Jake’s Steady Aim Places Him Second In National Field Archery Championships

Huge congratulations to Year 8’s Jake Lambert, who came second in the National Field Archery Championships that took place at Cornbury Park Estate in Oxfordshire on 14-15 September. Competing in the Junior Boys U16 Barebow category, 12-year-old Jake was one of some 370 archers who travelled from across England to take part in the national event.

Field archery takes place in woodland and at the National Championships competitors shoot at 80 two dimensional targets over two days. Spread across the woodland, targets are set at varying distances and often have branches and trees partially obscuring them. The targets are made of paper and are shaped as animals and the scoring zones are very small. This was Jake’s first two day shoot and he had early 5.30am starts and six hours out in the field but his final score of 992 points was enough to earn him second place.

Jake is a regular member of Princethorpe’s Archery Club and was competing using a recurve bow. He first picked up a bow when he started at Princethorpe College last year, and with his steady aim and commitment he has made rapid progress. He practises as much and as often as he can.

Princethorpe’s Archey Club leader Rob Southern explained, “Jake is incredibly committed to the sport and to the club and I think this is shown by his progress. He attends every session, listens well to instructions and has even helped out with the Summer Fete Archery and Open Event have-a-go sessions. Princethorpe Archery are very proud of his achievement and we hope to build on this success in the future.”

Jake added, “I was competing for hours against people from across the country, it was tiring but I was really pleased to finish second.”

And at only 12-years-old that really was a fantastic achievement!