17th Jan, 2018

Evesham's Sally on World Cup duty for Great Britain

Liam Moakes 14th Jun, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

EVESHAM archer Sally Gilder is currently representing Great Britain at the latest Archery World Cup event in Antalya, Turkey, as part of Archery GB’s eight-strong recurve team.

The 19-year-old has progressed from Archery GB’s Central Performance Academy and is now in World Class talent confirmation.

She recently attended her first senior international competition in the shape of World Cup Stage Two in Antalya and is now in action in the third stage of the Hyundai Archery World Cup (June 12-19).

The Vale ace has shone in Turkey and as the Observer went to press had reached the recurve women’s third round (last 32) in which she was due to shoot against number three seed and Olympian Ksenia Perova of Russia on Thursday morning.

Gilder, a member of Evesham Archery Club, was second in the national junior rankings in 2013 and won an individual bronze medal at the 2016 Veronica’s Cup world ranking event in Slovenia and a bronze medal in the mixed team event with Ashe Morgan.

The four female recurve archers selected for the World Cup are Bryony Pitman, Gilder and Olympians Amy Oliver and Naomi Folkard.

Pitman, Oliver and Folkard were fourth at the recent European Championships.

The Archery World Cup is the final opportunity for the Archery GB team to secure team qualifying places for this summer’s Rio Olympics and a female team place could be won by Oliver, Folkard and Pitman.

There will also be the opportunity to win one female individual qualifying place for either Oliver, Folkard or Pitman, who would need to be placed in the top three in the female recurve competition.

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