Credit: Archery GB
Ella Gibson success continuous at National Tour Finals
On the 16th and 17th September, the UK’s finest archers assembled at Wollaton Hall in Nottingham for the National Tour Finals, competing for top podium spots in the disciplines of Recurve, Compound and Barebow archery.
World number one Ella Gibson continued her recent run of success triumphing at the National Tour Finals to secure gold in the Compound Women competition. Ella is due to compete in the 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup Final in Mexico in October. Layla Annison, who won the National Tour Finals in 2021, secured silver, whilst Izzy Carpenter, who became European Champion in Munich in mid June, finished third in bronze medal position.
Olympic archer Patrick Huston shot to victory winning gold in the Recurve Men event, taking him to five National Tour final wins, with two in a row this year and last year. Steve Davies picked up the silver medal and Sum Hin Moses Cheung took bronze.
17-year-old Penny Healey secured gold in the Recurve Women event, making it back-to-back National Tour wins for her, to add to her World Cup Antalya 2022 team gold medal and her win in the indoor World Series final. Her fellow European teammate Louisa Piper, who won gold alongside Penny in the Recurve Under-21 Women’s Team in the European Youth Championships last month, took silver and British Olympian Sarah Bettles picked up bronze.
In the Compound Men competition, Adam Carpenter, brother of Izzy Carpenter, shot to gold, beating Kai Thomas-Prause and winning his third consecutive National Tour title. Thomas-Prause took silver medal position and Adam Ravenscroft bronze.
In the Barebow Men competition, Wilco van Kleef-Bolton saw off competition from Stafford Archers’ Ralph Barwise to win gold.
The Barebow Women events saw Helen Brown of Bowmen of Pendle and Samlesbury, beat Kim Doherty to take the top spot.
This was the sixth time the National Tour competition has been held at Wollaton.