National titles and medals at the National Indoor

A number of Kent archers landed national titles at this weekends national indoor champions along with other success in both the senior and junior events. All results can be found at Senior Event and Junior Nationals Event.

Senior Longbow Men

Adam Nason-Smith of 1066 Archers in Tenterden qualified 2nd, with a score of 379 behind Noak Hills Harry Cossey with 432. This took Adam in to the last 16 head to head matches, where Adam started by beating 15th seed Cameron MacNaughton 7 – 3. Next up Ben Ledwick who Adam beat 6 – 0. In the semi-finals Adam faced Richard Hudson and in a closely though match he triumphed 6 – 4. In the Final Adam meet first seed Harry Cossey with Adam taking the match 6 – 2.

Congratulations Adam on your first place and national title.

Adam with his trophy – Picture Tony Harris

Senior Compound Men

Two Kent archers competed in this category, Steve Griffiths of Medway archers finished 67th with a score of 550 and Ajay Scott of University of Kent archery. Ajay Scott qualified 7th with a score 587 ahead of some notable names in UK compound archery with many more years of experience.

Up first in the head to head matches Ajay faced Liam Peake, the 26th Qualifier, Ajay took the close match with a score of 146 – 145. Next match Ajay was matched against Luke Frearson with Ajay taking a more comfortable 147 – 138 win. Next opponent for Ajay was No 2 seed Adam Carpenter, in a very close match Ajay pipped Adam with a score of 147 – 145. In the semi-finals Ajay faced 3rd seed James Mason, this match went to the wire with both archers finishing the 15 arrow match on 147. On to the shoot off, which seems to be becoming an Ajay speciality. James could only shoot 9 with Ajay shooting a 10.

In the final Ajay faced no 1 qualifier, and current world no 2, Jozef Bosansky. Jozef took the match 147 – 148 leaving Ajay with 2nd place and the silver medal.


With Jozef not being a UK resident the title of senior national compound indoor champion went to Ajay Scott. Very good shooting and congratulations on your title.

Ajay Scott – Picture Tony Harris

Senior Compound Women

Three Kent archers competed in the senior women’s compound. Hannah Brown of Medway archers qualified 15th with a score of 567. Erin Barkway of Fox archers scored 542 and finished 51st. Competing as a senior, Sittingbourne Community College Archers, Mia McGuane, qualified a superb 3rd, behind the current world number 1 Ella Gibson, with a score of 583.

In the head to head matches Hannah’s first opponent was Phoebe Paterson Pine. Hannah took the match 142 – 137. Next up 2nd seed and world no 32, Izzy Carpenter, sadly Izzy took the win a very tight match 145 – 144. Hannah finished with a joint 9th place over all.

Having qualified 3rd Mia faced 30th seed Lulia Petre, with Mia taking a tight match 140 – 139. Next for Mia was 11th seed Patience Wood, which Mia won 145 – 144. In the semi finals Mia faced the archer that sadly bought Hannah’s run to an end. Once again only a single point separated the archers after 15 arrows with Izzy taking the match 146-145. This put Mia in the bronze medal match against world number 13 Sarah Prieels, with ends of 30-29, 28-30, 28-28, 29-27 and 29-28 Mia took the bronze medal and 3rd place with a score or 144-142. Congratulations Mia

Mia McGuane – Picture from Mia

Junior Nationals medals

With no head to head matches to report on and with your reporter working on packing away the event I am sorry to say at this time I have no pictures of the medal winners. If I receive them I will gladly update this story.

U21 Women’s Longbow

Congratulations to Lara Green of SCCA who finished 2nd and a silver medal with a score of 250

U18 Women’s Longbow

Congratulation to Niamh Kelly-Halabi who took 1st place and the gold medal with a score of 258

U16 Men’s Compound

Congratulations to Evan Clarke of SCCA on his 3rd place and bronze medal with a score of 549

U16 Women’s Barebow

Congratulations to Simona Mockeviciute from EJA on her 3rd place and bronze medal with a score of 302.

U15 Men’s Compound

Congratulations to Baliey Yates of SCCA on his 1st and bronze medal with a score of 442

U15 Women’s Barebow

Congratulations to Imogen Burns from SCCA Archers on her 2nd place and silver medal with a score of 220

U14 Women’s Compound

Congratulations to Maetha Edwards from EJA on her 2nd place and silver medal with a score of 529.

Notes from the KAA AGM

Finally held at Medway Archers on Sunday 19th November with 22 members from 11 clubs and one direct member.

Reports were submitted and discussed and those listed below have been elected for the fort coming year, unfortunately there are vacancies and the committee will be seeking members to fill the gaps, including the Tournament Organisers.  Anybody wanting to fill a gap and undertake a role please be assured that there will be full support to help you.

As it stands we only have one tournament organiser for a senior outdoor tournament so we may be seeking your thoughts on which shoot to hold if we can’t find a TO.

KAA Post Holders 2023 – 24
PositionHolderTournament Organisers
PresidentBob BeaneyChampionshipsVacantLewis Brown has undertaken to one of these shoots.
ChairmanMarc CarrollWA 1440Vacant
SecretarySarah CarrollWA720Vacant
Development OfficerPaul GermaineIndoorVacant
Records OfficerMel BruguierPara TourmamentDelegated to SCCA
Team ManagerHannah BrownCloutDiane Pople currently working to re-establish.
Team Selection Panel memberTony Harris
SCAS rep 1Bob BeaneyJnr TournamentToby Noar
SCAS rep 2Anita Baily
SCAS rep 3VacantN.Dimmock has since declared his willingness to stand again.
Ordinary Member 1Toby Noar
Ordinary Member 2Vacant

Field Taster Day 12th November Info

12th November at KAF’s Gorewood course
An introduction to Field shooting for Beginners.

Starting at 10:00am

1st event Obtaining Sight marks for the appropriate disciplines.
2nd event an introduction with guidance around a 12 target marked course.

Cost for the day £5/person

Parking is at a premium at the venue Please car share if at all possible, thank you.
Due to the wet weather we may have to cancel at the last moment please bear with us. In order to be notified of changes to this event please email to inform them you will be attending.

Things to consider pre taster

  1. Suitable foot wear is required, walking boots.
  2. Layered top cloths, not green or Camo please
  3. A Hat
  4. Binoculars are allowed.
  5. Either a haversack or stool haversack to carry min of drink.
  6. Recurve/Compound archers with some sightmarks ranging from 60,50, 30m would be useful.
  7. Other disciplines BB and LB it would helpful to know your pile on distance.
  8. No toilet facilities

County Team Selection Procedure

The county team manager with the assistance of the selection committee and county committee are pleased to publish the procedures that will be followed in selecting all future teams to represent the county at all events.

You can find the procedure as a download from KAA Team Selection procedure.

The following is a list of some known typical submission dates

February indoor match – Dec 31st
March field match – Jan 30th
April outdoor match – February 28th
June outdoor match – April 30th
4-Way field – June 20th
National County Team – July 31st

If you want a Golden Records account in order to submit scores please send an email to

Questions about the selection procedure should be addressed to the county team manager at

Kent Field Archery event information

The Kent Field Archery events are open to all Kent Archery members.

You can pay for individual days at a cost of £5 per person or a years membership is available, the planned event on the 12th of November is the last this season.

Archers of any age or bow style are welcome so long as you are able to negotiate the woods, it can be slippery, muddy and you will need to climb up hills and over obstacles. Dress appropriately.

Located at Gore Wood, Pett Rd, near Sittingbourne,


If you wish to attend please notify KAF chairman Geoff Barker by emailing,, this is especially important if juniors are attending to ensure the correct shooting distances are set out.

Erin Barkway passes her county judges exam

Kent judge Erin Barkway travelled to Archery GB headquarters today to sit and pass her county judges exam. Having taken and passed her practical exam at the Pocahontas Shoot at Gravesend Archers she is immediately promoted to county judge. Well done Erin we never doubted it.

Erin Barkway

We are always in need of judges. If its something you think you would be interested in trying judging we can arrange a taster day for You. Please contact the Judging Liason Officer at

Field Archery in Kent, 12th November.

Following on from the SCAS test event last weekend the next Field day in Kent is on the 12 November 23.

If you want to try a different form of archery come and give it a go, you will need some sight marks from 10m to 60m and you shoot your normal equipment so no special kit required.

You will be paired with an experienced field archer who will giude you through the day.

Hope to see you on the 12th November

Southern Counties trial 3 way inter-county field match

On Sunday 15th October a team of 8 field archers from Kent attended a trial inter county field match. The match was hosted by Overton Black Arrows at their spectacular field venue on the side of the South Downs in Kingsclere, Hampshire.

Photo Steve Allam

Teams were to consist of mixed gender by bowstyle, Compound, Recurve, Barebow and English Longbow. Shooting for Kent, archers were chosen from those that had submitted field scores to the county, where:-

Compound :- Chris Horan and Bob Beaney, due to the latest of confirmation no ladies where available

Recurve : Oliver Sandor-Brown, no other recurves that had submitted scores were available

Barebow: Geoff Barker and Tom Williams

English Longbow: Colin Hind, Michael White and Lindsey Coates

The day started bright, cold and dry as teams from Kent, Hampshire and Sussex shot an initial 12 marked target ranking round.

Lindsey Coates shooting down hill – Photo Steve Allam

After the ranking round archers were ranked in 1st, 2nd,3rd and 4th by bow style and county. Archers then shoot a 4 target head to head match against the similarly ranked archers and bow style from the other counties. After 2 targets the lowest scoring archer dropped out, if we had a tie then a single arrow shot off would have been required. After 3 targets the next lowest scoring archer dropped out leaving us with 2 archers to shoot the final target. points where awarded to each county depending on their placing after the head 2 head matches.

Because of the mixed number of archers available from each county, some matches included more than 1 archer from a county. The results for Kent where:

Longbow Match 1 – Michael White 1st

Longbow Match 2 – Lindsey Coates 1st, Colin Hind 2nd

Compound Match 1 – Chris Horan 2nd and Bob Beaney 3rd

Recurve Match 1 – Oliver Sandor-Brown 4th

Kent places 2nd behind Hampshire

Thank you to all those attended.

Keep an eye on this website for have ago field archery sessions next year as well as information about the Kent Field Archery days that are held at Gore Wood, near Sittingbourne during the outdoor season. Kent are actively trying to arrange inter county team field matches. To be in with a chance to compete in these submit your scores via Golden Record. If you don’t have a Golden Records account contact the Kent Records officer at

Kent, Sussex and Hampshire teams – Photo from Steve Allam
Photo – Steve Allam
Photo – Steve Allam
Photo – Steve Allam

Cécile Midrouillet talks about her experience shooting for GB at the European 3D field championship

I just had the honour of representing GB at the European Archery 3D Championships in Italy.

For my first selection, my objectives were simple: gain experience and learn on a bigger stage, understand where I benchmarked and most importantly, enjoy it. I’ll start with the easy one – I LOVED every minute of it (except perhaps for the 5 am email informing me my flight home had been cancelled, but that’s a story for another time!).

A big part of that is thanks to proper prep, the top notch event organisation and a great Team Manager, which combined meant I could focus on shooting and nothing else.

Before the trip, I spent many hours with the kind help of fellow Kent archer Chris Horan, selecting and tuning my equipment and getting a spare bow set up. It’s key going out knowing your kit is as good as it can be and that you have a plan B should anything not go according to plan. As it turns out I didn’t need any of my spare kit, but knowing it was there and working well, gave me the peace of mind to focus on my shooting. And really that’s all it’s about, doing what you’ve done all year and replicating it on the big day.

And we’re off

I travelled to the event with my teammate Ian. We were met at the airport by one of the many volunteers and escorted to our waiting bus. Transport was sleek, organised by the local organisation committee with the help of the local police force.

Upon arrival we were met by Team Manager Mal Williams, and we then joined our teammates for dinner. Mal gave us a debrief on the schedule, what to expect and where to be and when. On an international trip, you will spend the majority of your time with your team. There are other teams in the same hotel, but you will eat, travel and practice predominantly with the same group of people all week. Your team becomes like a second family.

Official practice and equipment inspection

Day 1 was orientation for Ian, Jed and myself who travelled specifically for the 3Ds. The rest of the team (Mal, Vic, Tom, James and Ollie) also shot the WA field the previous week and already had their accreditations and knew what to expect. Our gazebo for the week was set up between France and Germany, we said our hellos and chatted about kit – and exchanged pin badges. Pin badges are a big thing in 3D. Everyone brings some to swap with their groups and give to the volunteers. It’s not uncommon to see volunteers and archers racing around to try and catch badges from (think Pokemon Go!).

After a quick photo, we picked up our accreditations and set up for official practice. The shoot is nearly 2,000 above sea levels so we expected some small impact to our marks as there’s less drag on the arrows at altitude so it was important to check everything was as it should be. I ended up adjusting my sight tape by half a metre.

During practice, each team was called to equipment inspection which is very much like any UK shoot. Sometimes the judges also check your bag and you can be asked  but otherwise it’s all the same as what you can expect from a UK shoot.

After practice, to avoid dragging kit back and forth on the bus, I checked mine into bow storage before heading over to the official opening ceremony, shortly followed by a welcome bevvie and buffet.


Day 2 and 3 were qualification days. On my first day I was randomly assigned to a target with 3 other archers.

After the customary pin swap, we started on the more difficult of the two courses.

My target mates and I agreed to spot for one another. This isn’t a given, some archers prefer silence.

English is the official event language and we were required to use it when competing. The only 4 words we were required to know were good, bad, yes and no. Unlike with UK shoots, there are no tea breaks. You simply continue and dash to use the facilities dotted on the course.

I was very nervous and I didn’t relax properly until perhaps target 8. And this showed. My target mates and I had an equal mix of great and average shots, as well as misses. Unlike my fellow shooters, my lack of experience meant I struggled shaking off the bad shots and carried some of them with me onto the next target. This cost me a few points. I really enjoyed the course and was left a little disappointed with my score but overall I expected I would do better on the second qualification course.

The following day we were ranked according to our first score and put into different groups. We went back out onto our second course, the shorter and flatter of the two. Unfortunately a quarter of that course consisted of deer targets, which I have consistently struggled with all year. And I did once again. One mistake early on caused me to lose all confidence in my shot process, preferring to go for ‘safe’ shots rather than aiming square at the 11. I was left frustrated as a lot of my arrows actually landed where they were aimed, and If I’d simply trusted myself more, I would have had a better overall score.

Unlike other archers who were up on day 1, I was down. Still, it was all to play for as I was through to eliminations along with the rest of the GB team.


Ianseo worked its magic and assigned all of us into pools. Eliminations consists of 6 targets. You shoot your match and if you win, you stay and the next higher ranking archer joins you. There’s really all to play for, and it’s not uncommon for archers to work their way back up during eliminations – but it helps if you’ve done the hard work in qualification!

In my case it was over after the first match and I finished 15th.

Being knocked out in the first round meant I could focus on supporting my team mates and so I joined the big (and fairly noisy) crowd watching the rest of the matches.

If you want to see what it’s all about, the finals are available on World Archery’s YouTube channel . Matches on the finals field are shot over 4 targets, 5 if there’s a shoot off, and there were quite a few of those!

So what now?

I can’t say I’m not disappointed with my overall score, but it’s been a fantastic experience and it’s made me even more determined to improve and come back better.

Archers are a really friendly bunch and this is especially true of field archers. Irrespective of the country you represent, you’ll always find someone cheering for you and sharing tips and advice to help you progress. I have come home with some things to work on and some good advice.

3D is growing in popularity and it would be great to see more Kent archers give it a try. There are more and more courses available and taster sessions being organised across the country over the Winter. Check out the GB & NI Field Archery Facebook Group for more info about tasters and shoots.

All Photos from Cécile Midrouillet