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Amelia Chumber, U16 barebow archer for Braintree Bowmen, had lots to smile about at the Woking Archery Club Open 2020 competition this weekend. 

It has been so long since target competitions have run that there were a lot of nerves as to how the day would go.

WAC had strict covid safety measures in places but over 120 archers were able to compete over the two days and a fair few from Essex clubs.  It was a very well-run competition; sure others could use as a blueprint to do their own.

Spectators were not allowed, not even parents of juniors but the Barebow community are one of the best and they all made sure Amelia was looked after. Bonus was that Amelia had her coach shooting alongside for support. 

Amelia scored 1073 in the double WA50 Barebow round and broke the previous World Record held by USA archer Trinity Howard by 25 points.

Amelia joins other Barebow archers from Sweden who also set World Records in their competitions on the same day.

Amelia claimed her 2nd World record , a European record and 4 UK records,  a triumphant end to a long day.

Many thanks go to Richard Burgess for all his time coaching that motivates Amelia to always shoot strong, her club, Braintree Bowmen, for all the encouragement they give Amelia and to Perris Archery for their continued support.

The results show that with the right inspiration hard work pays off.

Congratulations Amelia , another great result for Essex archery.

Unfortunately we have had to cancel the Malgrave Moonlight shoot.

The current AGB restriction of 30 people including helpers makes the shoot unviable. We are in the process of returning entry fees.


Ian Miller
Chairman Bowmen of Malgrave

Andy Harris League:

Due to the current restrictions concerning Indoor venues, I am sure it will not come as a surprise to you to be told that the Andy Harris League cannot be formed for the coming Indoor Season.

However, let us look forward with the hope that some sort of normality will return very soon.

Marlene Hutchins

Congratulations to Braintree Bowmen archer Amelia Chumber who bags one of the first World Archery records for Barebow, WA 25m Cadet Women.

Amelia, having only just returned from competing at the Lancaster Classic in USA where she came 7th in the Women’s Barebow competition and 1st in the Cubs category, shot at the Tudor Archers WRS Valentine Shoot in February .

All barebow records were due for ratification on 1st April so it was a bit of a wait but knew her score was a winning one .

It was disappointing therefore when her record was missed from World Archery’s original records release. Archery GB worked around staff furloughs and all the other problems that the Covid pandemic has created to get the record recognised and finally confirmed.

It has been a tremendously successful year for Amelia and many thanks go to her Coach, Richard Burgess who has put in endless hours of training in developing Amelia’s archery and to Braintree Bowmen club and it’s archers for always being supportive and encouraging Amelia in all her endeavours.

Thanks also to Tudor Archers for putting on the WRS shoot.

All round success for ECAA

Asher Chumber (Amelia's Mum!)