This week Nottingham has hosted the European Archery Championship and I was able to attend the morning session on Sunday 29 May held in the Market Square. This is the first time that the competition has been held in Britain for nearly 40 years and as the last opportunity for some archers to secure a place at the 2016 Rio Olympics it’s a pretty big deal.
Team GB had done well over the championship so we were lucky enough to see the women’s recurve team just miss out on Bronze but the men’s team manage to get a silver medal after narrowly being beaten by Russia. I don’t know much about archery but the commentator (inexplicably American) was very informative and it was easy to follow what was going on. It was also pretty exciting with several of the matches being decided by shoot offs.
There was some excellent archery on display (to my untrained eye) with plenty of scores of 10 to get the crowd cheering – I have to say Russia were very impressive in that regard.
Overall it was a really well organised event, and exciting to see in the middle of Nottingham. I’m definitely going to be paying archery a lot more attention in the future, and I’m certainly looking forward to seeing them in action at the Olympics.
You can find more of my photos of the championship here.