Daisy Clark at the World Youth Archery Championships - Poland

Daisy has been travelling again with the GB archery team.  On Saturday 20th August the whole squad met at Stansted (a local one this time!) and caught a flight to Legnica, Poland for the World Youth Archery Championships.  There were 56 countries competing in this championships.  The weather was hot, in the high 30's.

In the qualification round Daisy spent most of the time in third position but ended up in 13th place after a difficult end, scoring 664.  She then went into the Olympic round where she came up against the Croation, Maja Orlic. Daisy reached the last eight with a tense victory over Sarah Holst Sonnichsen of Denmark (who is the current European Champion and world record holder and who knocked team mate Aalin George into the Silver position in Cyprus). Their match finished in a 142-142 tie, with Daisy clinching victory in a shoot-off.  This then put Daisy through to the quarter-finals of the compound cadet women’s tournament at the World Youth Championships.

In the quarter finals Daisy came up against Australian  champion Ella Hugo.  In a close fought match Ella clinched the win on the last arrow scoring 141 to 140.  Finishing with such a high score meant that Daisy finished in fifth place.

Scoring well in the qualification round also put Daisy through to the Compound Cadet Mixed team with fellow archer Jordan Mitchell.  Ranked in fifth place they got through the first round of the head to heads but were knocked out by the Mexicans, Medina and Villafan, in the next round. The second time the two pairs had met, as the first time Daisy and Jordan were victorious!

GB Team Manager Barry Eley said "Daisy was fantastic, and did herself proud,” said . “It was disappointing to lose, especially because she came so close. But to finish fifth at a world championship is an outstanding achievement.  But her attitude was first class: she was relaxed and positive throughout her match, and she is a real champion in the making.”

Paul Clark

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