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First time at the National Indoor Championships

December 10th 2021
Sophie Meering

Mandie Elson, of Newark Castle Archers, and three of her junior archers relive their first time at the National Indoor Championships!

Mandie Elson is a coach at Newark Castle Archers and she is very proud of her archers who came to compete at the National Indoor Championships for the first time! Not only was Mandie a coach at the event for her athletes, she also competed.

Mandie’s National Indoor Championship memories

For me it was about the experience of such a huge competition. It was challenging re the amount of archers on the line and the calibre of archers which made me feel a little nervous. I’m glad I’ve experienced it as now I can let other grass root archers know what it’s like to attend such a huge competition and hopefully encourage them to join me next year.

For me, it was about the experience of such a huge competition. It was challenging, the amount of archers on the line and the calibre of archers which made me feel a little nervous.

I’m glad I’ve experienced it, as now I can let other grass root archers know what it’s like to attend such a huge competition. And hopefully encourage them to join me next year.

How did it feel to watch your athlete compete at the National Indoor Championships?

As I said to all three juniors, I was very proud of all of them. Both for entering the competition and putting themselves on the shooting line. Especially as none of them have been shooting that long or that much due to covid.

Young Harry Rice has only just passed his beginners course, and this was his first ever official competition. He did really well to hold his nerve in such a huge competition. This was along with his sister, Lucy, who has a couple of years experience.

Harry Weeks is taking his barebow in his stride and has turned out to be a very confident young man. It’s been brilliant watching him grow, literally, as he was so small when he started his archery journey.

How was it for you to compete at the National Indoor Championships?

For me it was a great experience. I knew I wouldn’t come anywhere, but I wanted to experience it. I can now let my club archers know what it’s like and that they can all take part. However, I was nervous too. But, I settled down once I forgot about who I was shooting with. Carol-Anne seez and Amelia Chumber, two very good barebow archers.

I fluffed it in the last 16 as nerves got the better of me and I was embarrassed by my shooting. I need to learn to control and remember that it is all about having fun.

Lucy and Harry

We found the comp through Newark Castle Archers, Lucy favourite memory is being able to experience shooting with so many people, she has learnt not to get stressed about one arrow that’s already gone worry about the ones you’re yet to shoot.

Harry’s favourite memory is making new friends, i learnt that it doesn’t matter what you score all that matters is you have fun.

Full results from the can be found here for the Juniors National Indoor Championships. And here for the National Indoor Championships.

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