the event, but at the same time the ladies compound division has also been really competitive and has pushed me all season.”
Member of The Clout Collective, Ray Stevens, won the barebow men's division. In becoming this year's champion, his was able to defend his 2022 title for a second year. Ray Stevens said: “In January 2020, 'The Clout Collective' was formed as a brand-new club dedicated to clout archery. As much as I enjoyed target archery, I felt I needed to follow my heart, so I joined TCC. In 2022 I won the UK National Clout Champions and the Tassel Scheme Championship and have just achieved the same this year. Archery is rooted deep in our history, and I enjoy every aspect of the sport and being part of the clouting community is like being a part of a very large family. So, thank you to all involved at all levels.”