Daisy from Chelmsford Tudor Rose represented Great Britain at the European Fita Field Championships in Montevarchi, Italy. With temperatures over 40 degrees and a mountainous course amongst the olive groves that gave very little shade made a very challenging course, especially with the extra 7 litres of water that had to be carried with them.
The competition consisted of two full days of qualifications, followed by a day of elimination to cut them down to the last four, and then the semi-finals on a head to head basis.
Daisy finished the qualifications in first place, recording very high scores and a two day total of 722, averaging a spot (gold) with every arrow. Next came the eliminations where Daisy still shot very well and again averaged a spot with every arrow. This saw her into the semi-finals, where she beat the Slovenian archer that took her into the final to face the local favourite. Daisy stamped her authority on the final by opening up with 17 points out of a possible 18. Daisy held her advantage and increased resulting in the gold medal and title of European champion.
Archery GB Field Chairman and team selector, Andrew Rees, said ‘She was absolutely amazing, very calm and took everything in her stride.’
Daisy said ‘It was amazing to win and to know that the National Anthem was playing for me’.
Paul Clark (Chelmsford Tudor Rose)