June 01, 2023

Seven GB archers will compete at the European Games on behalf of Team GB

The archers going to the European Games in Kraków, Poland on behalf of Team GB this June have been announced

The European Games is one of the largest continental multi-sport games there is. Around 7000 athletes competing in 29 sports from 48 nations will come together at this prestigious event. The Games is also an official Continental Qualifying Tournament for Paris 2024, which is a vital aspect of the competition for our recurve athletes hoping to earn their places in the upcoming Olympics.

Olympic Performance Manager Rikki Bingham said: “The European Games is the first opportunity to win quota spots for Paris 2024 in the individual and mixed team events. It is also the only other event which runs its format the same way as the Olympics, so it gives us lots of opportunity to learn and prepare for next year. It’s also great to have compound as a part of Team GB at this multi-sport event.”

The team representing Great Britain at the European Games:

Recurve women

  • Penny Healey– world number one, Antalya 2023 World Cup champion
  • Bryony Pitman– world number two, Antalya 2022 World Cup champion, 2022 World Cup Finalist
  • Jaspreet Sagoo– 2022 Antalya World Cup team gold and Medellin World Cup team silver

Recurve men

  • Monty Orton– 2022 European Youth Championship individual and team gold medallist
  • James Woodgate– 2022 European Youth Championship team gold medallist, Tokyo 2020 Olympian
  • Alex Wise– 2022 Antalya World Cup mixed team silver medallist and Tokyo 2020 Olympic reserve

Compound women

  • Ella Gibson– world number one, 2022 World Cup Final silver medallist and winner of three World Cup stages in 2022

The recurve women earned their place as a team at the recent European Grand Prix at Lilleshall this April. As for the recurve men, their spot was guaranteed after their 4th place team finish at the European Championships last year.

Going to Krakow along with our recurves will be compound woman Ella Gibson. Her individual spot was also earned in Germany last June at the European Championships. 

In the past, compound archers have had the opportunity to compete at only a handful of multi-sport events including the Commonwealth Games, which the compound men and women attended with great success. So to have a compound archer representing Team GB at this tournament is a large step for the discipline.

To learn more about the European Games, click here

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