Written by Jay Tzerkezie
BUCS Indoor Championships, hosted in Telford, is the premier indoor student archery tournament. This one day tournament features universities from across the whole of the UK competing for glory and prestigious BUCS points. The round shot is a Portsmouth round (60 arrows at a 60cm face, max score of 600).
Lancaster archers have been training hard with new coach and ex-Olympian Vlada Priestman. Her guidance has certainly made a difference with the club posting a strong performance in this year’s tournament.
The most notable achievement was an impressive 4th place finish for the gents senior recurve team (Tom Wilson, Jay Tserkezie, Tom Bott). With a combined team score of 1688/1800, the gents were only 6 points off of 3rd place Birmingham which is a huge improvement from last year’s 16th place finish. Tom Wilson in particular can be very proud of his performance finishing 6th in the individual senior gents recurve category with a score of 571/600, only two points from 4th place and more illustrious BUCS points.
The female senior recurve team (Laura Hodgkinson, Gemma Ainsworth, Kirsty Falcus) posted a strong 8th place finish. Laura managed a fantastic 9th place in the individual senior female recurve category shooting a superb competition PB of 551/600.
The novice team gained some valuable experience from this tournament, and although a top 10 finish was elusive, they can be very happy with their performance at their first national competition.
Well done to all archers who represented Lancaster at BUCS, you should all be proud of your performance.
The club has already gained more than double last year’s total BUCS points after only one of the two annual BUCS events. Looking ahead to BUCS Outdoor Championships in June, with the continued hard work from our archers and the help of Vlada, we can definitely push for a medal and another haul of BUCS points.