British archers build towards European Championships
All roads now lead to the European Championships for Great Britain's archers, according to performance director David Tillotson, after the squad produced a slew of strong performances at the World Archery Festival in Las Vegas.
Among was the highlights was Ashe Morgan who finished second in the top recurve flight groups, Dwight Hagley who secured a first place in the recurve compound group, and Naomi Folkard who finished joint 11th in the championship categories after earlier reaching the quarter-final of the Indoor Archery World Cup.
Five of the archers with Olympic ambitions – Sean Evans, Patrick Huston, Alex Smith, Morgan and Folkard – will now head to Chula Vista Archery Centre in California to join other GB Olympic hopefuls Brad Denny, Kieran Slater, Sally Gilder, Amy Oliver, Bryony Pitman, Becky Martin and Nicky Hunt.
The aim is to take advantage of warm weather training and competition with other Olympic qualifying nations such as USA, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and Japan ahead of May's European Championships.
Tillotson said: "This is an excellent pre-season training opportunity, with a camp followed by a competition.
"It will allow our archers to test themselves against high-level international competitors with warm temperatures and in wind conditions likely to be experienced at the European Championships in Nottingham, in May."