Fruit boost helps GB archers to impressive medal haul
A GENEROUS donation of healthy treats helped local archers on their way to a clutch of medals during an international competition in Val d'Isere.
The British team topped several classes at the recent World Field Archery Championships, and Mere greengrocer and florist Sprout & Flower provided boxes of apples and bananas to keep them fed on the outward journey.
The team included Lizzy and Lou Rees and Evie Rawlings, who all shoot for Ballands Bowmen Archery Club in Wincanton and are pupils at Gillingham School.
Seventeen-year-old Lizzy Rees won gold in the women's team round - a first for team GB. She shot with Tracey Anderson and Naomi Folkard, who was fresh from the Olympics.
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Lizzy also finished tenth in the senior ladies' barebow competition, which earns her a place in next year's World Games. Evie Rawlings, 13, won gold in the junior women's team round in her first team GB appearance. She also finished second in the junior ladies' barebow round, in which Lou Rees was third. Lizzy and Lou's father Andrew Rees finished 26th in a strong field of 34 senior men's barebow.
The team's total medal haul included silvers in the junior men's team event and junior men's compound, plus bronzes in senior men's recurve and senior women's recurve.
Sarah Collins of Sprout & Flower said she was happy to support the local archers as Andrew's Rees' wife Jane, who is a former world champion archer, is a valuable member of her team.
"We were delighted to back the team as so many of them are local. It is amazing to have such a fantastic group of field archers in the area," Sarah said.