A summer of World and European records being broken!
2022 has been the most successful summer for GBR in recent history, not just on the international scene, but on the World and European record scene.
Let's take a look at what has been going on on the record scene, with records that have been ratified at the time of writing this article by World Archery Europe and World Archery.
Ollie Hicks, 15 years old, has been taking down World and European records for fun this season. Starting right at the beginning of the season, Ollie took the World and European records in the under-18 and under-21s and the European record senior record for the WA25m with 551 at the Guildford Indoor WRS Trophy Tournament.
Throughout the year, starting at the first outdoor shoot of the year, Ollie took the U18 and U21 European 50 metre round records with 632 at March Madness, to then better it the following month and including the senior record to 649 at the Meriden Spring 720. June came, and again, taking all three European records with 656 at the Stephanie Hall Memorial 720. To then better the World record in all three age groups to 673 in September at the Hampshire Outdoor Tournament!
The double 50m round was not safe from Ollie either. March Madness at Whitehill Archers was the first takedown, with the U18 and U21 World records and the U18, U21, and senior European records tumbling to Ollie's 1251. That simply was not enough for the young Barebow archer. In June at the Woking Double, the World and European records for the U18, and U21 were bettered, along with the senior European record with 1281.
Indoor season is here, and subject to ratification, Ollie has already broken the U18 and U21 WA18 World and European records with 561, shooting at Wallingford Castle the first weekend of October.
In total for the year so far, Ollie has taken 10 World records and close to 20 European records.
No barebow records are safe from Ollie...
World Number 1 has had her sight set on the European and World records in the compound world, and that is just what she did this year! Again, starting her year early in April at the AAE Arizona Cup, Ella took the European record from 710 to 711 on a 50m round.
Eight days later, the European 15 arrow match record with 150 9x at the Meriden Spring 720. Ella commented on her social media, "What a great match, going into that last end knowing I needed not only a 30 but 1x to make the record was nerve-wracking but also amazing to do it with 2!" However, Ella was not done with this record yet. June came around at the Stephanie Hall Memorial 720, also at Meriden Archery Club, and the record was broken again. This time the 15 arrow match European record was set to 150 10x!
The Hyundai Archery World Cup in Paris saw Ella take the European 50m record again, with 712. Later in the World Cup season at the Columbia World Cup, Ella, Izzy Carpenter and Lizzie Foster claimed the Compound Women Team European record with 2098.
Lastly, but not least, Ella's World record, shot at Cleadon Archers Double WA720, shooting 1417, putting two points on the World record. She commented, "I know there is a lot still in me and this record will go again for sure, but for now I'm happy to break it and make it mine."
World Number 1 Phoebe Paterson-Pine started her records takedown in April at the Bowbrook Archers WRS 720 with the World and European Double 50m round in the Compound Women Open division. Phoebe shot 1357, bettering the old records by 10 points.
Only to do it again a month later at Bucks or Bounty, taking the records again with 1378.
The Para Archery European Cup at Nova Mesto saw Phoebe and teammate Jessica Stretton claiming the Compound Women Open team with 1376. At the European Para Archery Championships, the double team broke records again, this time with 1385.
Phoebe told us, "I didn't expect to break so many records this year and in such a short period of time too. I managed to break five records across UK, European and World records in the period of five days I think? Which is crazy to think. I'm really proud of what I've achieved and I'm excited to see what the future holds. I think more importantly this year has shown the sheer level of excellence we have in para archery too in this country."
Another successful year for Penny Healey has also led to European and World records for the World Cup medalist.
The first record for Penny this year was the European U21 recurve women's record for the Double 70m WA720 round at Welbeck Archers WRS WA720. Increasing the record by two points to 1326.
Later in the season, at the UK Junior Masters at Deer Park Archers, Penny took An San's U18 World Record (along with the European Record) of 686 to make it 687 on the WA60m round.
Bucks or Bounty was a competition for World and European records, Vic Williams added to the tally for the Barebow Masters Women for the Double 50m round. Vic shot 1160 at the competition, adding three points to the previous 1157 record.
Another barebow record? Yep! Amelia Chumber took the European U21 women's Double 50m round, also at Bucks or Bounty, in May with 999.
Nathan Macqueen and Jessica Stretton took the Compound Open Mixed Team European record for the 50m round with 1390. This was done at the European Para Archery Championships.
GBR's compound U18 women's team took two European records this summer, firstly the team record with Hallie Boulton, Isabella Bruguier and Patience Wood now holds the record with 2036, after the European Youth Cup in Bucharest.
The European Youth Championships, held at Lilleshall National Sports Centre earlier this summer was host to the European record for team matches for the U18 women's team with a score of 230. The team consisted of Hallie Boulton, Sinead Byrne, and Patience Wood.
Charlie Medhurst, Monty Orton, and James Woodgate took the European record at the European Youth Cup in Bucharest as a team during qualification. The team added four points to the existing record, taking it to 1972 between the three of them.