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Once again Daisy Clark steps out of the airport and takes a breath of air.

Yeah she’s here, Cortina, in the northern Italian mountains and this time she means business.

She is shooting for the GB field team in the world field archery championships, and will have to shoot 24 targets on an unmarked course and 24 on a marked course.

 Then they shoot against each other in rounds where one person of the pair is knocked out until you have the final four.

Daisy shot her seasons best of 395 out of 432 on the unmarked course; shot well on the marked course despite the bad weather and qualified in 12th position.

She had a bye in the first round, came into play in the second round and won her match but unfortunately lost in the third round. They did have the fun of a massive dog stopping play as it ran free from its owner. Her dreams of making it to the final fell short. But now she could cheer on her mates and enjoy being in another country.

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People will be saddened to learn that one of our former members, Edie Brown has died. George and Edie joined us, together with Albert Fenton and Joan towards the end of the 70’s and always took an active part in our doings. George was 90 this year and Edie was 88. Always gregarious, Edie would talk to anybody and everybody knew Edie, wherever you happened to be.

A group of us went out for the day in a bunch down to Tom Foy’s Archery Shop at Hawkhurst in Kent to get their first set of equipment, which is when we got the first “Tom Foy Trophy”. Happy days and I’m sure there will have been a meal somewhere just to round things off.

I picked this picture, taken on a visit to a miniature railway, from Facebook because of the label on the carriage where Edie and George are standing seemed very apposite. Edie was a lady in every sense of the word and will be very much missed by all who knew her. When we have the details of when and where Edie’s service will be I’ll let people know.
Michael Bell
Bowmen of Ardleigh 

Edie's funeral service will be at the South East Essex Crematorium, Ockendon Road, Upminster on Tuesday 28th August, 2018 at 2.40pm. Edie loved flowers but if you'd prefer to donate to a charity then her favourite one is the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).  Either would be equally acceptable. If you are sending flowers these should go directly to West & Co. at Dagenham, not to the house.

Essex Ladies on Tour

The GNAM is the oldest archery meeting run by AGB which started in 1854 and is held every year over 3 days of competition at Lilleshall National Sports Centre.

This year a group of Essex Ladies (and a few men as well) attended and won many of the fantastic trophies which are available for the event.

Suzi Atkinson, Wendie King, Jes Sagoo and Emma Winning shot under very hot and windy conditions but as you can see their efforts were worth it.

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Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and ADHD are all types of learning difficulties that all coaches will come across throughout their coaching career. These learning difficulties were explained in a well-informed, well presented lecture given by Anna Heaven, county coach, at an EGAC meeting organised by Chris Buckley, EGAC secretary, on the 20th June.

Anna highlighted the various problems that coaches will meet during sessions and presented ideas on the best practice in helping people to achieve their goals through the archery session. Members who didn’t attend the meeting missed out on valuable information learned that evening.

Dyslexia, for instance, is not just about mixing letters/numbers but they are also unable to distinguish left from right, unable remember given information and have difficulty comprehending instructions easily. Each one of these types have their own tribulations but they all have these connecting factors, difficulty with social interaction, unable to communicate effectively and lack of social awareness. All problems that coaches need to be aware off.

These EGAC events are a valued source of information and worth making the effort to attend as there is always something to learn.

I would like to thank Anna for an excellent talk, Chris Buckley for organising the event and to the members that made the effort to attend. I hope to see many more at the next event which takes place at Perris Archery in July - details are on the Coaching News page.

Alan Munson
ECAA President

Alex Purser has passed his County Judging Practical Assessment at Cambridge today (12 May).

Alex started judging last year and has progressed very well, attending and passing his written exam earlier in the year

Now he has passed his practical exam he becomes a County Judge.

Alex is seen here presenting Michael Judd with a trophy at the County Shoot in his role as County Chairman.

Congratulations Alex - keep up the good work

When I  was asked by Mike Pearce if I would like to be president of the ECAA I was very surprised and honoured to be considered for the role. Mike Pearce along with Paul Clark and my club, Blue Arrows, I thank them for their nomination and support. On the day it came to a vote and I would like to thank all those that voted me into this special position.

In February 2005 I joined the Blue Arrows and in December I became the Club Secretary and I am still the club secretary! This was when I came into contact with Graham Sibley, the county secretary for 63 years. He told me as club secretary I had a job for life. “Do you think so?” I said. I now believe he was right. I have no intention of filling his shoes and I don’t think anybody can, Graham was too great a person to replace and one who is greatly missed.

Over the past 13 years I met some wonderful people and made some good friends along the way. I enjoy participating in competitions, often attending with these friends. Over the next 3 years as President I would like to visit the many clubs in Essex and Suffolk and hopefully make more new friends.

There many questions that need to be addressed ie How do we encourage and retain young people? I would like to encourage Suffolk clubs to be more involved in the running of the county. If you like would to get in contact my email address is I am looking forward to meeting everybody over the next 3 years and now summer has arrived I wish you a good shooting season.

Alan Munson
ECAA President

For more information email Alan at