September 25, 2023

GB win four golds at the 2023 European Archery Field Championships

GB win four gold, one silver and four bronze medals at the 2023 European Archery Field Championships.

The GB team had an incredible week in Italy at the European Field Championships, bringing home four European titles, one silver and four bronze medals.

One of the stand-out performances was recurve woman by Bryony Pitman. She finished qualification in 4th place with 688 points total across her marked and unmarked rounds. Her most difficult match on paper was the semi-finals against 1st ranked German archer, Elisa Tartler, who she defeated 52-46. In the live gold final, Denisa Barankova of Slovakia took an early lead, however Bryony brought the match back to take the win with a point to spare, 57-56.  

Bryony said: “It was a really great week with an awesome team! I went in knowing I had a good chance at winning, but there are quite a few strong female field archers, so it wasn’t going to be easy. This medal means a lot to me, my field ones always do. It’s what I wanted to achieve long before the Olympics even crossed my mind. The moment the judge put his arm up will be a moment I cherish for a long time.”

Ollie Hicks won the Barebow U21 Men’s division at his first ever European Field Championships. He ranked 1st after qualification, with an astounding 63-point gap between him and the archer in 2nd place. In the end, it was Ollie and the second-ranked archer, Czech Republic’s Jan Dobry, in the gold final. Ollie kept gaining one- and two-point advantages each end throughout the match, eventually resulting in a 49-40 win. This is one of three medals he earned this week, two of them being golds.

Ollie said: “It was absolutely freezing conditions, but it was great fun and I’m relieved it went the way it went.”

Ollie will also be shooting at the European 3D Championships next week as a senior, about which he told us: “I’m just going to shoot and see what happens. 3D is a different game to this.”

On the Barebow U21 Women’s side, Kathryn Morton finished her last year as a junior with a bang, taking home the championship title. In the gold final, Kathryn faced Elena Topliceanu from Romania, and won the match with two points to spare, 40-38.

“I wasn’t quite sure if I’d won or not because I wasn’t paying enough attention to the other archer. My first trip I got bronze, the second trip silver, and third trip I’ve finally got the gold,” said Kathryn.

Category and medal


Recurve Women, gold

Bryony Pitman

Barebow U21 Women, gold

Kathryn Morton

Barebow U21 Men, gold

Ollie Hicks

Compound U21 Women, silver

Isabella Bruguier

Recurve Mixed Team, bronze

Bryony Pitman and Tom Hall

Men U21 Team, bronze

Ollie Hicks, Ioan Rees and Callum Piggott

Compound U21 Mixed Team, bronze

Ioan Rees and Isabella Bruguier

Barebow U21 Mixed Team, gold

Ollie Hicks and Kathryn Morton

Women U21 Team Demo Event, bronze

Kathryn Morton, Isabella Bruguier and Louisa Piper

See all the scores from the week here.

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